The Butchers Block

Our Signature Spiced Beef

“Each year, once I smell those aromatic spices in late November – that to me is the first tell tale sign, its almost Christmas” –  Hugh Maguire. In the first two weeks of November, the silverside or topside of beef is cured by Hugh or William in Ashbourne. They cure the beef for almost 48 […]
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Meet the farmers behind your free range Turkey and Geese!

Whether you are having the traditional turkey or maybe opting for the on trend Christmas goose at this years festive feast, wouldn’t you feel better knowing where it comes from? And not just that, knowing that the animals are reared and raised in a traditional, natural environment that allows them to roam about freely.   […]
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Your local craft butcher is for life, not just for Christmas …

What is it that makes your local craft butcher so special at Christmas? Every year, thousands flood to their local craft butcher at Christmas time . It could be to pick up their sons favourite sausage meat or the contents of a tasty Christmas morning fry up . It might also be for some simple […]
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This year so far…

This is personal… I just wanted to thank everyone again for the support we’ve been receiving over the past two decades! This has been an extraordinary year for us with the success of the Smokin’ Butcher Competition and the new retail pack for last year’s Great Taste Awards Supreme Champion the Smoked Black Pudding, opening […]
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Yes, Black Pudding is Healthy!

Our award winning Black Puddings can be recognised as a healthy product too! You may have heard that our Smoked Black Pudding won the Golden Fork at the Great Taste Awards in 2017 and that our traditional Black Pudding just won Silver at Blas na hEireann 2018. They were not only great achievements for us, […]
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Beef Brisket… Versatile, Budget Friendly and Delicious!

From smoked to oven roasted, slow cooked to braised, Beef Brisket is the ultimate family dinner. But What Is Brisket? Beef brisket has the richest natural meaty flavour and is one of my favourite cuts for slow cooking. The flavour comes, in part, from the extra long cooking time required to break down the fibers of the […]
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