The smells of BBQ wafting through the air on a lazy Sunday afternoon or an evening after work are the scents of summer. There’s something primal about cooking up (or over cooking) succulent sausages and meaty burgers over a flame in the great outdoors, but ensuring you pick up quality meat and the best bangers is a headstart to a great BBQ.
Made famous from a recent visit from chef James Martin (who’s a big fan of the homemade sausage rolls), W.W Woodford is a local butchers that has been going for over 115 years (that’s pretty impressive). Walking in feels like you’re stepping in to an old fashioned butchers shop, with a traditional chain screen hanging in the doorway, part the ways and be greeted by a counter filled to the brim. Choose from steak kebabs or chinese or lemon pepper chicken ones, marinated duck breasts, an assortment of ribs from BBQ, Jamaican or minted lamb (mouth watering yet?) and you’ll have a banquet to feed all those hungry tums in no time.
Long gone are the days of BBQ goers being satisfied with a simple pork banger. Sausage flavours have been taken to the next level, with exciting concoctions such as duck and spring onion, pork and apple, cajun spiced and so many more (you name it your local butcher can probably make it). Brownriggs in Godshill have a cracking range to choose from to liven your BBQ offering. Try a chicken and sweet chilli, pork, sage and red onion or a Christmas themed delight of turkey and cranberry. These deserve a little more than your bog standard ketchup, so liven up with something ‘saucy’ from The Garlic Farm.
With it’s window display that is second to none and a chiller cabinet packed with easy to grab meat packs Farmer Jack’s have your summer shindig sorted. Looking for inspiration and maybe a cooking tip or two? Ask the in-house butcher, with over 40 years experience in the trade and he’ll be able to guide you through the counter. The homemade crack-peppered and beef or lamb burgers make an exciting change to your usual patty. This local farm shop is filled to the rafters with all your favourite BBQ friendly items so why not whip up a leafy green side dish or the perfect potato salad to accompany all that meat.
Based on a working Guernsey dairy farm Briddlesford Farm Shop live and breathe the typical country shop you’d expect to find. Stocked with an array of local fruit and veg as well as their milk straight from the herd of cows, see them in the adjacent field or pat one of the calves outside. The butcher’s counter, towards the rear of the shop, is a treasure trove of locally sourced meat. Choose from award-winning sausages or maybe a home-made pie, as well as local lamb, beef and chicken. Try something a little different and opt for Briddlesford Veal. All you need to do is season with a little salt and black pepper then drizzle generously with olive oil. Et voila!