Food

Local butcher shops beat supermarkets

I bought a piece of pork belly from the butcher's at the weekend and came to realise that not only is the experience much more engaging than the depersonalized packet buying at supermarkets, but the quality of the meat is so much better. A thick layer of fat combined with a chunky layer of meat made for a fantastic crisp skin with meltingly tender meat underneath. The quality of the meat is just the start of it. I love the gamey smells that emanate from the meat hanging in the window, the local accents of the family owners and the idea of good local produce. I love the rapport you are able to build with the staff and the scope for exploration in choosing different cuts of meat. Why would anyone buy their meat from a supermarket if this kind of food destination is available? Long live the British butcher!

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