Join Nathan Mills at The Butchery to learn about all things meaty. Our archway was chosen so we would have heaps of space to teach you all. The Butchery's classes will be a chance to be very hands on, and to take home all the meat you have worked on or have it stored and aged with us depending on the animal being cut, experience tells us that chicken doesn't age well, but beef gets real tasty. If you cant make it to a class but would still love to have your own bit of beef aged for a special occasion or just because, give us a call or stay posted to our Twitter and blog feeds so you can see what is coming in and when it will be ready.
On joining a class you will be provided with a white butchers coat and apron, to wear during the class and basic butchers tools, saw, chopper, boning and steak knives. We do recommend wearing comfortable fully enclosed leather shoes.
Classes are hands on and physical with a small group of 6-9 students. They are not just demonstrations, everyone gets involved and gets hands-on experience, all overseen by 1-2 experienced butchers. All classes end with something yummy to eat.
08 Mar 12 by Going With My Gut
20 Jan 12 by Freestyle Cookery
20 Jan 12 by Create Eat Love
Punished by pork
Had an amazing day punishing the pork and left with the most enormous mound of pork to take home that I will be eating for weeks. It was a fantastic day that was really hands on. Great instructing by the team and thoroughly recommend doing this course. Looking forward to doing the beef one next already!
I do not think this course could be better. We both had high hopes for the course and they were easily met. You learn the basics of butchery abd a great appreciation for the skill. People are not joking about the amount of meat. Our freezer is now full.
Guys - thank you for a wonderful experience l
Emma and Barnaby
Can't recommend this more highly. Nathan and Scott are very knowledgeable and friendly. They take you through the process, breaking down a huge hind quarter into beautiful steaks and joints.
As others have said, bring a big bag. You really will need it to carry all of the beef home!
Absolutely fantastic day
I was given this as a Christmas present and have always been sceptical of these types of courses. However this was well organised and the instruction was clear and easy to follow. The quality of the pork was excellent (from Ben's mums small holding). I would definitely recommend this course if you want a hands on experience.
A brilliant day out
Taking on half a cow with two knives and a saw seemed daunting at first but working slowly through the various cuts with Nathan and Scott made the process very straightforward and enjoyable.
The group was a good size and I would highly recommend taking part in one of The Butchery courses. I would also recommend a small wheelie case to get everything home!
Learn the Lamb, Love the Lamb
in January 2017,
reviewed on 27 January 2017
This was a 50th Birthday present from friends.
I was great fun and a brilliant experience. There were 10 of us in the class, 2 to each Lamb, and there was enough room to work and watch
Nathan and Ben were excellent and patient in showing you all you needed to know to butcher the lamb. You work one cut/ part of the lamb at a time. They demonstrate what you need to do and walk around the butcher's blocks helping and guiding you.
You get a real appreciation on how much work goes into your joints of meat and i will look at a rack of lamb differently now, having prepared my own.
But that's not all!
You get to take home around 10kg of lamb and wow what great quality meat it is!
Probably the best lamb i have ever had. So tasty and tender.
I highly recommend this and am looking forward to doing another one of Nathans course
Punish the Pork
This was a Christmas present and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time! Despite being on my feet and a bit cold it was hardly noticeable due to the fun I had cutting up pieces of meat and at times was actually therapeutic! It was also a very sociable event. To top it all I got to stuff my fridge and freezer full of delicious pork meat and sausages. This is a highly recommended experience.
Learn the Lamb, Love the Lamb
in November 2016,
reviewed on 7 November 2016
I've been buying meat from Forest Hill Butchers for the last 3 1/2 years and have been amping to do a Butchery course with them for at least that long.
Myself and a mate finally got on the Lamb course last weekend and it was well worth the wait! I've done a few Butchery courses elsewhere but none come close to this in terms of learning and understanding the different cuts and how to get to them!
Instruction from Nathan and co. was very relaxed but equally professional & informative. Their mantra being that there are no stupid questions - so there's no need to be apprehensive as it's a really enjoyable experience.
Can't recommend this course enough and already psyching up for the beef!
Cracking day out
Great way to get a better understanding of the food you eat and appreciate the skill required to prepare it. It was awesome hands on work with very thorough teaching and enthusiasm from Nathan the whole day. Cant recommend it highly enough.