Your Local Traditional Butchers
Based in Crouch End N8, Morley Butchers are continuing a long tradition – there has been a butchers shop at this location since Broadway Parade was built at the end of the 1800’s. We are pleased to be one of the independent retailers that make Crouch End such an attractive and vibrant community. As local shop we can be responsive and attentive to our customers specific needs in a way that is not possible for a large supermarket or chain. This picture shows what the street would have looked like from our shop when it first opened.
Traditional butchers skills and knowledge
With many years of butchering experience and skills we can offer our customers a full range of cuts trims and presentations to ensure that your choice for dinner party, Sunday Roast or indulgent steak for supper looks and tastes perfect. We work with the whole animal so can offer help, cooking advice along with a wide selection that will help you to get the best match for your budget or the recipe you want to cook. You will always get better value and less waste buying the exact amount you need rather than shrink wrapped packages at a set weight.
With most large animals, different cuts are better suited for different recipes and cooking methods. The most tender cuts for frying, grilling or BBQ. Others will reward slow cooking by braising or in stews. Don’t forget many of the value cuts deliver the richest and deepest flavours. Its no coincidence that many Celebrity chefs and TV cooks are endorsing cheaper “forgotten cuts” that were used in the past – they offer great taste and flavour. But you need to visit a traditional butcher who can source and prepare them for you – we can help.
Traditional butchers skills are also important for the ageing and storing of meat before it is sold. Morley Butchers dry store for extra ageing to improve the final flavour and tenderness of our meat. When “hung” or aged, natural enzymes in the meat break down the connective tissue in the muscle, which leads to more tender cut on you plate also some moisture loss helps concentrate the flavour. This is particularly true for Beef. Most supermarket meat is “wet-aged” – cut up and shrink-wrapped shortly after slaughter. The meat will still mature, but in a different way, and you will be paying for all the liquid, perhaps 20% of the total weight.
But its not just about presentation or variety. In recent years consumers have been worried by the many horse and other mystery meat scandals. Many deciding that pre packaged or processed meat products might not be a reliable choice. If you want more certainty about what is on your plate and the way in which you food has been produced a traditional butchers can tell you in some detail about what you are buying – not just where it is from but how it was raised, what it ate and its journey from the farm to the shop counter. The last is part is important because lamb, beef or any other meat shipped from abroad will most likely have travelled frozen and the taste will not be as good.
At Morley Butchers we select the best suppliers so our customers can be confident that the meat they buy from us is not only good eating but comes from a traceable source where the animals have had a wholesome free range lifestyle, enjoyed high welfare standards and a natural diet. On our counter you will find a selection of the finest quality Beef, Lamb, Pork, Poultry and Game. (You can see more details about them in the different product sections of our website.)
One of the most appealing aspects to a traditional butchers shop is the transparency for the customer. You can see the product and watch it being prepared. Nothing is hidden and you can ask questions and get advice at the same time. A far cry from an anonymous pre wrapped pack or box in a chiller cabinet.
Local food producer
As traditional butchers we produce our own Gammon here in the shop using the best cuts of Free Range Blythburgh Pork and a 28 day Dry Cure process. The Gammon is also smoked on the premises. We also produce our own Biltong and Boerewors on the premises to traditional South African technique and recipes.
Multi Award Winning: Best Butcher in London 2014 & 2015
Morley Butchers of Crouch End have been winners two years running (2014 and 2015) in the Slow Food London Awards being recognised as the Best Butchers in London. These annual awards (which have an open nomination period of a five weeks) is the only award scheme which recognises retailers that have put quality sourcing at the heart of their business. Also there is no shortlist for the public choose from. This makes these awards the true consumer award for quality food. In 2015 there were over 39,000 votes cast and over 200 entrants to the Best Butchers category.
Slow Food is categorised by Good, Clean and Fair – that is food which is good quality, produced in a sustainable way which doesn’t damage the environment and for which both the producer and the consumer get a fair price. The awards were created by Slow Food London to support and highlight the growing number of quality food retailers and producers within London which are the polar opposite of the discount and large supermarket chains.
The award to Morley Butchers recognises their excellence in butchery, time-honed skills, as well as an impressive range of game and quality meat.
You can find out more about Slow Food London on their website
Come and see us we are open:
- Monday to Friday: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm
- Saturday: 8.30 am – 4.00 pm
If you are not in Crouch End get in touch online.