Our Meaty Guide To Christmas Gifts

If Christmas shopping sends a shiver down your back, and you get a pang of guilt every time you catch a glimpse of a window display, then we’ve got some gift ideas that might just save your bacon this year.

PRESENTS FOR BUDDING BUTCHERS

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Yep, you’ve guessed it, our butchery classes – but they really are rather good and we’ve introduced two new classes: seasonal game and poultry.

Students get a hands-on lesson, a two-course meal with wine and their handiwork – joint or sausages – to take home. We also offer pork, beef, lamb, or sausage classes, which last 3.5 hours including dinner. It’s a great evening for all of those wanting to know a little more about their meat. £155 per person.

FOR THE COOKBOOK COLLECTOR / MEAT PROJECTEER

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We have two books now, and they’re both essentials.

Our original tome The Meat Book gives a good grounding in what goes into quality meat, a tour of all the cuts and what to look and ask for when buying produce, all set within a year on Grange Farm. The Farmhouse Cookbook takes a more holistic look at rural life, and is ideal for anyone wanting to grab a slice of the Good at home. It contains several curing projects as well as plenty of bottling, chutney making and even a bit of fruity booze creating, so would suit anyone who likes to have-a-go in their own kitchen.

To find out more about, and buy our books, click here. £16.50 each (RRP £25).

FOR CHOOSY CARNIVORES

Gift vouchers – all of the meaty love, no chance of getting it wrong. Available in denominations of £10, a brilliant addition to one of our books even if we do say so ourselves. Available in some stores, online and from our head office. From £10.

For more information or to buy our gift vouchers online, click here

STOCKING FILLERS

No one wants to find a mouldy old sausage stuffed into their stocking, so here are some slightly less perishable ideas.

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All lovingly made in Yorkshire. All £4.50, available in the shops.

– Bread and butter pickle: for the burger aficionado in your life. Dinky slivers of cucumber sweet-pickled with onions and spices to slather over a thick beef patty. (With bacon of course)

– Banana chutney: a smooth, sour-sweet chutney for the curry connoisseur. The perfect, and far tastier replacement for the classic mango chutney – perfect for dipping those poppadums.

– Pear and vanilla jam: a pale and interesting preserve for anyone who’s getting bored of their morning toast. See also our Really Raspberry jam (with its disco pink label!)

– Strawberry Conserve or Pink Grapefruit and Fig Marmalade.

– Cropton Brewery Yorkshire beers: five varieties now available in our Marylebone store. Ciders and ales from a brewery still going after 500 years. As you can guess, they’re award winners, too.

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