Happy National Butchers' Week!
We bring you the lowdown on the best chops, shops and steaks in town in honour of National Butchers’ Week; recognising the creativity and passion of our nation’s butchers.
Best butchers: Turner & George
Turner & George are the perfect blend of old school technique and modern convenience: pop into their Islington butchery for expert advice and incredible British native breed meats, or simply order online and they’ll deliver to your door in 24 hours.
Shout out to: Hill & Szrok for their unusual cuts and accompanying wine
Best for British steak: Hawksmoor
The favourite of all the Taste chefs we polled, Hawksmoor’s brand of premium British cuts, great cocktails and cool vibes has spawned eight sites, a sister brand and eyes on the USA. Go with friends, plump for the sharing cuts (the porterhouse is a must-try), throw in as many sides as you can handle and leave room for the deconstructed ‘Crunchy Bar’. Trust us, it’s worth it.
Shout out to: Quality Chop House for their no-frills, unwavering quality
Best for international cuts: M Restaurant
M once caused a sensation for serving red kangaroo tartare (delicious, apparently), but they’re best at showcasing internationally sourced beef. This month the menus explore cuts of Wagyu from around the globe, so banish thoughts of little Joey and book yourself in for a culinary adventure.
Shout out to: MASH, high-class Danish-Argentinian steaks in dramatic Art Deco surrounds
Best for barbecue: Temper
A pioneer of the London barbecue scene, Neil Rankin has become synonymous with expertly charred meat. Temper is his latest outpost: expect staggering flavours, barnstorming mescal cocktails, delicious tacos and plenty of smoke.
Shout out to: Pitt Cue Co, the original street-truck-to-glory story
Best for charcuterie: Cannon & Cannon
From a Borough Market stall to one of the most recognisable suppliers in town, Cannon & Cannon have become leaders of the British charcuterie revolution. Head to their restaurant, Nape, for sensational cured British meat, small plates and craft beer.
Shout out to: Jose Pizarro‘s dreamy acorn fed Jamon Iberico