My favourite place to buy meat is Bevan’s Butchers at Longacres Garden Centre. Bevan’s was founded at the end of the 19th century but the current business was established in 1929 with the opening of a shop in Kingston which is still open today. There are only 4 shops and Bevan’s at Longacres, Bagshot only opened in 2010 but it has state of the art equipment and refrigeration. The beef is 30 day aged on the bone for maximum flavour, the lamb is the best salt marsh lamb. Also on offer is free range pork, chicken and duck together with a variety of game and sausages made to old family recipes. Favourites in our house are the Moroccan sausages and the Greek spiced marinaded butterfly leg of lamb. They will even vacuum pack meat for the freezer. At Longacres in addition to the meat they also offer a good selection of fish such as:
- Salmon Supremes
- Tuna Loin Steaks
- Sliced Smoked Salmon
- Rainbow Trout Fillets
plus a huge selection of pies, cooked meats and a great array of different cheeses. This really is a foodie’s paradise, full of delicacies you can’t find elsewhere so it is definitely worth a visit if you like to cook. Very conveniently this butchers is adjacent to the main food hall where you can buy foods from around the world. If you feel lazy and can’t face the supermarket you can pick up all the basics here for a quick shop and find some different foods you won’t find elsewhere. There is a wonderful café next door also, it is called Caffee Amore. The service here is really excellent. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the food is wonderful (including pizzas cooked in a brick built wood burning pizza oven). We are very fond of popping in here for breakfast and in the summer we often sit outside on their patio. They also have amazing cakes and do some gluten free options too. I’ll write a bit more about the café another time.
Of course there is the garden centre too when you get bored with exploring culinary delights :-).