Happy National Butchers Week! 

York is the perfect place to celebrate National Butchers Week; with the Shambles known not only as one of the most picturesque streets in the UK, but also as the ‘street of butchers’. The ‘Shambles’ infamous name derives from the medieval word ‘shamel’ which is used to describe a bench or ledge on which goods were sold, and in this case meat. Many of these shamels can still be seen on the much-loved cobbles of the Shambles to this day. So, why not make a week of it! Consider this your guide to finding the brilliant butchers of York keeping the tradition alive and keeping us fed! 

M&K Butchers 

Housed on Bishopthorpe Road, M&K Butchers is the definition of a family-owned business. Established in the 1970’s and owned by brothers Matthew and Simon Kneafsey, M&K Butchers has stayed within the capable hands of the Kneafsey family for over three generations. M&K offer good old-fashioned Yorkshire charm along with top quality meat, cooked pies and BBQ essentials.

10 Bishopthorpe Rd, York YO23 1JJ


David Swain

Owner and namesake David Swain was born into a family of butchery, being the son of long-established G.A Swain. With his wealth of experience, David Swain offers all the butcher’s staples at a top quality, as well as their famous 21-day matured beef steaks that are a favourite with locals.  

5-6 Fish Stalls, York YO1 7LA


Derek Fox Butchers and Game Dealer

For over 90 years, Derek Fox Butchers and Game Dealers has stood proud on the market place of Malton. They offer a gargantuan array of meat, BBQ offerings, meal deals, dairy & more. Their speciality is the selection of game products that are always fresh and sourced locally.

25 Market Pl, Malton YO17 7LP


S Waind & Sons Ltd

Providing meat and local produce from nearby farms since 1882, S Waind & Sons are a fundamental part of the Kirkbymoorside high street. As well as the superb quality meats, the butchers has its very own bakery team producing a selection of mouth-watering pastries and pies.

2 Piercy End, Kirkbymoorside, York YO62 6DF

Butchers Block 

Since opening their doors to the public in 2007, owners Matthew and Jessica have been serving high quality, locally sourced meats with an emphasis on transparent traceability of the journey from the farm to the shelf. As well as their great meat selection, they also hand make sausages and burgers that are perfect for the mid-summer BBQs!

3 Gerard Ave, Burnholme Dr, Tang Hall, York YO31 0QT


Thorntons Bakehouse & Butchers 

Since 1960, Thorntons Bakehouse and Butchers has been passed down through three generations from father, son to grand-son. As a crossover between a butchers and a bakehouse, Thorntons offer award winning pies and pastries as well as meat from farms nearby. They even offer lamb reared by members of the family on their farm in Oldstead. Butchery has been in their family for years and the care they take in their meats is just as evident in the way they treat their customers!

Chapel St, Easingwold, York YO61 3AF