The Quality Chop House restaurant and wine bar opened in 2012 with a focus on the best produce we could find in Britain. All our meat was sourced whole-carcass from the farm and butchered in the restaurant, all our dishes were made with the best the season had to offer. After a year’s trading, we grabbed the chance to open up a Butchers and Food Shop next door and opened in December 2013.
All our meat comes straight from the farm and is butchered by Oliver, our Head Butcher and his team on-site. Our Food Shop sells dishes from the restaurant along with cakes, sweet treats, pork & family pies, as well as considerately sourced cheese, charcuterie, fruit & veg as well as your daily staples. We hope to see you soon.
This Christmas our Food Shop & Butchers will be stocking a wide range of delicious items to help towards making your Christmas Day 2014 truly memorable. You can now pre-order items such as turkey, geese, game birds, beef, lamb and pork roasting joints, stuffing, Hansen & Lydersen smoked salmon, cured meats, terrines, Neal's Yard British cheese, condiments, pigs- in-blankets, sausage rolls, seasonal vegetables, truffles, gingerbread, mince pies, Christmas puddings, Pump Street chocolate boxes, dried fruit and nuts, brandy butter, jars of preserves and festive sweet treats to name just a few.
To place a Christmas order we recommend that you pop into the shop or if you are unable to order in person you can place an order by calling 0203 490 6228 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that items do have different lead times so ordering as far in advance as possible is advised. Our Christmas order cut off date is: 17th December 2014.
The sourcing of our meat follows the same principles as everything we have ever served in the restaurant. It comes from one of the 4 or 5 farms we work directly with. These small-scale producers are from Yorkshire, Galloway, Suffolk, Hereford and Leicestershire. All animals are butchered on-site before being aged appropriately in our cold room.
Full carcass allows lots of flexibility in terms of cuts. Oliver, our butcher, loves to chat about old or new cuts and sharing ideas about what to do with them.
If you want a specific cut please ask and chances are we can cut it or have ready for your next visit.
BREEDS AND ANIMALS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
Aged for at least 28 days sometimes longer.
Beef is pasture-raised and finished from suckler heard. Breeds vary but are all beef breeds with no dairy crosses. What is most important to us is the diet and rearing which have in our opinion the most significant impact on flavour.
Veal is rose from dairy breeds, Ayrshire and dairy Short Horn.
Beef over 30-months old is occasionally available. This has a wonderfully intense flavour. Please ask if you are interested in this.
All outdoor raised, lamb is aged for 1 week and two weeks for the hogget and mutton.
All free-range rare breeds and cross-breeds.
Proper free range breeds which are hardy enough to have roamed for 75 days. Dry plucked and game hung for 1 week.
Next door to the Butchers is our Food Shop run by Lucie our Shop Manager. We sell some of the dishes we make for the restaurant for you to enjoy at home, but also more day-to-day stuff like milk, eggs, fruit and veg. We make sandwiches every day and a hot sandwich every Friday lunchtime.
We have a big selection of Neal’s Yard cheese and an ever-increasing range of pies, terrines and charcuterie.
Our pastry chef will always have a few cakes, tarts, biscuits or chocolates available for you. If you’re looking to have something made specially for you please email email@example.com
We also offer off-site catering. Should you be interested in larger quantity orders for work or a special occasion please phone or email us. Please note, pre-orders require 72-hours notice.
This is a lovely gift that can be put towards butchery classes or shop purchases. Various gift vouchers are available either for specific butchery classes/wine tastings or just for the shop.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to order or come in and buy them with us when you are next in.
DECEMBER Monday 1st December - Beef Wednesday 10th December - Christmas Pudding Making (£120 pp / 1hr 30mins from 1830 - 2000) Monday 15th December - Lamb Monday 22nd December - Three-Bird Roast Butchery (£220 pp / 2hrs 30mins from 1200 - 1430)
JANUARY 2015 Monday 12th January - Pork Monday 26th January - Beef
FEBRUARY 2015 Monday 9th February - Lamb Monday 23rd February - Pork
MARCH 2015 Monday 9th March - Beef Monday 23rd March - Lamb Monday 30th March - Pork
APRIL 2015 Monday 13th April - Beef Monday 27th April - Lamb
Our butchery classes are run by our Head Butcher Oliver Seabright. The class focuses uniquely around whole carcass butchery. You will learn the principles of this art and get a feel for all the different cuts of the beast.
The classes will be made up of 8 students and based around lamb, pork or beef. For each we will start by talking about the carcass and generally about the species we are working with, for example different methods of rearing, how to assess quality when buying and some different breeds and their importance.
Then Oliver will show you how to break the carcass into the main primal cuts talking about the different characteristics of the pieces. You will work in a small group initially to break an animal down each getting the chance to have a go. After that we will move onto the next stage further breaking down the primal cuts into pieces ready for cooking. Here each of you will prepare and work on cuts separately with guidance.
Finally you be given cuts take home and cook for yourself.
HOW IT WORKS The course will last for 2 hours and afterwards you walk next door for a sit-down 3-course dinner in The Quality Chop House restaurant.
Cost - £150 inclusive.
A more tailored class can be available on request for trade professionals or corporate clients. These would be held mid-week. Please email email@example.com for enquiries.
SPECIAL ONE-OFF CHRISTMAS CLASSES
During the festive period we are holding a Three-Bird Roast Butchery Class (Turkey, Duck and Chicken) with our Head Butcher and a Christmas Pudding Making Class with our Head Pastry Chef. Beyond simply being an opportunity to celebrate the festive season with friends and colleagues (and mulled wine) the aim of these one-off classes is to send you home with something very special to cook and enjoy on Christmas Day.
The one-off Christmas classes are structured like workshops meaning they are very hands-on with a focus on production. As such these classes are not followed by dinner in the restaurant. Instead we will be serving festive snacks and drinks during the class.
Our gift bags and hampers are available in the shop all year round and we like to think they would make a very nice gift. To create our hampers we have focussed on our most popular products and QCH-made produce. Hampers are available for purchase in the shop and can be pre ordered by calling us on 0203 490 6228 or emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift Bags – From £20 Small gift bags are available in the restaurant and shop. They include: QCH jam, QCH chocolate selection, loose-leaf tea.
Sweet Treats Hamper - £30 Includes: a bag of Qrunchies, a bag of QCH salted caramels, a packet of QCH golden syrup biscuits, a QCH brownie, a jar of QCH preserve, Pump Street chocolate.
Classic Hamper - £50 Includes: QCH Pork pies (x2), a jar of QCH Piccalilli, a jar of QCH chicken liver & foie gras parfait, a packet of QCH confit potatoes, a bottle of QCH house dressing, QCH Crisps, a jar of QCH preserve, a bag of QCH Granola, a bag of Qrunchies, QCH jute bag.
Party Hamper - £90 Includes: a box of Spanish beer glasses (x6), a box of Kernel table beer (x6), QCH pork pies (x2), QCH pork & pistachio terrine (200g), QCH rillettes (150g), saucisse seche, Tunworth cheese, a packet of Ship’s biscuits, cornichons, QCH piccalilli, QCH jute bag.
Quality Hamper - £150 Includes: a pair of Universal Zalto glasses, a bottle of NV Ville de la Reine ‘Blanc de Blanc’ Grand Cru, Hansen & Lydersen smoked salmon (250g), QCH smoked cod’s roe, Vacherin cheese, Truffled salami, QCH chicken liver & foie gras parfait, Eliott’s rye loaf, Stockan’s Orkney Oatcakes, QCH jute bag.
We are located on Farringdon Road just around the corner from Exmouth Market.
Our nearest tube is Farringdon, which is 5–10 minute walk up Farringdon Road towards Kings Cross.
For a map of how to get to us from Farringdon station please click here
Alternatively, Chancery Lane and Kings Cross are both a 10–15 minute walk away.
The easiest way to reach us from central London may well be by bus. The 19 and 38 both stop off around the corner on Exmouth Market and the 63 goes past our front door.