A lovely free-range/organic butchers dedicated to supplying Brighton with the best produce they can find, they're always so friendly and helpful with old-school principles, making cooking suggestions and de-boning. Owner Brian Archer started as selling free range and additive free meat and poultry as early as the 80s which I find incredible, and their longevity just goes to prove their popularity.
The steaks and pork here are always second to none, you won't find this quality in the supermarkets and it is absolutely worth paying extra as far as I'm concerned.
Without wanting to sound like a food snob,it's sometimes worth paying that little bit extra and getting a lot more quality. His chickens(not a euphemism!) are top draw,pork chops are a good size and mince beef and lamb are great for making burgers as they don't reduce to the size of a fifty pence piece after cooking. Sometimes he has an uncooked Chorizo sausages which is a bonus as i struggle to live my life without it.
In season he even gets rabbit if you ask(don't tut,most of us eat cute lamb!) and he's right next to the bookies which forms part of my Saturday morning ritual.
And to boot,he's a really nice chap,and as i'm not from the area he always gives me the lowdown on the history of Hanover.
Archer's is a really wonderful little butchers located just off Elm Grove. It's pretty unusual for me to fall in love with a Butchers, as I'm not the biggest meat-eater in the world, but this place is just great! They specialize in game and the window is full of yummy looking homemade pies. I've yet to try one, but I'm betting they're delicious. The owners are really friendly and are diligently there, open early, every time I pop in to pick up sausages for a Saturday morning brunch. The sausages are really worth the trek up the hills...they have a brilliant variety-I highly recommend the chipolatas. In fact, they have everything you need for a really delicious breakfast...organic meat, bakery bread, free-range eggs and locally pressed apple juice....mmm, Archers is one of the establishments I miss most from my days living in Hanover.
Every time I pop up to Archer's, there's a little queue of locals picking up milk or eggs, whilst enjoying a friendly chat with the proprietors. It's really refreshing to see an independent ethically-minded business being supported by its community! If you're an avid carnivore and want to know where your meat is coming from, this is the place for you.
The best butchers in the hanover area atleast and I'm sure it is one of the best you will go to as a local person. I feel it always takes time to get to know local owners but these guys have more banter than a bantersaurus rex so will chat with anyone.
I second Sophie on the quality of the food and I can't put it any better than her so read her review. However, just to add that they have received a 5 star award from the Brighton & Hove City Council which you do not see very often.
A traditional butcher tucked away in Hanover. The quality of the meat is superb - once you've had a steak from here, even the best organic steak from Sainsbury's tastes bland in comparison. He emphasises quality over organic (for instance the chickens are free-range from a small supplier as they taste better than those which are nominally organic). He will happily joint your bird expertly, advise on cooking times, and will give you a carcase for your stock pot if he's got one. They also do eggs and a small range of organic juices. The only downside I can think of is that the delicious organic sausages are frozen.
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