The English Butcher, Acton

An Australian butcher reinventing himself for the West London market!

An Australian butcher reinventing himself for the West London market!

Caroline Fosbury, Independent PR Consultant

I love the vibe of Churchfield Road in Acton, West London, where I’ve lived for nearly 20 years. It’s a lively and slightly eccentric place to shop with a diverse mix of retailers.  As well as plumbing and painting merchants and a coin-op launderette, there are a growing number of chic independent coffee shops and bakeries, hair salons, flower sellers and a  lovely wine and cheese shop.  But my stand-out store and the one I use the most is The English Butcher. It’s not the smartest or sleekest shop in the street, and Tim is actually an Australian Butcher in England (I share this in case anyone thinks they’re in the wrong place!) but what it loses in style, is amply made up for in charm, as well as offering fantastic produce with a friendly and accommodating service.
From Joy’s Burgers (a recipe of his mums!) and freshly made sausages, including an amazing Chicken version, and marinated steaks, through to whole chickens and prime cuts of beef, you can be sure of getting the very best quality at a reasonable price. Then there are the hard to resist artisan sauces, marinades and condiments, quality pasta, and boxes of freshly laid eggs! At Christmas, Tim really steps up to the mark with organic and free range specialist produce from the best British farmers.
Aside from the produce, there’s a bit of an art-theme going on, from the Pork Pie sculpture in the ceramic hand and the sheep-adorned handbag, to the macabre pen and ink drawing of a crazy-looking butcher character based on Sweeney Todd – all randomly displayed on the walls amongst the various meat-chopping paraphernalia!  It keeps you entertained while you’re waiting for your cuts to be specially prepared, and is one of the most unique, entertaining and enjoyable shopping experiences you can find when it comes to buying meat!  It certainly beats the sterile and underwhelming experience of a local supermarket counter or the pre-packed aisle, any day of the week!