The best butchers in Canberra

Richard Odell with sons Mike and Tim, owners of Griffith Butchery - one of Canberra's most recommended butchers.

Richard Odell with sons Mike and Tim, owners of Griffith Butchery – one of Canberra’s most recommended butchers. Photo: George Tsotsos.

Whether you’re catering the next big family BBQ or preparing for a Sunday roast, any good home cook will know that the quality of the meat has the potential to make or break the meal. Canberra is particularly lucky when it comes to quality meats, as our local butchers take full advantage of nearby farmland and rely on ethical practices to source their produce.

If you’re looking for pork, lamb, steaks, game or poultry, or maybe something slightly less traditional, you’re far more likely to find everything you need at a butcher than a supermarket. Furthermore, Canberra’s butcher are far more likely to be able to give you information on the source and quality of their produce – perhaps even advising you on how best to prepare it when you get home.

In this article, we’ll show you the most important factors to consider when choosing a butcher.

What makes a great butcher?

Given our community’s strong emphasis on locally sourced and high-quality produce, and the wealth of options available to us, finding a good butcher in Canberra to provide you with the meat you need for your culinary needs can feel like an overwhelming process.

Try to keep the following in mind when looking for a butcher:

  • Quality guarantee. The higher the quality, the higher your satisfaction, and you’re far more likely to find high quality, well cared-for meat full of flavour and tenderness at a butcher shop than at your local supermarket.
  • Support for local farmers. Butchers that source their produce from local farmers are supporting our local economy. This then ensures the success and continued production of good quality meats. A win-win!
  • Ethical practices. From the way the meat is raised, fed and slaughtered, to it’s transportation and how the farmers themselves are compensated; there are innumerable environmental, economic and health factors involved. You want to ensure you are buying from a butcher with a commitment to ethical and transparent practices.
  • Product variety. One of the great benefits of buying from a high-quality butcher is that if you need something specific or uncommon, chances are they’ve got it.
  • Care for customers. The best butchers in Canberra will develop strong relationships with their customers, and will learn to cater to each of their customer’s specific needs.

The best butchers in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Griffith Butchery

Griffith Butchery

Griffith Butchery has been operating under their ethos of “Pristine Produce” since 1989, striving to give their community the best service and produce possible.

They source their meat from exclusive farmers, who share this passion for the wellbeing of both the livestock and the environment. All beef, lamb and veal are pasture feed, chickens are free range and certified organic and pork is hormone and steroid free. All the sausages, small goods and award-winning pies sold at Griffith Butchery are made from scratch methods onsite, so you can be assured that they are only of the highest quality.

Google reviewer Alice Casha wrote the following about their experience at Griffith Butchery, Such a great butcher shop You won’t find one piece of meat in there that isn’t quality and won’t taste great. These guys care about their meats and are always friendly and happy to help.”

10 Barker Street
Griffith ACT 2603

Canberra Quality Meats

Canberra Quality Meats, Callwell Shopping Centre, sells quality products at the right prices. The butchers are knowledgeable and always willing to provide guidance. Canberra Quality Meats has a fantastic range, with specials available.

On Google, Jess Hall wrote, “Would rate higher if I could. They are a fantastic butcher. The people that work there are lovely and very helpful. The meat is second to none. Their weekly specials and mince are great value for money.”

ECO Meats Organic Butcher

ECO Meats Organic Butcher sets itself apart from other Canberra butchers by providing you with not only the traditional meats you have come to expect from your butcher, but also with products suited to a more adventurous cook, such as kangaroo, venison, and goat.

Included in ECO Meats interesting and varied range of products are their popular gluten free and paleo sausages, which are made in store, as well as an in-house deli offering cheeses, sauces, coffee, and other small goods. ECO Meats also has a knife-sharpening service, as well as specialty pet food products.

ECO Meats has started offering a home delivery service on Thursday evenings.

Local Guide Sue Chadwick shared this review of ECO Meats on Google, “Excellent meat and charcuterie. Gino & his staff are very friendly and helpful.”

Lost River Meats

‘From farm to fork’, is Lost River Meats promise, to deliver its customers fresh, high quality produce. Operating as both retailer and wholesale distributor, Lost River Meats offers a wide range of products to suit all needs.

Lost River Meats’ practices, being ethical and environmentally friendly, guarantee you with high quality and nutritious meat.

Lost River Meats sources its produce not only from local farmers but from their own farm, Glenlea, which supplies them with their beef and pork. All of their animals are free range, grass-fed, and free of hormones and antibiotics.

As Paj reviewed on RiotACT, “Lost River in Dickson is good. Reliable source for decent skirt steak, among other things.”

Unique Meats

Located in the Fyshwick Markets, Unique Meats prides itself on providing Canberrans with premium quality meats. Whilst Unique Meats specialises in free range, organically grown classic meats, they also offer a variety of special products to suit all customers, such as Sunday roasts, gluten free options, Halal certified meats and smoked hams.

Unique Meats source their produce from local farmers and specialised growers, including shop’s own farm in Bibendale – further guaranteeing you with high-quality meats.

Unique Meats also provides extra services, such as refrigerated delivery on orders over $100 across Canberra during the week.

Facebook user Tania McIntosh had this to say about her experience with Unique Meats, “We have bought meat from Unique Meats for the last 12 years. The meat is always top quality and my butcher grandfather loves everything we buy. Highly recommend anything they sell. A+.”

Jordo's Chop Shop

Jordo’s Chop Shop is a well-known butcher, loved by all for the great range of products and friendly service.

Their wide range of products goes beyond traditional meats and includes seafood, pet food, smoked products, various seasonings and a selection of value packs.

Jordo’s Chop Shop sources its products from Bergalia Farm and the fields surrounding the Breakout River abattoirs. Jordo’s Chop Shop also guarantees that its meat is free range, grass fed, and stress free, demonstrating a commitment to ethical farming practices.

RiotACT commenter, James McMahon, had this to say, “Jordo’s Chop Shop online, great service [and] really nice guys.”

The Butcher Shop

Located in Dickson, Kaleen, Jamison and Erindale, The Butcher Shop is known for premium quality meats and excellent customer service. With a wide range of products and the eye-catching slogan ‘Paddock to Plate’, The Butcher Shop can cater for all needs.

Their customer service model is as key to the business’s success. Known for their tailored preparation of your purchase and cooking advice, The Butcher Shop, goes the extra mile.

The Butcher Shop sells a wide-range of produce, including gluten free sausages and ready-made meals that only take around 35 minutes for you to prepare at home.

As Jenny Gordon Avery reviewed of their service on RiotACT, “Always had fantastic meats from The Butcher Shop at any of the three stores they have.”

If you’re on the hunt for Canberra’s freshest food and produce, check out our article on the best fresh food markets and best bakeries in Canberra for more recommendations.

Your experience with butchers in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the butchers listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of meat do butchers sell?
Butchers sell cuts from all parts of the animal, so if you're looking for something other than a traditional steak, a butcher will certainly have what you need. Beef cheeks, bone marrow, liver, rumps, pork belly, smoked meats, and chicken necks are among the many specialty cuts that butchers can sell you. A lot of butchers also turn their off-cuts into a variety of gourmet sausages, so truly no part of the animal is wasted.
Do butchers sell better meat than supermarkets?
Butchers are very transparent when it comes to the source of their meats, whereas you might not necessarily know where supermarket meats come from. This transparency can help you decide which meat is better.
Can butchers cut meat for me?
Absolutely. Butchers can cut your meats in whichever way you need them, to save you time when you get home - whether it's cubed, stripped, or a whole chicken broken down into separate parts. And if you're still unsure, ask your butcher for advice on how best to prepare and serve the meat - no one knows it better than the butcher themselves!
Is butcher's meat Halal?
It depends on the butcher. Butchers will display clearly if any of their meat is Halal, and there are plenty of butchers around Canberra who specialise in Halal certified meat.
Do butchers sell things other than meat?
Definitely. Other than pieces of meat and sausages, you can also find things like seasonings, sauces, jerky, bones, and even pet food at any good butcher. And if you're unsure, your butcher should also be able to give you advice and recommendations on how best to prepare your meat when you get home.

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177 Responses to The best butchers in Canberra
Carole Ford Carole Ford 8:02 am 09 May 21

Lanyon Shops inside next to Baker's delight, excellent cuts, excellent service and good prices. Try his rolled pork loin, roast in your BBQ according to Weber directions. Fan-bloody-tastic, finger licking good.

Lyndell Dobbs Lyndell Dobbs 9:33 pm 07 May 21

Florey Fine Meats

Jordan Hicks Jordan Hicks 1:37 pm 07 May 21

unique meats in fyshwick markets easily top of the list

John Byrne John Byrne 7:29 am 07 May 21

Love this place. Well deserved.

Jan Skorich Jan Skorich 7:07 am 07 May 21
Ezequiel Nog Ezequiel Nog 6:54 am 07 May 21

Unique Meats Fyshwick Markets great product, amazing service. I don’t go anywhere else.

James S Evans James S Evans 6:53 am 07 May 21

Unique Meats Fyshwick Markets

An amazing range of fresh delicious products, friendly and excellent service. The bbq out the front makes shopping for my meat even more enjoyable.

    Chris Nero Chris Nero 7:11 am 07 May 21

    James Evans what about the bloody beautiful tbones at Catos Butchers in Narrabundah! The service is pure class from David and Lorraine! I can be in and out like a Gazelle in Wakey!!

    Ya Blew it!!!

Philippa White Philippa White 6:20 am 07 May 21

Florey fine meats !!! Craig and his meat are awesome 👌🏻

Robyn James Robyn James 2:59 am 07 May 21

Ainslie IGA

Karen Conway Karen Conway 11:47 pm 06 May 21

Griffith Butcher 💯%

Matt Z Smith Matt Z Smith 11:31 pm 06 May 21

Unique Meats Fyshwick Markets for the sheer fresh range of Diverse meat products.

Janet Grubb Janet Grubb 9:35 pm 06 May 21

Shane from IGA Ainslie

Marymead Marymead 9:19 pm 06 May 21

Griffith Butcher have been long time supporters of Marymead, providing sausages for our Garage and Plant Sales.

Great quality and really friendly crew!

Canberra Quality Meats Canberra Quality Meats 9:08 pm 06 May 21

Canberra quality meats for sure

Jane Staniforth Jane Staniforth 9:07 pm 06 May 21

Guaranteed Meats, Calwell - great prices and excellent quality, really friendly, open extended hours, can't fault them.

Theresa Harmer Theresa Harmer 8:58 pm 06 May 21

Definitely IGA butchers!!!

Michelle Bormann Michelle Bormann 8:48 pm 06 May 21

💯 Ainslie IGA Butcher

Marita Johnston Marita Johnston 8:45 pm 06 May 21

Ainslie IGA Butchers 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Ralph Smith Ralph Smith 8:24 pm 06 May 21

Unique Meats Fyshwick Markets for there first class service and enormous range of meats….. traditional cuts to all kinds of game meat and don’t forget bbq out the front every weekend 😋

Gemma Jackson Gemma Jackson 7:49 pm 06 May 21

Jabal Halal in Mawson ♥️

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