17 of the best independent butchers in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 18:39 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 20:53 24 February 2016
Some call it a dying art, but butchers in Surrey are still holding strong whilst faced with competition from supermarkets. Here’s a selection of Surrey's best for meat lovers
Bentleys of Surrey
In November 2009, the oldest butchers shop in East Molesey was transformed. Formerly known as The Meat Team, the shop underwent an extensive re-design and was re-launched as Bentleys of Surrey. A butcher’s shop has traded at the same address since the late 1800s. The current owner, Gary Bentley, has worked in the meat trade for over 40 years.
Contacts: 020 8941 8417 / bentleysofsurrey.co.uk
Having stocked Garsons Farm Shop for over 20 years, it was only a matter of time before they moved in to have a full-service butcher’s counter. It’s headed up by Robin Bevan, the fourth generation of his family to run the business since it was started by his great-grandfather in Kingston in 1929.
Contacts: 01372 460951 / garsons.co.uk
Black Barn Butchers
Black Barn Butchers was opened in March 2012 when director David Mitchell took on an empty unit at Secretts Farm Shop and converted it into a butchery.
Contacts: 01483 520522 / blackbarnbutchers.co.uk
The Butchers Hall
Home Farm lies at the foot of Leith Hill and is about four miles (as the pig flies) from The Parrot pub. So it’s no surprise the family who owns the farm and pub, decided to branch out with a Prime Minister approved Butchers Hall and Country Grocer.
Contacts: 01306 621188 / thebutchershall.co.uk
The opening of this new independent butchery in Dorking has caused much excitement. Dorking Butchery specialise in dry aged beef, matured for four weeks to ensure maximum tenderness and flavour, but have plenty more to offer too - including some locally-themed bangers.
Contact: 01306 640517 / thedorkingbutchery.co.uk
F Conisbee & Son
A former meat inspector, a ninth generation farmer and butcher, Steve Conisbee rears between 350 to 400 cattle, 600 to 900 sheep and nearly 4,000 turkeys on their farm in the Bookham and Fetcham area. They’ve been based in East Horsley since 1784!
Contacts: 01483 282073 / fconisbee.com
James of Shepperton
With over 15 years experience in butchering, James of Shepperton is run by husband and wife team James and Katie Lally. Southern chairman of the Q Guild of Butchers, James teamed up with Theo Paphitis last year to judge the ‘Chertsey Sausage’ competition in support of flooding victims.
Contacts: 01932 254345 / butchers-shop.com
Morgan’s of Farnham
With 50 years of experience in the meat business, James Morgan has butchery in his blood! Since 2001, Morgan’s of Farnham has been in place and James’ son Paul, Gavin Woodman and Christopher Jerrum make up the rest of the experienced team.
Contacts: 01252 715551 / morgansbutchers.co.uk
This shop has traded in meat for over 150-years and some of the original 1860 decorative Victorian Royal Doulton tiles can still be found on the walls. Between Brian, Paul and Mark, they have more than 90-years experience of the butchery trade. They even supply some of Hampton Court Palace’s meat.
Contacts: 020 8979 3800 / pjdale.co.uk
Priory Farm Shop
Inside the farm shop at Priory Farm, which was named the county’s best at the 2014 Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards, you’ll find a butcher’s counter worthy of such an establishment.
Contacts: 01737 822603 / prioryfarm.co.uk
Serving the local community in the village of Pyrford, which nestles between West Byfleet and Old Woking, Graham Turner’s team pride themselves on top quality meat that is hard to find in pre-packed supermarket aisles, yet competitively prices.
Contacts: 01932 352232 / pyrfordbutchers.co.uk
Prince & Sons
At Prince & Sons Butchers they’ve spent over 40 years building a reputation for excellence in butchery. Much in demand is some of Surrey’s finest free range pork from Shackleford’s Plantation Pigs.
Contacts: 01483 767114 / princeandsons.co.uk
Rawlings of Cranleigh
Established in 1982, Rawlings of Cranleigh is a family run business owned by Robert Rawlings, who has had a lengthily career in the butchering trade and prides himself on the quality of the meat that is sold from the shop.
Contacts: 01483 274321 / rawlingsofcranleigh.co.uk
Robert and Edwards
Reigate and Oxted
Last year, Robert and Edwards teamed up with The Jolly Farmers and The Fox Revived pubs to create the Surrey Hills Heritage Sausage, which is the only banger to carry the Surrey Hills badge of approval! It also says all you need to know about this family butcher’s field to plate credentials.
Established in 1904, you’ll find John and Ian (with over 30 years experience as High Street butchers) manning the counter at Roberts Butchers these days.
Contacts: 01932 562749 / robertsbutcherschertsey.co.uk
Surrey Hills Butchers
30-something butcher Simon Taylor has worked in traditional butcher shops since he was 13. You might have spotted him at any number of local events championing “a dying art form”.
Contacts: 01372 844890 / butcherscook.com
Meeting the demands of the Ashtead area for over seven years, William Dyer offer baked goods from their talented team of cooks (check out the pies and sausage rolls!), as well as their expert butchery services.
Contacts: 01372 275155 / williamdyerbutchers.co.uk
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