The best butchers in Canberra

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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

Elite Meats

Elite Meats has been operating since 2015, with a commitment to quality and customer experience. Customers are guaranteed the freshest meats possible, with weekly deliveries of produce from local farmers (free range and grass-fed). Butchers prepare all meats in-house. Bulk-purchase meat packs are available.

On Google, Daniel Morton wrote, “Never again going to get meat from the supermarkets … great specials and the staff are really fun and make sure you get the best-of the best.”

Canberra Quality Meats

Canberra Quality Meats, Calwell 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. Quality is guaranteed.

On Riotact, Kimberly Hughes wrote, “Canberra Quality Meats in Calwell is amazing. High-quality products and great customer service.”

The Butcher Shop

Located in Dickson, Kaleen, Jamison and Erindale, The Butcher Shop is known for premium quality meats and excellent customer service. The Butcher Shop caters for all needs. It sells a wide-range of produce, including gluten-free sausages and ready-made meals that only take around 35 minutes to prepare at home.

Jenny Gordon Avery wrote on Riotact, “I’ve always had fantastic meats from The Butcher Shop at any of the three stores they have.”

ECO Meats Organic Butcher

ECO Meats Organic Butcher provides traditional meats, but also specialty products such as kangaroo, venison and goat. Gluten-free and paleo sausages are made in-store. ECO Meats also sells cheeses, sauces, small goods and coffee, and has a knife-sharpening service. A home-delivery service is available Thursday evenings.

On Google, Trisha Berry wrote, “Great service. Relaxed little shop with lots of interesting meat and animal products, including crocodile and roo. Their sausages are gluten and preservative free …”

Mawson Halal Market

Mawson Halal Market is a one-stop shop for halal chicken, yearling beef, lamb and goat, as well as fruits, vegetables and small goods. Quality is a top priority. Mawson Halal Market also focuses on friendly, knowledgeable and efficient customer service. Open 7 days. Online ordering available, as is contactless drive-thru pickup and contactless delivery Canberra wide (terms apply).

Rachel Hunter wrote on Google, “Best fresh produce in Canberra! Their prices are reasonable, and the meat is exceptional.”

Jordo's Chop Shop

Jordo’s Chop Shop offers a great range of products and friendly service. Beyond traditional meats, Jordo’s Chop Shop sells seafood, smoked products, seasonings, value packs and even pet food. This butcher sources products from Bergalia Farm and the fields surrounding the Breakout River abattoirs. Meat is free range, grass fed and stress free, demonstrating a commitment to ethical farming practices.

James McMahon wrote on Riotact, “Jordo’s Chop Shop has great service and are really nice guys.”

Unique Meats

Located in the Fyshwick Markets, Unique Meats provides Canberrans with premium-quality meats. Unique Meats specialises in free range, organically grown classic meats. Customers can also source special products like Sunday roasts, gluten-free products, Halal-certified meats and smoked hams. Unique Meats sources from local farmers, specialised growers, and through its own farm in Bibendale. Refrigerated delivery orders are available across Canberra during the week (orders over $100).

Joel Jensen wrote on Google, “No butcher in Canberra compares.”

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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260 Responses to The best butchers in Canberra
Neille Williams Neille Williams 1:54 pm 05 Oct 21

Lyneham butchers should snag an award

Liz Resiak Liz Resiak 11:24 am 05 Oct 21

Calwell butchers are the best! prices realistic, service second to none

Ross Hanna Ross Hanna 8:20 pm 04 Oct 21

Red Hill Butcher

Linda Walker Linda Walker 10:59 pm 03 Oct 21

M & J Buthers at Conder shops

Beautiful meat and fantastic service

Georgie Vlahos Georgie Vlahos 10:35 pm 03 Oct 21

Florey fine meats!!

Nicole Mackey Nicole Mackey 1:21 pm 03 Oct 21

Southland Quality Meats at Mawson!!! Awesome service and produce

Keir Smith Keir Smith 1:13 pm 03 Oct 21

The Raiders butchered their season that’s right up there

Alison Elizabeth Alison Elizabeth 11:18 am 03 Oct 21

Red Hill Butcher !

Jenni Searle Jenni Searle 10:18 am 03 Oct 21

Linbecks

Meagan Bradley Meagan Bradley 10:42 pm 02 Oct 21

Wes forgot to mention all the bacon awards

Mark Hannigan Mark Hannigan 8:23 pm 02 Oct 21

Florey finé meats every time

    Cleve Gabriel Cleve Gabriel 11:01 pm 03 Oct 21

    Mark Hannigan Craig is great value, and a good butcher

Daniel Baker Daniel Baker 7:40 pm 02 Oct 21

Redhill butcher’s shop easily makes this list

Heather Smith Heather Smith 7:31 pm 02 Oct 21

Lyneham Butchers all the way. Country pride sausages. Great service, friendly staff and fabulous meat.

Tina Newsome Tina Newsome 7:13 pm 02 Oct 21

I honestly don't know any butcher better than Griffith Butcher 🙂

Jackie Roberts Jackie Roberts 5:48 pm 02 Oct 21

How can forget faces Griffith Shops Kingston Manuka my Zone

Jackie Roberts Jackie Roberts 5:47 pm 02 Oct 21

Griffith Butcher's

Robert Horner Robert Horner 5:18 pm 02 Oct 21

Caldwell

Leanne Rundle Leanne Rundle 4:21 pm 02 Oct 21

Unique Meats Fyshwick

Keith Lewis Keith Lewis 3:51 pm 02 Oct 21

Griffith Shops

Leah Mullaney Leah Mullaney 3:43 pm 02 Oct 21

M&K meats lanyon

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