We know by now we shouldn’t be panic and mass buying products, so get local, support independents and not Tesco and get your meat, eggs, bread and wine from your local butchers…
The Butcher’s Quarter
The Butcher’s Quarter may be situated in the Northern Quarter, but that’s not to say the meat is too. Sourced from the likes of the Peak District, Yorkshire and Lancashire, the meat at the Butcher’s Quarter is of the freshest quality, but that’s not all they have to offer. With any good cut of meat, it is customary to select an equally delicious bottle of wine. And perhaps even some hand-selected cheeses for afters. The Butcher’s Quarter is more than just a butchers; it is also winery, deli and cheese stockist too.
The Butcher’s Quarter, 66 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG
0161 637 9700
Axons of Didsbury
There are few things more satisfying than purchasing your meat from a local, independent butcher. Axons of Didsbury serves quality meat which has been sourced locally, meaning it is of the freshest quality. Unlike many supermarket chains, Axons offers a selection of free-range meats and eggs at a price that won’t empty your wallet. From tender cuts of lamb to large juicy chickens, Axons has everything you need to make your dinner something special!
Axons of Didsbury, 5 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M20 6TN
0161 445 1795
J W Mettrick & Son Ltd
Glossop’s very own JW Mettrick is the best place to go for award-winning local produce. They source everything from the Peak District, North West and the Midlands, with all of their cattle passing through their very own abattoir. This small and traceable supply chain ensures that all the meat they supply is of the upmost quality – you’re getting the proper stuff here.
J W Mettrick & Son Ltd, 20-22 High St W, Glossop SK13 8BH
01457 852 239
The Arndale’s meat and fish market offers quality stock at an insanely low price. From newly caught whole salmon to giant packs of chicken breasts for less than a tenner, you’ll certainly be left with some change at the end of your trip. So for a mouth-watering dinner on a budget, look no further.
Manchester Arndale, 16-18 Arndale Centre, Manchester M4 3AQ
0161 839 6272
Located over in Ashton’s excellent Market Hall, Pearsons have a long history of top-quality goods since 1984. Run by father and son team, they sell the very best in British beef, lamb and pork and their bacon is home cured. Their award-winning sausages are outstanding and are made in-house right there. I’ve yet to try them but if you get the chance – go for their Honey Glazed Parsnip Sausages and you’re laughing.
Pearsons Butchers, 58 Ashton Market Hall, Bow Street, OL6 6BZ
0161 330 8607
Walmsleys Butchers in Ramsbottom has been recognised as one of the best butchers in the entire country. Despite being modest in size, Walmsleys has won many awards over the years and it’s easy to see why. Unlike many high-street supermarkets, the butchers hang some of the meat for at least 14 days and ensure that all of their cuts are free from additives and hormones. However, Walmsleys real selling point is their dedication to the animals. All non-intensively reared and grass fed; only the healthiest and happiest animals are chosen (and of course, they are killed in the most humane way).
Walmsleys Butchers, 31 Bridge St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AD
Located on Queensway in Burnage, Wheildons take huge pride in their locally-sourced produce and their home made dishes. This place used to be my go-to stop for massive curly Cumberland Sausages when making brekkie and if I still lived nearby – would be now. They also serve up a decent selection of fruit and veg – a lot like the green grocers from the early 90’s that my mam used to make me visit twice a day.
Wheildons, 5 Queensway, Manchester M19 1QP
0161 432 2152
Howarths of Flixton
If you want quality, you’re going to have to fork out the cash. However, how can you be sure that what you’re paying for is of the standard you expect? Well, at PJ Howarth Butcher in Flixton, you can trust in their promise. After all, they have been voted Manchester’s best butcher! With dozens of meats and extras to choose from, this quant shop caters for all pallets – even those who require gluten-free.
Howarths of Flixton, 304 Flixton Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 5DP
0161 748 0199
Hazeldines is a close family-run butchers in Stockport that has been trading since 1932. Now onto their third generation of butchers, the experts at Hazeldines have decades of experience selecting the finest cuts of meat that each and every one of their customers love. Working closely with suppliers, every slice, cut or joint of meat is to the highest possible standard, and promises to make your feast extra tasty.
Hazeldines Butchers and Bakers Ltd, 63/65 Commercial Rd, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4BG
0161 483 2334
WH Frost Butchers
This fantastic butchers in Chorlton not only serve expert cuts of meat to many of the city’s dining establishments but are also a shining example of how to use Twitter effectively and in an entertaining way for any business. Established in the early 70’s, the brilliantly named Jack Frost and his sons have been providing people with a vast array of beef, pork, lamb and everything else you could think of, including many lesser known cuts that you definitely wouldn’t find in your local Tesco.
W H Frost, 12-14 The Square, Chorlton, M21 9AQ
0161 881 8172