We’ve found the best butchers the north has to offer

by Northern Life

There’s nothing better than heading to your local butcher and picking up delicious, fresh, locally produced meat. Whether you’re looking for a lamb chop, a tasty steak, bacon, sausages or even duck, venison or goose, your local butcher is guaranteed to be able to help you – and give you great tips on cooking it to boot. We’ve found the best butchers the north has to offer so step away from the supermarket aisles and into these fab four…

Drake & Macefield

Shops in Skipton and Settle

Established in 1898, this family butchers is a Yorkshire staple. Drake and Macefield are Craven’s longest established traditional and independent family butchers. They’ve won numerous local and national awards making them one of Britain’s best butchers and offer top quality meat sourced from reputable and established local farmers through their flagship field-to-plate partnerships. Drake and Macefield are committed to taste, traceability and boosting their local communities. They also sell award winning pies and pastries,their winning steak and kidney pie is simply divine and their pork pies also come highly recommended. So the next time you’re over in Skipton or Settle, make sure you pop in to Drake and Macefield – one thing is for sure – you won’t regret it!

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H Weatherhead and Son

Shops in Skipton and Pateley Bridge

Another quality Yorkshire butcher, H Weatherhead and Son are famous for their quality meats, juicy pork pies and friendly approach. They’ve won countless awards including the top gong at the ‘Rural Oscars’ – UK Champion Butcher in 2013 at the Countryside Alliance Awards. A traditional butcher’s shop supplying everything from pies to sausages to black pudding and much more, H Weatherhead and Son believe in keeping ‘food miles’ to  a minimum and source all their produce from local Yorkshire farmers – and if you don’t believe us then head to their website where they list where their meat for that week has come from. You don’t get much more local than that! So join the flocks who travel from miles around and take a trip to H Weatherhead and Son and treat yourself to delicious Yorkshire produce.

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Holmemade – A. Laverack & Son

50 & 84 High Street, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, York, YO43 4EN

A. Laverack and Son have been trading for more than 150 years. Spanning over five generations, Laverack’s have been supplying high quality, locally reared beef, pork, lamb and poultry from the very same site in Holme-On-Spalding-Moor.  A traditional family butchers, Laverack’s have a whole host of products from the finest cuts of meats to gorgeous sausages, home cured bacon and a whole range of pre-prepared products including their ‘Mexican Madness’ – their finest sirloin steak marinated in a blend of Mexican spices. Sourcing their ingredients only from a trusted network of local suppliers, the furthest any of their cattle have travelled from field to fork is just seven miles! They are passionate about animal welfare meaning they visit farms to ensure each animal has a happy and healthy life. They’ve also featured on BBC programme ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ where celebrity chefs including Gino D’Acampo purchased their meat!

And even better yet? Laverack’s also have a bakery. We recommend trying their delicious pork pies – the best of both worlds.

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Taplin’s Butchers

206-207 John Street Market, Bradford, BD1 3SS

Established in 1916, Taplin’s Butchers have been a staple in Bradford for over 100 years. Opened and run by the same family for three generations (and with the fourth already working in the shop!) Taplin’s Butchers have years of expertise when it comes to everything meaty! They pride themselves on providing freshly prepared meat and meat products of impeccable quality and their reputation speaks for itself! Whether its juicy sausages, a succulent steak or a decadent burger, one thing is for sure Taplin’s are a must visit when in Bradford. They also have a number of ‘meat packs’ available meaning you can have quality, locally sourced meat all month at a mouth-watering price. If you’re local they offer a free home delivery service and for the big spenders amongst you they accept card payments on site.

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