I have been trying out different ways and places to buy my meat from. I have tried my local butchers, Morissons, Riverford meatbox and buying direct from a local farm. When Westin Gourmet approached me to try one of their boxes I was really interested to see how it would compare and if it could become my new regular meat delivery.
- 1x 6oz Hereford Sirloin Steak
- 1x 6oz Aberdeen Angus Sirloin Steak
- 1x 1kg Packs of Steak Mince
- 2x 7-8oz Pork Loin Steaks
- 1x 1.5kg Whole Corn Fed Chicken
- 10x 4oz Gourmet Steak Burgers
- 24x Award Winning Cumberland Sausages
I found that the meat box was full of tasty meat and love the convenience of it being delivered to work or home. I am still a little unsure whether the meat was free range or organic. I do think Westin Gourmet need to explain their 'ethical sourcing' more fully and in terms that people recognise, and search for, when choosing their food. For example, the sausage's labeling does not detail what percentage of pork they contain, again this is a common way for people to identify high quality. It might also be a nice touch to print the name of the farm that the meat was sourced from onto the label. This would emphasis that the produce really does come straight from farm to customer.
Westin Gourmet promises to beat supermarket prices when comparing the costs of meat per kilo and they even have a supermarket comparison guide.
Comparisons to buying meat elsewhere
I do find our local Morrisons pretty good quality and reasonably priced but I worry about animal welfare and fare deals for farmers. My local butchers is good but a little pricey and I don't like some of the seasoning they use, I find everything a bit too salty. The Riverford meat box was excellently packaged with all the packaging materials natural and recyclable, plus they pick up the packaging on their next delivery. The Riverford meat box is all organic but I wasn't blown away by the taste of the meat. My favourite place to shop is a local farm callled Send Hill Farm, however they don't deliver and several times I have turned up at the farm shop to find it has closed early or will not open that day.
Will I try Westin Gourmet again?
The meatbox has certainly whet my taste buds and I will be purchasing another box with a large order that can be split between the fridge and freezer. I hope that some better labeling and explanations of sourcing can be developed but I am happy to order another box. It will be good to see if this way of shopping works for me whilst providing good quality meat. As there are only two of us I may look into seeing if friends at work and who live locally would like to split a bulk order. All in all I recommend trying Westin Gourmet.
Have you ever bought your meat online or have you found a local farm to buy direct from? If you would like to try the one time offer box I am happy to be able to share with you below a £30 discount. Let me know what you think if you put in an order.