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Proper Meat Market Sells Proper British Bacon and More

On Thursday, I met a couple in a restaurant bar who told me about a proper meat market in our area called, Proper British Bacon. It came up during our conversation about shared travel experiences to Scotland. I mentioned having eaten haggis, and I was excited to know that this shop carried it.

I stopped in the next day, after my haircut. The owner's daughter, Destiny, waited on me. She is a delightful young woman in her 20s, and ran the store as if it were her own. Knowledgeable, friendly, and customer service-oriented, she had me at "hello!"

The first thing I noticed in the old-fashioned-style butcher shop/meat market were the dry-aged steaks and roasts. They also make their own pepperoni and beef jerky. It brought me back to my days of visiting my uncles in their businesses. Most people would think the dry-aged meat to be rotten, if they saw it. I know what a find this is.

They also carried a variety of sausages, bacon, and other foods that I saw and purchased on my Christmas 1999 adventure to England and Scotland, staying in youth hostels (primarily). And they sell a cooker known as the Big Green Egg ( link to its website. )

I learned that the owners are selling the shop soon to another couple, so I am not sure if they will carry all the same meats and food. So, although my plan was not to purchase any more food for my freezer, I came home with a one-lb. haggis, bangers, Lincolnshire sausages, British bacon, and a couple of other things that I have not seen since being in England and Scotland.

Though it was nice to have been able to find some of the things I remember from my travels, it was heartening to find a proper meat market, though small. Most have gone by the wayside now that most people go to a grocery store for their meat, which often has dyes and preservatives added to retain the bright colors.

But now that I have found them, I do hope that Proper British Bacon continues to offer the things I saw this past weekend. It was nice to finally find a proper meat market and I hope to be able to shop there for years to come.

© 2015 Coral Levang

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Image Credit » Author, taken 13 Feb 2014, Port Orchard, WA

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rosepetal wrote on February 16, 2015, 12:52 PM

We use to have a small hole-in-the wall meat market. Very small, but the business was massive. On Saturdays they had people waiting in line. Then they decided to build a huge building. And along with the huge building came higher prices. Now there are no longer lines of people. I believe they upgraded to much, and made to many assumptions about their clientele.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 16, 2015, 1:02 PM

We are lucky that the small local store still cuts there own meat. He does not have some of the things you mentioned but it is always fresh and good. He even makes the brats that he carries

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 1:02 PM

Well, the prices were reasonable enough. I dropped $50 in there. $12.99 for a 1-lb. haggis, and about $7/lb. for the sausages.
It's a tough decision for business owners: Huge lines mean loss of customers that can wait the time, so they grow to accommodate customers to give better service. With it, prices have to go up to accommodate the added staff, bigger shop. Customers are fickle. They want more and want better service, but do not want to pay a price for it, or cannot. So, they go to places like Costco.

This is one reason that I will shop small business wherever possible, and tighten my purse strings elsewhere.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 1:03 PM

They had so many different kinds of sausages. I look forward to getting to these soon.
When I used to live in the Chicago area, I had a local meat market where I would buy bratwurst regularly.

UK_Writer wrote on February 16, 2015, 1:14 PM

You can't beat a good proper English banger :) I've a friend who lives in New York who bemoans not being able to get British meats and cheeses.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 1:18 PM

I agree with you on the sausages themselves. I did find the foods to be rather bland, as far as dishes went. HOWEVER, when I ate Indian food in Glasgow, it was the BEST Indian food I have ever eaten any where I have been.

Colibry21 wrote on February 16, 2015, 1:24 PM

It's nice that you were able to find this meat shop. It can be nice being able to get meats from different places that you don't eat very often.

Ellis wrote on February 16, 2015, 2:26 PM

British bacon (which includes Ulster bacon...Northern Ireland) used to be quite fatty...Danish bacon was much leaner...

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 2:51 PM

It really is a lovely shop.

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 2:52 PM

This is actually very lean. Of course it has a bit of fat along the edge. I will make sure that I take pictures once I thaw and use. I have to get through a few other things before diving into it.

Ellis wrote on February 16, 2015, 2:58 PM

It has been over forty years since I was in that industry....no doubt breeding practices have changed in that time...

melon1234 wrote on February 16, 2015, 3:29 PM

There's nothing like this in Florida that I have found! Crazy jealous of this shop being local

CoralLevang wrote on February 16, 2015, 4:11 PM

This has been open over a year in this location and I never heard of it. Keep looking! You might find a gem out there!