Vegetarians, I am afraid that this article is not for you – we are about to do quite a lot of talking about meat. We’ll make it up to you by directing you to an awesome vegetarian restaurant here.
So, what were we saying, ah yes that’s right. Meat. Locally chopped, free range, good quality meat from a very friendly butcher and just in time for you to get your order in for your festive feastings (if you are quick).
T&J Whenlock: A butchers like your mum used to make!
We are feeling smug today, thanks to a neighbourly hot tip that the best butcher in town, who goes by the name T&J Whenlock, could be found on the Barking Road (no. 380 to be precise) just 15 minutes from our house!
Open since 1882, it’s been on that spot longer than many of us have lived in East Ham! It has survived two world wars, at least two recessions, women getting the vote and 2016 so far (the year of doom. We might even go so far as to say year-a-geddeon) while seemingly holding on on to great quality and friendliness to boot. It is run by a husband and wife team (no, silly, they haven’t been there since 1882! ) who also happen to live in East Ham (Hi neighbours!) so is exactly the reason that we all need to #shoplocal more often.
Inside and out, T&J Whenlock is everthing you want from a butcher. All white tiles, classic oxblood (the colour, guys, not actual ox’s blood – you took it too far, ok!) wooden signs with the cuts of the day and the obligatory sausages hanging in the window. They have a beautiful old fashioned till, which we were told when we remarked upon it, had started the same day as the house butcher in the 70’s. Have your phone ready for a cheeky piccie if you get a chance – there are some insta-gems to be had.
Free range, british meat, that is tasty and reasonably priced.
And so to the nitty gritty. We came, we saw, we bought a whole heap of meat… Having been given a tip off, we had saved up our monthly shop to get a good cross section of meat for the freezer. We bought 1/2 llb of mince, 1/2 llb of shin beef (oooh, beefy stewy goodness!), 6 large sausages (we’re not talking Walls, these bad boys were twice the size), 1 chorizo (we were not expecting to find him here, but Whenlock also sells italian delicatessen treats – we’ll come back to that later), 6 slices of smoked bacon and a cheeky jar of Ouse Valley Spicy Clemantine pickle (ok, it was a panic purchase, but it was worth it. Soooo so good!).
For those of you who are keen on ethical meat, all the meat here is free range and locally sourced. The chickens are from Suffolk, Beef from Kent and the Pork from Plantation Pigs, on Brighton’s South Downs (one of the first UK Pig farmers to go completely free range and actually care for his animals).
The whole lot was £22.50 – We reckon that is not bad when you consider that it is a) Shopping locally b) Fully free range and therefore animal friendly c) Tastier than Tesco meat
Christmas Orders and an Italian Deli
What with being just up the road, and flippin’ great, we thought it would be the perfect place to order our Chrimbo dinner from. Just in case ya’ll are thinking the same, the deadline to order your Turkey and Pigs in Blankets is 10th December.
You can also buy some awesome looking if a little unexpected Italian deli treats (Yuletide Panacotta anyone?) and funky pickles so it is a good spot to splash out when prepping for your winter feast.
Local, Free Range and Friendly.
T&J Whenlock is local, friendly, ethical, the meat tastes great and the price is right. We can’t think of much else that we want from a Butchers shop – maybe a delivery right to our door from a fresh faced lad on a bicycle?
Ok, any vegetarians who have stayed with us all the way to the end, please look away now because we are going to show off the quality of the meat, by way of an extreme close up! Enjoy!
What: A proper local butchers, who sells organic and free range meat. Open 8am – 5pm Mon – Friday and 7am – 4pm Saturdays.
£££: Mid price – the supermarket is cheaper, but not as good quality.
Linky: These guys are so old school that they are not online, but Mr Google has the deets for you here