This winter, take a walk on the wild side and cook up a brace of pheasants instead of that bloated old turkey you’ve had in the freezer since 1976. Yeah? Your country guide, George Barclay.
LIVERPOOL & MERSEYSIDE
A. I. Roberts
The Crescent, West Kirby
Located in the heart of West Kirby’s town centre, A. I. Roberts has been serving the seaside town for 125 years now. Their game pies are definitely a highlight here.
Chapel Lane, Formby & Brunswick Way, Liverpool
Throughout the year, Broughs shelves are home to both farmed and wild venison. Their own recipe burgers are an accessible, and of course delicious, entry into cooking with the meat.
Edge & Son
New Chester Road, New Ferry
Celebrating their 160th birthday last year, Edge & Son have built their lofty reputation with a mix of home-reared and locally sourced meat, not least their ducks and geese, bred on their farm in Mold.
Cambridge Road, Southport
Whilst Graham Eyes may be famous in Southport for his hog roast barbeques, this butchers also ensures the area is well catered for when it comes to game and other fresh meats. Venison especially.
Hayes Traditional Butchers
Warrington Road, Rainhill
Where else in Knowsley can you buy the same meat as the Queen enjoys? Hayes brings Balmoral’s venison down to Rainhill. Only available in season, Hayes is definitely worth a visit over the coming months.
Allport Lane, Bromborough
This Bromborough outfit boasts an award winning smoked venison sausage in its impressive range. Housing its own hot deli, Muffs offers game-to-go. Beats Greggs any day.
CHESTER & CHESHIRE
A. J. Boon Butchers
Knutsford Road, Macclesfield
Sourcing their comprehensive list of game from two farms, one of which is in nearby Kermincham, A. J. Boon sell diced and ready to cook venison alongside a list of fowl including wood pigeon, mallard, and grouse from Dundee.
H. Clewlow Butchers
Pepper Street, Nantwich
How does this sound? Game pie made with pheasant, rabbit, venison, pork and, (we’re not quite finished yet) bacon? With two awards to its name we’re clearly not the only fans of this Nantwich establishment.
Redbank Farm Shop & Butchery Winwick Road, Newton Le Willows
Stocking only wild deer, Redbank’s expert in house butcher will carve their venison to the customer’s specifications. So how do you like it?
The Butchers Hale
Park Road, Hale
If, like us, you’d never heard of a ptarmigan, let alone tried to spell it, then this Hale butchers is the place for you. Depending on the season, their shelves are stocked with every other type of game bird available in the country, as well as hare and rabbit.
Burnley Rd, Rossendale
Butcher of the Year award finalists, Riley’s takes game from Ian Banks’ shoots (see our Game On feature) and celebrates the best shot-in-Lancashire produce.
Booths, various locations
The Lancashire born-and-bred supermarket chain champions made-right-here produce, not least at Christmas, with their excellent array of produce. Try their Holme Farm wild boar, or their game box crammed with wild game from estates in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire. It includes a brace of plucked partridge and a brace of pheasant, and a game mix for making a pie or stew.
Manchester & Greater Manchester
Lords of Middleton
Old Hall Street, Middleton
Another North West butchers which rubs shoulders with the Queen, their cuts of Balmoral venison are currently available as filleted steaks or, for the more experienced and adventurous cooks, as the joints of the Red Deer’s haunches.
The Butchers Quarter
Tib Street, Northern Quarter
A favorite of ours here at Bitten, this is not the first time we’ve waxed lyrical about this Northern Quarter beauty. Quality chefs, excellent service and a central location offer a convenient alternative to cooking at home.
S & D Kirk Butchers
Hollin Lane, Styal & Hale Road, Hale Barns
This duo of butchers has been supplying the area with local produce for nearly forty years and offers a fine seasonal collection of game. Located near Wilmslow and Alderley Edge, the two brothers’ venison sausages are a definite highlight.
Bodnant Welsh Food Centre Furnace Farm, Conwy
This extremely slick food emporium features an array of seasonal game to compliment the plethora of local meets found on its shelves. Oh, and if you fancy a bottle of red to match your venison then this Conwy institution houses a wine cellar too.
Hawarden Estate Farm Shop
Chester Road, Hawarden
The adjacent delicatessen to this Hawarden shop showcases the quality of meat available here. Exhibiting some of the best venison in North Wales, the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is well worth the visit.
If you’re looking for an alternative to your regular Sunday Roast then Home Farm has you covered. With individual pheasants available at a very competitive £6.85 or the diminutive Christmas classic partridge at only £5.90 a bird, the excuses for still serving the same chicken each week are running out.
38 Austhorpe Rd
This popular, family run butchers sells game sourced on the moors nearby – and they’ve got a great online ordering service for venison steaks, duck fillets, pheasants and whatever’s in season.
10 Robin Lane
Pudsey’s finest specialise in wild game meat, butchered in-house. All of which means you can order whatever cut you choose. Flat iron of venison, madam? Coming right up.
Skye’s House Farm
Farm shop, and home deliveries within a wide radius of this busy working farm – with its own herd of red deer. They also source fallow and roe, and birds such as duck, teal and partridge.