The recent horsemeat scandal could change Britain’s eating habits, encouraging people either to buy less meat or to shop at the local butcher’s rather than at a supermarket. According to the online poll of 2,257 adults carried out at the end of last week by the market research company Consumer Intelligence, 62% of people surveyed said they are now more likely to use their local independent butcher.
We are lucky to live in an area where good local butchers can still be found, and we’ll have one of them – Walman Butchers and Delicatessen, based in the village of Launton, Bicester – at the spring market on 9 March. Walman Butchers have an excellent reputation locally for quality and value for money, and of course can trace exactly where all their meat comes from. The vast majority of their meat is locally sourced and they support non-intensive farming wherever possible. As well as the range of meat you’d expect to find, they also offer a good selection of produce including homemade meat pies, home-cooked ham, homemade sausages, organic meats, and frozen ready meals which are made on the premises. And, in the right season, I can attest that their venison, locally shot of course, is superb.
So, if you eat meat at all, support your local butchers, and ensure that they keep thriving.