Butchers in Hertfordshire: 10 of the best
PUBLISHED: 14:58 06 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:58 06 December 2016
From high street to online butchers, we have gathered 10 of the best places to buy your Christmas turkey in Hertfordshire
1. Foxholes Farm Shop, Butchery & Tea Room, Hertford
Foxholes Farm Shop, Butchery & Tea Room in Hertford is the 2016 Hertfordshire Life Food and Drink Awards Food Education Award and Independent Retailer of the Year Award winner. Carefully rearing pigs and sourcing other meats from local sources before expertly preparing it for you to cook on Christmas Day, there is lots to choose from at Foxholes, with the on site cheese deli, lots of fruit and vegetables and even a tea room to refuel at before taking your Christmas haul home with you.
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2. Brookfield Farm Butchery, Stevenage
The butcher at Brookfield Farm in Stevenage has over 90 years of experience so your Christmas meat is in good hands – and it has a lot of awards under its belt as proof. Staff will be happy to offer suggestions, meal ideas and cooking tips for your high quality meat to create the perfect festive spread this year. You can find a slow grown turkey for ultimate texture and flavour that will create a striking centre for your Christmas meal.
3. R. K. Chapman’s Butchers, Baldock
Located on Baldock’s high street is R. K. Chapman’s Butchers offering plenty of meats that are perfect for Christmas. There are white or bronze free range turkeys available in a range of sizes and everything from pheasant and cranberry pies to gammon to serve up on Boxing Day. Find cheeses, olives and other treats at the deli counter that will perfectly complement any buffet, Christmas party or dishes alongside the turkey on Christmas Day.
4. Hedges Farm Shop, St Albans
The turkeys sold at Hedges Farm Shop in St Albans are reared on site with three varieties available: white, bronze and Norfolk black. They are hand reared without the use of additives or growth hormones for as much flavour as possible. Why not pick up some smoked gammon or lamb that are grass fed and grazed at the farm too.
5. A & C Meats, St Albans
Opening in 1995, A & C Meats on St Albans’ Catherine Street, has served residents of St Albans with high quality meat ever since. Animal welfare is a strong interest, sourcing meats from wherever the highest quality produce is located. With famous Norfolk turkeys for Christmas, you can choose between white or bronze that will elicit gasps of excitement when brought through to the Christmas Day dining table. You can also buy other festive accoutrements including delicatessen produce, goose fat to smother over roast potatoes and even organic juices.
6. Bridget B’s Traditional Meats, Watton-at-Stone
Based at Sacombe Hill Farm, the family-run Bridget B’s Traditional Meats in Watton-at-Stone was a finalist in the 2016 Hertfordshire Life Food and Drink Awards’ Pride of Hertfordshire Award. They supply to many local restaurants and eateries that want high quality meat for their dishes. With awards including the much coveted Burke Trophy, Bridget is renowned as one of the top beef farmers. You are sure to find quality meat whether its turkey for Christmas or pork, beef, lamb, chicken, game, venison and a whole host of extras to be found directly from Sacombe Hill Farm or Watton-at-Stone’s high street butcher shop.
7. Eastwoods of Berkhamsted
With a host of awards to its name, Eastwoods of Berkhamsted is a trusted butcher that serves some of the highest quality meat around. There is a special list of meat and poultry cuts for Christmas on the Christmas order form available on the website. With everything you need for the perfect meal from a whole Kelly Bronze Turkey and dry cured gammon right down to pigs in blankets, and home made stuffing and homemade pies for Boxing Day.
8. Trussells Family Butcher, Knebworth
Keeping a close relationship with the farms that supply their meat, Trussells Family Butcher in Knebworth make sure the animals are slow reared for better flavour and texture. For the most important meal of the year, you can find Christmas hampers which include everything you need for a perfect day. The ‘Connoisseur Hamper’ includes a 12lb bronze turkey, a two bone rib of beef, a 3lb gammon joint, 1lb of back bacon, 1lb of streaky bacon, 1lb of pork chipolatas, 1lb of pork sausage meat, one jar of cranberry sauce and one jar of goose fat which is sure to last you through the Christmas season, including everyone’s favourite Boxing Day turkey and leftovers sandwich.
9. The Digswell Butcher, Digswell
Martin Rubra is the owner at The Digswell Butcher in Digswell and is wholeheartedly dedicated to his customers who expect the highest quality meats. He works tirelessly to bring the best meat from local suppliers to get the best texture and flavour from their well treated animals. The free range poultry available is the perfect Christmas table bird and there is plenty to find in the delicatessen including cheeses, inventive garnishes such as smoked garlic to rub on your meat, local honey comb and much more. That’s the main meal, side dishes and Boxing Day buffet taken care of.
10. Crumps, Ashwell
Turkeys and geese are just the ticket from Crumps Butchers on Mill Street in Ashwell. With beautifully reared poultry that is in its prime over the Christmas period, Crumps is a perfect shop to find your free range bird. There are always delicious accompaniments specially crafted for the festive season so head down to Mill Street and leave with armfuls of meat, cheeses, pates, pastries and more.