Review of Ginger Pig
I’m on a quest to find out which London butcher has the best T-Bone steak. This week I check out the Ginger Pig’s Marylebone branch, in Central London.
Ginger Pig Marylebone
The Ginger Pig, one of the most famous butcher chains in the UK, has a number of branches across London including the famous Borough market. They sell their meat from their own farms in Yorkshire. The butcher takes an admirable stance on raising their animals, the core idea being that happy animals, raised well and slaughtered humanely make great meat.
Instead of heading to the Borough market branch (which I’ve visited a number of times) I decided to check out the Ginger Pig’s butcher shop in Marylebone in central London.
The Marylebone shop is a feast for the eyes, selling everything from large cuts of steak to enormous Yorkshire pies and ready-to-go hot food.
Ginger Pig’s T-Bone Steak
I was hoping to secure some Longhorn T-Bone, however when I asked the butcher at the counter what breed the steak was from and he said “I couldn’t tell you”. I was a bit surprised, but this was because they were selling multiple breeds and unfortunately the tag on display had been removed from the T-Bone. I double checked, but again he wasn’t sure and could only say it would be from one of the rare breeds that they sell.
I ended up getting almost exactly a kilogram of their T-Bone. It was aged for 4-5 weeks and cost just over £30. The steak was thick but not as wide as the previous steak at W H Wellbeloved Butchers.
Eating the steak
I cooked the steak for a little longer than I usually do as the steak was really thick. I carved the steak, again producing a work of meaty art.
I started with the fillet section. It was relatively tender and tasted pretty good. The Sirloin was had a subtle taste with pockets of strong taste.
The sirloin varied in tenderness and texture with some pieces being incredibly tender and others being chewier. The steak wasn’t overly beefy, but it was tasty and enjoyable.
It’s tricky to rate this steak. While it was a good steak, it wasn’t as good as the steak from W H Wellbeloved or from Drings. It was slightly better than the beef from O’Sheas.
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