With the big, dark shadow of a massive Tesco’s hanging over the wee town of Seaton, we are indeed most lucky to have not one, but two independent butchers. Besides the very good GW Meats who we have already blogged about, we also have the Mulberry Manor Meat Butcher (18 Fore Street, Seaton, EX12 2LA, 01297 20915) in easy access from our home. Since moving here in November 2012, one thing that has stood out to us is the seriously excellent quality of the local UK meat (Devon & Dorset seem to be in top form) and the continued presence in many small towns and villages of the independent butcher.
Mulberry appears to be striving for a smaller selection (they almost seems to be ordered in for the that day) in the “less is more” vein of thought. Their beef comes from Orkney Island in Scotland and the lamb & pork from farms just outside of Axminster, Devon. In addition, Mulberry Manor also offers several take home meals every day (e.g., chicken kiev or shepherd’s pie or pollo parmesan ). One specialty that Mulberry Manor carries that we are keen to try is their Barbary Duck Breasts, brought in from France. Barbary ducks are a slower growing duck which yields a larger quantity of leaner, darker meat (especially the males) – yum. Another of their offered cuts we have tried several times are the lamb chump chops and they were superb.
The Mulberry Manor Meats’ delivery truck – now that’s a classy butcher’s delivery truck.
And this is one of Hound #1’s absolute favourite shops to stop in…
(In response to the revelation that Tesco’s has been using horse meat in its burgers)
We are lucky in that there are two independent butchers in Seaton – GW Meats and Mulberry Manor Meats. Lucky, because a massive Tesco’s opened in Seaton just over a year ago and both butchers survived. Probably because they are really good. You won’t get meat of this quality, at this price, in Tesco’s. Nor the selection as GW Meats has the usual suspects & cuts (beef, pork, lamb & chicken) but also carries duck (breasts & whole) and our much favoured Skirt Steak. And they are very willing to have a chat & respond – we initially queried them for free range chicken which they did not carry but within a week they did.
You also won’t get the sense of humour of our local butcher. Not just in the over-the-counter banter (only bettered by the proprietor of Akerman’s ironmongers in Fore Street), but also in the signs that change every week or so. Old school humour from an old school butcher – we love it.