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6 of the best game producers in Cheshire and the Wirral

PUBLISHED: 00:00 28 October 2016

Pheasant is a versatile meat

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It’s game on this autumn for these Cheshire and Wirral suppliers.

Cheshire Smokehouse

There are lots of reasons to visit this popular Cheshire business, whether it is for smoked food, cakes, great wines or a bite to eat. Another is The Butchery, which sells great quality meats and fantastic game prepared by experienced butchers who know their craft.

The business was established over 100 years ago by John William Ward, who learned the craft of smoking in Canada. He set up his first small business in Cheetham Hill in 1907 and the company is still in the family. The skills of the trade have been passed down the line through the generations to the current owner Darren Ward - the founder’s great grandson.

cheshiresmokehouse.co.uk

Norbury Farm

Norbury Farm has been farmed by its present owners since 1963. The building dates back to the 15th century and is still a working farm.

The butchers is a jewel in the crown at the Hazel Grove business with every meat possible available. This includes venison and wild boar. They are also known for their Welsh Black beef and Welsh lamb.

norburyfarm.co.uk

Ernest W Edge & Son

Ernest W Edge & Son, one of the county’s leading butchers, has won critical acclaim. Bruce Edge, the third generation of the Edge family to run the business - and his highly trained and skilled team of staff - still operate from the original premises in Handbridge, opened by Bruce’s grandfather in 1937.

They offer a wide choice of game, including Wirral pheasant, Grosvenor Estate venison, Cheshire wood pigeon, several duck breeds from the Dee Estuary, rabbit and grouse.

chesterbutcher.com

Arley Wild Boar

This family-run business in a beautiful part of our county specialises in producing free-range wild boar. Wild boar meat is delicious, high in protein and very lean.

Hailed as a Rick Stein Food Hero, this family are constantly striving to deliver exceptional quality and variety. Stock and availability depends on various factors, including seasons. They also work with local businesses to supply amazing locally grown produce to make your menu standout.

arleywildboar.com

Cheshire Pheasants

This Appleton game supplier has established a strong reputation in the game farming community for supplying quality pheasants, red and grey partridge and mallard.

The Darbyshires have been farming at Bellefields Farm since the 1800s and it was under the stewardship of the fifth generation of the family, John Darbyshire, that they started rearing pheasants and partridge. They supply for shoots across the region.

cheshirepheasants.co.uk

S & D Kirk

This family run butchers has a farm shop in Styal and traditional butchers in Hale Barns. In both, you’ll find a huge range of meat, poultry, cooked meats and pies as well as a good choice of seasonal game.

With their roots deeply in farming, managing livestock and animal husbandry, Stuart and David Kirk offer customers the traditional skills of the master butcher. All the produce is locally sourced and produced with a thorough knowledge of its provenance.

kirkbutchers.com

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