Some things just go together, like PB and jelly, and Posh and Becks, so this year we’ve teamed up with MINI to bring you, our discerning readers and drivers, our fortnightly MINI Fave 5 series: The must-try guide to Sydney, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch!
SO WHO’S ON OUR LIST OF SYDNEY'S BEST BUTCHERS?
As a certain famous yellow character once said, “you don’t make friends with salad”. And while we think salad is pretty great and that you can make friends with the stuff, there’s nothing quite like stepping into a good quality butcher, picking out a delicious cut and grilling/slow cooking/BBQing it like a total boss.
It’s hard not to be completely inspired by all the meats at these Sydney butchers, and you’ll probably walk out with more than what was on your shopping list, but that’s all part of the fun. Plus, you might end up trying something completely new, and what’s not to love about that?
Cleavers up people, here are our fave five butchers in Sydney.
Victor Churchill has been in the meat game since 1876, which is a long time by anyone’s standards. Open the door (complete with the cutest sausage handle) and step into one of the most beautiful butchers in Sydney. With exposed sandstone walls, a glass room where the butchers do their work and cabinets filled with the most glorious cuts of meat, it’s easy to see why this Woollahra butcher is one of the most revered around town.
Growing from one to five stores in Australia, Hudson Meats have established themselves as one of the best butchers in Sydney. They follow a paddock to plate philosophy which sees them sourcing regional produce and working with the suppliers to bring customers the very best. Not quite sure what to get? The staff are super helpful and will guide you through the myriad of meats so that you go home with a winning cut.
Feather and Bone
Feather and Bone are no ordinary butchers. They truly care about the welfare of the animals and believe there’s a link between how an animal was raised and how it tastes on the plate. “We don’t shy away from the fact that we’re all about eating animals. But we believe that if you’re going to farm, kill and eat animals then you have an obligation to treat every step of the process with the greatest respect and consideration possible,” says Feather and Bone and we couldn’t agree more. Pop into their Marrickville store or order your meat online, either way you’ll be supporting local farmers, an inspirational butcher, and scoring yourself some delicious meat in the process.
The Artisan Butcher
Husband and wife team Paul and Samantha Beard threw open the doors to The Artisan Butcher in 2012 and haven’t looked back. Wanting to share their love of all things food, they source the highest quality meats as well as a range of cheeses, sauces, dips and stocks. As an integral part of the Potts Point community, The Artisan Butcher also hold regular cheese and wine tastings as well as butchery classes.
The Australian Meat Emporium
Shopping for meat has never been so fun. And before you write us off for being total oddballs, let us explain why. Firstly, you don one of the warm coats that are hanging near the front door and step into the largest “fridge” you’ll ever come across. Essentially a refrigerated warehouse, The Australian Meat Emporium has almost any kind of meat you could want (and all at really good prices). Prepare yourself folks, you’re going home with a freezer full of meat from this Sydney butcher whether you planned to or not.
Pro tip: After you pay, you can have your meat cut, sliced or minced how you want by the pros at the butcher counter. Amazing!
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