Quail for a festive feast

Quail has a certain exoticism, evoking candlelit banquets, heavy with game and pork and red wine. A wintery treat. They’re such pretty birds: related to the pheasant and originating from the east (most modern breeds come from the Japanese strain), they are good flyers and are known to emigrate long distances - England to Africa is not unthinkable for a cold wild quail.

November 30, 2016 by Gerard King

Local muntjac vindaloo 

My Mumbai-an friend Rawat is head chef at the highly acclaimed Sea Spice Indian restaurant that has recently opened in Aldeburgh. It’s a great place, and we often provide some carefully chosen meat for the menu. Rawat has come up with a new ‘special’ for Autumn that I’m very excited about -  East Suffolk Muntac Vindaloo.

September 19, 2016 by Gerard King

How to spatchcock a chicken

Every year at the start of bbq season I get excited by the idea that simply splitting and flattening a chicken can be such a game-changer. Not only does spatchcocking halve the cooking time of a bird whilst allowing the meat to remain on the bone and retain its flavour, it also exposes more skin for the marinade to hold on to, and it helps the meat to cook more evenly.

July 29, 2016 by Gerard King

A nice bit of skirt

My brother-in-law, who is much younger than me, always had a sophisticated palette. At the age of twelve, when I first met him, he declared that ‘bavette is much the best cut of beef.’ Of course, he’s embarrassed about his pretension now – for a start, these days he would call it ‘skirt’ not ‘bavette’; and furthermore, he wouldn’t assume to tell his butcher brother-in-law which bit of beef is best.
May 25, 2016 by Gerard King
Tags: beef recipes

Butcher wanted to join our team

We have a great opportunity for an open-minded, skilled butcher to join our small team at our traditional butcher shop and delicatessen in Aldeburgh.

Good customer service skills essential!

Full time or part-time hours available and we offer competitive rates of pay...

April 12, 2016 by Gerard King
Tags: Shop

Old Cow update - 12 year-old Lincoln Red now available

You may have read our previous blog about old cow, after the increasing interest in older beef (and cow) from Galicia and the Basque country inspired me to try raising and butchering my own, local, ‘old cow’...

March 16, 2016 by Gerard King
Tags: beef

Offaly good lamb recipes

I was reminded this week of two favourite offal dishes from my childhood when a neighbour leant me a book called ‘Odd Bits – How to Cook the Rest of the Animal’. The first was my mum’s stuffed lambs hearts with mashed potato – so comforting – and the second was second was sizzling sweetbreads, cooked by one of the Turkish customers at my dad’s old butcher’s shop in north London...

March 15, 2016 by Gerard King

Aldeburgh Mutton Week 2016

Our second Aldeburgh Mutton Week kicks off on 20th February with a programme of special events including tastings, cookery and butchery demos, special suppers and more.  Please do come and support the event and discover why mutton is so special...

February 12, 2016 by Gerard King
Tags: mutton

Why eat mutton?

Now there’s a question! Although I’m rather evangelical about mutton I can understand why it might not appeal - my mother-in-law remembers vats of grey, unappetising mutton stew at school and its taken quite a lot of convincing to get her to give it another try. However, if properly hung, mutton is full of the most delicious flavour and can be roasted and served pink...

February 08, 2016 by Gerard King

New year, new mutton recipes

I love to mark the passage of the year with seasonal meat. So that, as the frantic buzz of Christmas fades like the blossom on a winter cherry, my thoughts turn – led by an internal compass – to mutton. Because for me, February is mutton...

January 22, 2016 by Gerard King