While ACE encourages people to have a couple of meat-free days per week in the interests of reducing emissions, we recognise that many of us enjoy a good steak, roast or hearty stew. With that in mind, here is the first in an occasional series focusing on local traders – G F White Butchers.
Based in Aylsham since 1855, G F White Butchers have been a traditional butcher for three generations and they care passionately about supporting local producers who have the welfare of their livestock at the heart of their business.
Crawford White and Ben Gallon.
Owner Crawford White and manager Ben Gallon understand that animals that are responsibly sourced, and well cared for, are healthier, happier and taste so much better.
They source all their meat from small family farms, within a 13-mile radius of the shop in Aylsham (with the exception of the haggis which is made for them in Scotland).
The slaughterhouse, which is Freedom Food accredited by the RSPCA, is 10 miles from the shop so the process is less stressful for the animals.
White’s buy local game and process it on the premises and their hams and bacons are dry cured and smoked on site to their 60-year-old recipe. Their pies, cooked meats and barbeque products are all made on site.
The little waste that they produce is either sold as pet bones or recycled for bone meal (plant food) and tallow.
These working practices and their modern facilities ensure that the business is run as sustainably as possible. Local produce is supplied with low food miles and minimal packaging. White’s support many local events, including the Slow Food Festival and the Friday Country Market in the Town Hall.
Monday-Friday 8.30 – 5.00pm
Saturday 8.30 – 1.00pm
16 Red Lion Street, Aylsham, NR11 6ER
To place an order: Tel: 01263 732264
Free delivery to Aylsham (no minimum order)
Delivery within a 7mile radius (minimum order £25)
Later in the series we’ll look at Aylsham’s other butcher Coxford’s, which has its own green credentials. We will also look at our supermarkets – what they have to offer, and how they are helping to mitigate carbon emissions.