Any way they slice it, a butcher can drastically improve even the most simple of meals, or swiftest of shopping trips. While we missed the variety, quality and friendly service of our local butchers during Auckland’s recent level 4 lockdown, we’re lining up to enjoy their fresh new selection, especially when preparing for double-bubble BBQs.
The 2021 Denizen Everyday Heroes survey saw over 12,000 votes cast in support of local businesses during these challenging times, with the aim of shining a light on the people and places that make our day. Here are Auckland’s favourite butchers, as voted by you.
MOST VOTED: Westmere Butchery
Chances are, you’ve already heard of the award-winning Westmere Butchery. Owned by David Rossiter — who has more than 45 years in the butchery business and has passed his skills onto every member of his dedicated team — its service and selection have a cult-following, which often queues out the door. In particular, Westmere Butchery is famous for its top-quality sausages and hams, free-range cuts of chicken and pork, and international specialities, including Scottish haggis and South African droëwors and biltong. With each selection packaged to perfection, Westmere Butchery is also running a prompt delivery service for online purchases in our level 3 lockdown.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Well Hung Butchery, Milford
A gourmet butcher specialising in premium, dry-aged meat, Well Hung Butchery may have a cheeky name, but it takes its meat seriously. As well as fresh premium cuts and poultry, this collective of artisan butchers source sustainably farmed New Zealand Angus Pure, Matangi Angus and First Light Wagyu beef — the traditional dry-ageing techniques only enhancing the tender flavours in the meat.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Ellerslie Meats
Specialising in organic free-range beef, venison, lamb, chicken and rabbit, Ellerslie Meats takes pride in every cut. The knowledgeable staff also boast award-winning gluten-free sausages, and mānuka smoked bacon and ham.
The rest of the best…
Auckland Halal Meats, Sandringham
Victoria Ave Butcher, Remuera
The Village Butcher, Takapuna
Clark’s Organic Meat Specialists, Glen Eden
Gladstone Butchery, Parnell
Coates Avenue Butchery, Orakei
Tucker’s Meat, Mt Albert