Walters 'Free Range' Butchers....

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glowstick
Walters 'Free Range' Butchers....

Dear all

What do people know about Walters Butchers near the station? I've used them a few times but not since I asked them to joint a whole chicken and they just hacked at it with a cleaver, leaving me to unpick bits of bones from the meat for ages afterwards.

Another time, my husband went to ask for some free range British ham and they only had crappy Danish stuff, and then told him 'The British don't do ham anymore'!! Tell that to Sainsbury's and their Taste The Difference Range.

I guess I can't help but be suspicious of their free range claims etc now. Am I being too cynical?

Lizzy
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I buy my sausages in there and they are gorgeous.

GiGi
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I have only ever had the best service, meat, and advice on prepping / cooking in there........

Maybe you had an apprentice on a bad day ?! It doesn't sound at all like the Walters I go in !

TJBuilders
Re: Walters 'Free Range' Butchers....

 yer man with the glasses is a hairy arsedapprenticeWink

glowstick
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Definitely not an apprentice when it was me, unless the chap is middle-aged!

dollypeg
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Hmmm, had my suspicions about them myself. There is something not quite right about their supposedly free range stuff - maybe because it is not labelled as such but if you ask them, they say "it's all free range". Am I just overly suspicious but if you are selling free range, shouldn't all be labelled?

There have been rumours about them but I can't say for sure cos I don't have proof, just a feeling. Guys who work in there are nice though, helpful, friendly. 

What's a hairy arsedapprentice?

TJBuilders
Re: Walters 'Free Range' Butchers....

 In Glasgow it is a mature person that is being 'retrained'Wink

hernehill1970
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I have nothing against the guys in there- they seem okay, but, in my opinion, there is an underlying attitude problem. Anything is too much trouble.

Some fact rather than opinion- I needed a bit more lamb mince as I did not have quite sufficient. Without any comment the butcher minced me some neck fillet. To grind a premium, expensive cut for a customer just shows an extreme lack of care.

Big_Mick
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I always found them to be decent.

One time I wondered in to that Jones place up the Dulwich Road. The guy in there told me that he was a wholesaler so couldn't sell me less than an entire fillet.

I asked for his opinion of the best butchers in the locality and he said Walters, by a mile.

I do like to go to William Rose for the occasional treat but it is expensive.

siepert
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I have a food related business and a keen interest in meat production. Based on their claim of free range meat I have bought pork, beef and poultry from Walter's before. 

All of them bore the hallmarks of industrially produced meat: high water content, low intramuscular fat and that unmistakeable whiff that seems to do with the feed used in factory farming.

I suppose you could arrive at the same end result with a terrible attempt at free range farming, but the likelihood of that is very low.

A friend of mine runs a couple of fish restaurants. In 18 years she has only ever had one visit from the Food Standards Authority, who would investigate wrongly made claims of free range or organic meats. It is practically without consequence for them to wrongly claim this.

If someone was to post a snap of one of the labels on the meat bags here I could show it to someone in the trade and we could end all speculation around this. 

mamamoo
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I persevered with Walters for a while - I love Herne Hill for its collection of independent shops, so it felt wrong not to use them. However, I would also be surprised if their meat is genuinely 'free range', especially their beef which was so disappointing. My experience of the staff hasn't been good either and a lot of their product range is frozen.  I now walk to William Rose (who are sometimes cheaper and always better) or buy from the fantastic Sunday farmer's market. 

Andy Jones
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I have just joined the forum and am amazed by the comment made by TJBuilders. I own Jones the Butchers and have worked there since 1985. I can assure you that we have never done anything so ridiculouly stupid as using a bandsaw in the street.

The FSA would close us down immediately. You have either got the wrong shop or you need glasses.

Lizzy
Re: Walters 'Free Range' Butchers....

Andy

I don't think anyone believed that.

Just to reassure you.

TJBuilders
Re: Walters 'Free Range' Butchers....

 The bandsaw incidents happened , ok it was not a retail butchers at the time but it was witnessed by people in Herne Hill in the early mornings    lets say twenty years ago.

KateA
Re: Walters 'Free Range' Butchers....

I can highly recommend Jones butchers, Dulwich Road, near to Effra Parade - 1 Dulwich Rd  London SE24 0NT
020 7274 4629.  Excellent butchers, good quality meat, and great service.  I have been a customer for over 4 years - and they sell both retail and wholesale.

temycul
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I went to Walters for the first time last weekend, bought a couple of things, including sausages.  When I was told the total cost it seemed hign so I asked how much the sausages were, he said £4 something.  I was sure the sales read £2 or £3 something.  I said that's what I thought I'd read, he sais I was wrong, so I paid.  When I got home I weighed the sausages and for the price per kilo it was definately £3 something.  I don't mind the mistake, they happen, but the guy's attitude when I asked about it, and the fact he was wrong, was off putting.  

TJBuilders
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[quote="temycul"]

I went to Walters for the first time last weekend, bought a couple of things, including sausages.  When I was told the total cost it seemed hign so I asked how much the sausages were, he said £4 something.  I was sure the sales read £2 or £3 something.  I said that's what I thought I'd read, he sais I was wrong, so I paid.  When I got home I weighed the sausages and for the price per kilo it was definately £3 something.  I don't mind the mistake, they happen, but the guy's attitude when I asked about it, and the fact he was wrong, was off putting.  

[/quote] But you don't seem to realise the price of beer in 'The Commercial' is now over £4 a pintWink

montassa
Re: Walters 'Free Range' Butchers....

Walters has always been a bit hazy for me.. when i asked for Free-Range or Organic he told me to go to William Rose!

So I do - although they do more Free Range than Organic which is fine for me.

Dugard is looking good - but it is expensive.

33years
Re: Walters 'Free Range' Butchers....

Dugard and Daughters in Milkwood Road is provididng some healthy competition.

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