Gourmet Meat Company, Scarborough
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You’re a localluncher so the chances are you’ll have a soft spot for fresh, good quality ingredients – particularly if you get to eat them. So here’s a real treat for you, and you can’t get much fresher or better quality. At the Gourmet Meat Company in Scarborough, the meat you order is straight out of the butcher’s the second you order it and into the pan (or oven) almost as quickly as your drinks are out of the fridge.

You might find that your meat is so fresh you have to speak up just to be heard over the sound of the cleaver hitting the block

This little haven near the seaside has its own butcher’s counter inside the cafe, so you might find that your meat is so fresh you have to speak up just to be heard over the sound of the cleaver hitting the block. I was immediately impressed. I (and this website) am a big fan of fresh meat, I’m a big fan of good quality meat, and I’m certainly a fan of good quality fresh meat. Give me a menu full of it in a quaint little cafe in a seaside town and I’ll be so happy I’ll probably forget it’s raining. Unless you’re new here, you’ll know that it will take something special to pull me away from a chip shop at the seaside, and this place certainly made me glad I took the chance.
And what a good menu – enough old favourites and classics to ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy whilst adding enough variation to keep things interesting. Make no mistake, this is very much a butcher’s menu – but it’s not a meat feast. It’s a thinking butcher’s menu, a menu for taste and quality over size and sheer choice of cuts. You’ll find fajitas, English breakfast and afternoon tea – it’s substantial, it’s meaty and yet it’s considered and almost dainty. It’s a wrestler in high heels. Jimmy Choo high heels.
The generous lunch menu offered two courses for £7.95 (1 for £5.95, 3 for £9.95), and I hungrily scoured the choices before plumping for the cheese and jalapeno quesadillas and the Mexican steak burger. Mrs locallunch had the Tomato and Basil soup – a local favourite it would seem, as two other customers congratulated us on their way out – and the sizzling pork fajitas. Despite the other options available I could not refuse the offer of a steak burger in a butcher’s front room, and the sound of the pork being chopped for the fajitas made me almost applaud my own decision.

Our starters were good, but exactly that – starters. We both knew, as I’m sure did they when they put the menu together with largely vegetarian starters that this was merely foreplay and the real action was on the way. My quesadillas were perfectly nice, but not enough to blow me away, with the exception of the dips and sauces – the real star being the homemade salsa which I delightedly realised would also be on my burger. A bit of seasoned chicken would have really lit these quesadillas up. I wasted little time in polishing them off nonetheless, and with almost no delay at all my delightful butcher created, hand formed, rough cut 100% steak burger climbed in front of me. When butchers make burgers they do it the same way that mechanics fix their own cars – the right way. It’s not about cleaning the place and making it look like you’ve done things right when the engine is about to burst any more than it’s about perfectly forming an unnaturally round patty with no taste and sticking it in between two halves of a roll. This was every inch a butcher’s burger, and I’d have gladly eaten another few inches of it. Delightfully meaty, wonderfully nobbly and untamed. Messy, awkward and a pain to eat. A real joy. The nachos were a nice change from chips, and that salsa you get when ordering the Mexican is well worth the sacrifice.


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I don’t know why more places don’t do this. It’s not that each and every dish they provide here is the best you’ll ever taste, or that they’re breaking any boundaries with their cooking – but they’re the right things and they’re doing them very, very well. The butcher’s counter and the wooden serving blocks (usually a no-no by the way) simply serve to remind you of this while you’re sat down and heighten your anticipation of what’s coming to your table. There’s a reason Subway have their bread ovens out front rather than out the back of the store, and it works for the same reason that the butcher’s counter in this cafe does. Well worth a try, even with all the fish and chip shops around.


  • Fresh, great quality meats
  • Good choice and fabulous value
  • There’s a butcher in the room!
  • Like meat?
  • Not as private as a lot of cafes / delis
  • Should have more gourmet products around the place

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