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Red Ruby Farm Visit

Our customers are very demanding, and that’s what we love about them.
They want to know that the meat they eat is top quality, and the very best available.
Because of this we are always looking for new producers to work with, and strive to build a range that’s wider but more selective than anywhere else.

Last year we began stocking Red Ruby beef, from the Chapman herd in Sarratt, Hertfordshire.
Laura and Jonathan have been farming since 2010, when they bought six cows with calves from a local breeder.
Jonathan is from a farming family and although he’d been working in the City for years it was always his dream to return to farming.
In the 8 years that the Chapmans have been building their herd they now have over 200 cattle.

Because they were starting from scratch Laura and Jonathan had the luxury of being able to choose exactly which breed they wanted to work with.
European breeds are larger and yield more meat per animal, however the Chapmans were passionate in choosing a native breed that would prosper on their farm.

They eventually decided on Devon Red Ruby, as it’s a smaller, hardy breed that is renowned for great tasting meat, and is resilient enough to endure the cold British Winters.

We went to visit the farm last week, and although the cattle have been brought in off the fields for the colder months, they are in large three-sided barns with an open front, so they are still exposed to fresh, open air.

The Chapmans are certified members of the Pasture Fed Livestock Association, or which there are only 50 in the country.
This means that the cattle on the Chapmans’ farm are fed only on pasture, made up of grass, herbs, and clover, and they are never given supplementary feed made of cereals or soya.
This very natural diet makes the meat more fully-flavoured and also more nutritional than non-pasture fed meat, and it also makes sense from an environmental point of view.

To read more about the benefits of pasture-fed beef just click here to visit the Pasture for Life website.

Although we’re in the depths of Winter the cattle are consuming haylage made from the pastures during last year, so the farm is still completely self-sufficient and 100% pasture-fed.

Our Red Ruby beef is available to order online, just click here to view the range.
We receive deliveries from the Chapmans every 3 weeks so if anything is unavailable do check back soon, or email us to find out when it’s expected back in stock.

For more information please see:
Red Ruby Beef
Pasture for Life

15th February 2018

Red Ruby on the farm

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Valentine Steak & Wine

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and if you don’t have anything planned yet, you need to hurry up as there’s not much time left!

We know the old saying that the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart is through their stomach, and that’s backed up by our very non-scientific polling of Keevils staff.
We all agree – cook us dinner and we’ll be putty in your hands.

With this in mind we may just have the perfect meat box for a Valentine’s Day treat.
The Valentine Steak and Wine box is just the thing for a romantic meal for two.

Our fillet steaks are always popular, but when you’re cooking to impress they're a real winner.
Cut from free-range, grass-fed British beef, each fillet weighs 6oz (170g).
Simply pan-fry with a little butter until they're cooked to your liking (9 minutes for rare, 11 minutes for medium, 14 minutes for well done). Then cover and leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Our favourite drink to serve alongside steak has to be a good, deep-flavoured red wine, and as you’re out to impress why would you not go for a Malbec Reserve from our good friends at the Beefsteak Club?

The Malbec Reserve is a really great quality red from the Uco Valley region of Argentina, an area in the foothills of the Andes that’s renowned for producing outstanding wine.
It’s a 2013 vintage, and has been aged for 18 months in French oak barrels to give it a delicious richness and depth of flavour.

So we’ve done the hard work and sourced the best steak and wine combo to sweep her (or him) off her (or his) feet.
You just need some sultry music, candlelight, and red roses, and you’ll have crossed every Valentine’s cliché off the list and you can be happy with a job well done.

Please place your Valentine’s orders before Midnight on Monday 12th February to guarantee delivery to your door on February 14th.

For more information please see:
Valentine Steak & Wine Box

9th February 2018

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Billy and Jack

Billy Wright and Jack Layer were finalists in Masterchef 2016, before being beaten in the final by Jane Devonshire.
The two now work together, under the imaginative name Billy & Jack, and they are planning on putting on a number of themed supper clubs in various venues.

Their first event was completed this weekend, and was a daring 24-hour supper club held in the swish restaurant Plum + Spilt Milk at the Great Northern Hotel at Kings Cross.

The supper club was in aid of Cancer Research and was timed to fit in with World Cancer Day on Sunday. It ran from 11am Saturday until 11am Sunday, and comprised six separate sittings – Saturday brunch, lunch, two dinner sittings, late night supper, and Sunday brunch.

We were very happy to provide the meat for the event, and we donated free-range chicken breasts and diced lamb.
The chicken was used to make chicken wellington, a twist on the traditional beef wellington, and these were served in the dinner and supper sittings on Saturday.
The lamb was barbequed by guest chef Ben Tish (author, regular guest on TV cookery shows, and formerly of the Salt Yard group of restaurants) and served with baked squashes, anchovies, capers and brown butter.

Cancer Research is a cause close to Billy’s heart. His Mum has suffered from the disease twice, and in June 2017 Billy was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer after visiting the doctor with a persistent cough. After an operation and ongoing treatment Billy is on the mend, but his experiences mean he is passionate about raising funds and awareness for Cancer Research.

We were very proud to support the event and the cause. Although the boys were exhausted by the end they put on an amazing feast and every plate they served was just perfect.

If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research you still can, by clicking here

Their next event will be a supper club celebrating seasonal British ingredients at BOKI on Saturday 3rd March, flowed by a Sunday Roast at Blacks Club on Sunday 4th March.

For more information please see:
Billy & Jack's website
Billy & Jack's Dinner club at BOKI - 3rd March 2018
Billy & Jack's Sunday Roast at Blacks Club - 4th March 2018
Donate to Cancer Research

5th February 2018

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Macsween Haggis

Here at Keevils we are very proud to be the sole London stockist of Macsween haggis.

Macsween have been making haggis ever since butcher Charlie Macsween opened his first shop in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield back in 1953.
He started making haggis to his family recipe and sold it as a side-line to the other meat and poultry in the shop.

Charlie’s son John took over the family business in 1975 and decided to concentrate on building up the haggis side of the business rather than the butchery shop.

By 1996 Macsween were one of the best known haggis brands, and to keep up with increasing demand John closed his father’s shop and oversaw the construction of the world’s first purpose-built haggis factory.

Today Macsween are synonymous with haggis, and it is being eaten in bigger quantities than ever before.

We deliver Macsween all across the UK, and although many customers have it as a regular treat, we sell most haggis around Burn’s Night.

Burn’s Night is celebrated annually on the 25th January, which was the birthday of the famous 18th Century Scottish poet Robert Burns, who loved his country and wrote an 8-verse poem in honour of the national dish – Ode to a Haggis.

Today, Burn’s Night is observed all around the world and is used almost as a national day, and a time to celebrate all things Scottish. This of course involves eating Haggis, which is usually served with mashed turnips and potatoes (‘neeps and tatties’).

As well as our UK customers we receive orders from as far away as Norway, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia from people who arrange for us to deliver Macsween haggis to a UK address to then to be shipped to them. Get in touch if you’d like to make a similar arrangement.

If you’re enjoying haggis for Burn’s Night or any other time throughout the year, if you order with us we can deliver authentic Macsween haggis, fresh to your door.

For more information please see:
Buy Haggis online

18th January 2018

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New Year, New Meat

It’s that time of year again when many of us take the opportunity of the start of a new year to set some goals for the next 12 months.
Maybe it’s a small change or something more drastic, but if you’ve made plans for a fresh start – good luck and we hope you stick with it. You can do it!

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, and although we can’t force you to start jogging, we can help you to eat better.

There’s a big vegetarian trend at the moment (Veganuary, anyone?) and even if some diets are solely plant-based, there’s a lot of science on our side when we say that meat forms an important part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Meat provides vitamins, minerals, and proteins that are difficult to replace with vegetables, and let’s face it: meat also tastes far better than salad.
If you’re planning on working out more and building muscle this is much easier to do if you’re consuming meat because of the high levels of protein it contains.

If you’re trying to lose weight or just eat less fat, you need to be eating lean meats, and chicken breast in particular is low in fat.
We sell very large 5kg packs of chicken breasts, which come very conveniently with the bone and skin removed.
Each pack contains around 22 large chicken breasts, and we’d advise you to invest in some freezer bags, pack the chicken breasts in bags, and freeze them for up to 3 months.
The normal selling price of the 5kg chicken breasts is £36.95, but they are currently on offer at £25.
That’s just £1.13 per breast.

We now stock a range of Buffalo meat, and it’s a great alternative to beef.
Buffalo is a red meat with a very similar flavour and texture to beef, however as it’s lower in saturated fat it is a healthier choice.
Our buffalo comes from Hampshire, and is completely free-range, pasture-fed, and organic.
As well as buffalo steaks we also supply mince, roasting joints, and a steak and kidney mixed pack.

If you eat a lot of meat or if you’re looking to fill your freezer, our Bodybuilder Box might be another option for you.
Containing 34 portions of lean meats, the Bodybuilder is packed with chicken breasts, rump steak, sirloin steak, and pork chops, and will keep you going for a while.
The products would cost £98.95 if bought separately, but the box costs £85 – a saving of 14%.

We have hundreds of other products online to choose from, and if you’d like any nutritional advice or if you aren’t sure which products are best for you, just get in touch.
Our staff are available 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, so just drop us an email at or give us a call on 020 7236 1888, and they’ll be happy to pass on their meaty knowledge!

For more information please see:
5kg Chicken Breasts
Buffalo Meat
Bodybuilder Meat Box

9th January 2018

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January Sale - Now On

If you’re feeling the pinch from Christmas but you still want to eat well, you might be interested to know our January Sale is now on.

We always have special offers running throughout the year but as a special post-Christmas treat we’ve got savings on some of our best-selling meats, as well as sauces to go with them.

Our Black Angus Beef is one of our most popular products, and we are now offering savings of up to 25% on various cuts, including Sirloin, Ribeye, Fillet and Rump.
Black Angus is a premium breed of cattle and ours is free-range, grass-fed, and gets consistently positive feedback from our customers.

Our corn-fed chicken breasts are another of our most popular products, and we’ve taken 20% off in the sale.
Supplied with the skin on and the wing bone left in, they are very versatile as they can be roasted as they are for a restaurant-standard of presentation, or you can easily remove the skin and bone to cook as a standard chicken fillet.
The corn-based diet of the chickens leaves their meat with a yellow tinge, and also makes it very moist and tender.

We don’t just have offers on meat – we also sell a range of sauces and they are featured in the sale, too.

Bolognese is one of our favourite mid-week meals but we don’t always have the time (or energy!) to make it from scratch.
Our friends at the Potts Partnership have the perfect solution, and their pre-made Bolognese Sauce is far superior to the jars in the local supermarket.
Made with wine and balsamic vinegar, the sauce has a really rich flavour and tastes incredible.

Potts also supply condiments, and their Mustard and Herb sauce is also in the sale.
A moreish blend of Dijon and wholegrain mustard, with thyme, parsley and sage, it goes perfectly with cold meats or roast chicken.

Take a look at the sale and see what you fancy, there are loads more products on offer, and with savings of up to 45% there’s sure to be something that catches your eye.

For more information please see:
January Sale

4th January 2018

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Christmas Capon

Christmas is less than 3 weeks away, but if you haven’t planned your Christmas dinner yet, don’t worry, there’s still time.
We have a wide selection of Christmas meats available that you can order online and we will deliver direct from Smithfield market to you door, right across the UK.

Every year we sell masses of turkeys and geese, but more than anything our customers choose capon.

Capon is the butchery term for a castrated cockerel, and although caponisation is illegal in the UK, we buy ours from France where they are still produced.

By castrating the cockerel it stops it from releasing testosterone, which keeps the meat tender and flavoursome and stops it becoming tough, but the bird still grows much larger than a chicken would do.

Our capons are from Northern France, and they are traditionally reared on free-range farms and fed on a corn-based diet. The natural life they lead is reflected in the quality of the meat, and the finished product is rich and moist, with real depth of flavour.

Each capon weighs just over 3kg and will feed 6 people comfortably.

Our capons are produced especially for Christmas, and because of that we only have them for a very short time, just before Christmas.
This year we are delivering capons on two days only, so if you need one you really need to get your order in as soon as possible as we have limited capons and also limited delivery spaces!
We can deliver capons on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd December.
The capons delivered on 21st will have a best-before date of 25th December, and the birds delivered on 22nd will have a best-before of 26th.

If you would like to order a capon for delivering to you this Christmas you can find them online here.

For more information please see:
Order Capon Online
Christmas Meats

6th December 2017

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Christmas Gift Ideas

We have all your favourite Christmas meats in stock now and available for delivery to your door right up until the 22nd December, but did you know we also have a range of stocking fillers, perfect for the foodie in your life?

If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for a Christmas present for someone who loves food, our friends at Lane’s BBQ and Eat 17 have something up their sleeves that may be just what you’re looking for.

Lane’s BBQ is based in Bethlehem, Georgia, and was set up by award-winning pitmaster Ryan Lane. Ryan had been making his own meat rubs and sauces to use in BBQ competitions, and because of the huge demand from friends and family, he decided to launch it as a business.
Today Lane’s BBQ produces a delicious and very diverse range which adds extra oomph to your food, whether you’re cooking on the BBQ or under the grill, using meat or veg.

Our favourite Lane’s product is the Signature Rub – it adds a depth of flavour with a very mild chilli heat. Even just a small sprinkling over your plain grilled pork chops or chicken breasts makes them really special and flavoursome.

We sell all of Lane’s BBQ rubs and sauces individually or in multi-packs, which offer a saving of at least 15%.

We recently started working with Eat 17, a restaurant in East London who began producing their own bacon jam to serve in their burgers. Customers loved it, so they started selling it on its own, and then added with new variants of Chilli Bacon Jam and Chorizo Jam.

Bacon Jam is a taste revelation and although it sounds like it might be a novelty product, it’s really a delicious combination of sweet onion jam and savoury, salty bacon.

We use bacon jam instead of chutney with bread and cheese, and we also love it spread on toast, with cheese melted on top. Stir it through cooked pasta, have it in a burger, or on the side with a fry-up; there are so many options for you to experiment with.

If none of those ideas have inspired you, we also do a Steak and Red Wine Box, which makes an ideal gift for a carnivore. It contains two each of our delicious grass-fed Sirloin, Rump, Ribeye and Fillet steaks, and a bottle of Malbec Reserve wine by Beefsteak Club.

For more information please see:
Christmas Gift Ideas
Lane’s BBQ Rubs and Sauces
Eat 17 Bacon Jams
Steak and Red Wine Box

1st December 2017

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Christmas Countdown

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun, and we now have just 4 weeks until Christmas Day!
It’s time to make a list (and check it twice) of everything you need to do to prepare.

This weekend has seen loads of discounts right across the country so hopefully you were able to pick up some bargains and get your Christmas shopping started with a bang.
We’ve had our Black Friday sale which we extended and it now ends tonight at Midnight.
If you haven’t had a chance to look yet, you can see our Black Friday offers here.

If you’re in charge of buying meat for Christmas dinner we have a range of different options to choose between, from traditional Turkey or Goose to an impressive Three-Bird-Roast.

If you’re playing it safe with turkey you can’t go wrong with one of ours.
Our Bronze Turkeys are free-range and are from a farm in Surrey. They are reared completely naturally and have constant access to the outdoors with lots of places they can roost or roll in the dust.
Allow 1kg of whole turkey for every 2 adult servings, so for example a 5-6kg turkey will feed 10-12 people.

Goose gets more popular every year as an alternative to turkey.
Our Geese are reared in small flocks in a number of farms across East Anglia. They spend their days foraging for food and hissing at passing people and farmyard animals.
Geese have much less breast meat than turkeys, and so a higher proportion of their weight is bone.
Because of this you need to allow 1kg of goose for each adult serving, so for example a 5-6kg goose will feed 5-6 people.

Our Three-Bird-Roasts are an indulgent treat that you can only really get away with at Christmas.
We de-bone three free-range birds and then stuff them inside each other, with added layers of delicious Sage & Caramelised Onion sausagemeat stuffing.
This makes a boneless joint that’s sure to impress when you cut into it and your guests see all the different-coloured meats.
Available in a choice of sizes, starting at £65 for the Duck roast which weighs 2.5kg and will feed 6-8 people.

Whatever you choose from your Christmas meal, you need to place your order before Midnight on 17th December (or by the 10th if you’d like a Three-Bird-Roast).
We’re delivering until 22nd December but delivery slots for that day are nearly full – so if you need that day we would advise you to order in the next couple of days before it’s fully booked.

For more information please see:
Keevils’ Christmas Meats
Bronze Turkey
Free-range Goose
Keevils’ Christmas Gift Ideas

27th November 2017

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Black Friday Sale

OK, we know it’s only Thursday – and by the way, Happy Thanksgiving to our American customers, we hope you're enjoying your turkey and pumpkin pie! 

But we couldn’t wait any longer, and so you get to enjoy our special Black Friday offers a whole day earlier than normal.

This year we have a real treat for you, because our rarely-discounted Black Angus beef is on offer, with up to 25% off.
Our Black Angus is top quality, grass-fed matured beef which has won numerous awards and continues to be our customers’ favourite beef.
Available as whole or half-sized Rumps, Ribeyes, Sirloin and Fillet, this is your chance to buy it for 25% less than usual.

Also on offer are our tasty T-Bone steaks cut from Chilean beef. Chile is one of the top beef-producing countries in the world, and the area we get ours from is in the foothills of the Andes and very much like an Alpine environment.
The T-Bones each weigh 280g (10oz) and come in a pack of 3. At just £13.50 for 3 steaks that’s just £4.50 per steak which we think you’ll agree is excellent value.

Our final product on offer is our very popular Back Bacon, in our already very well-prices Big Value packs. Big Value doesn’t mean low quality, and our large packs contain around 50 slices of flavoursome rashers that aren’t pumped full of water and won’t shrink down to nothing when cooked.
Choose from smoked, unsmoked, or sweetcure bacon, and save a third on all packs.

There’s no restriction on how many offers you can purchase, the only limit is how much fridge and freezer space you have!

Offers are valid from now until Midnight on Saturday 25th November, so place your order soon and don’t delay!

For more information please visit the Black Friday Sale.

23rd November 2017

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Thanksgiving in the UK

Thanksgiving is one of the main events on the American calendar, and although the precise date changes every year it’s always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

This year Thanksgiving falls on Thursday the 23rd November, and this will be when Americans around the world gather with their nearest and dearest (and eat huge amounts of food).

The origins of Thanksgiving lie with the Pilgrim Fathers, the first English settlers in America back in the 1600s. Their original celebration was after their first successful harvest, when they had a feast which lasted for 3 days and they invited a tribe of local Native Americans to share their food with them.

Thanksgiving today is of course centred on food, but it is also a day to spend with loved ones and is viewed by most as the first event of the festive season.

Here in the UK we’ve seen Thanksgiving grow from something that most people had only heard of in films and TV a few years ago, and it’s now an increasingly popular event for US ex-pats, and also the Brits that feel they're missing out and want a piece of the action.
10 years ago we only sold a handful of turkeys in November, but now the days leading up to Thanksgiving are some of our busiest in the whole year as the turkeys start to fly out – and every year it gets busier!

We deliver all across the UK so wherever you are, if you're celebrating Thanksgiving in the UK you can rely on us to deliver your turkey, right to your door.

Thanksgiving is probably more celebrated in the UK for the fact that the following day is Black Friday, and the start of a weekend of large discounts at many retailers.
We like to join in the fun and our Black Friday sale will be on its way right after Thanksgiving, so keep an eye out for some savings!

For more information please see:
Order Turkey Online

2nd November 2017

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Trick or Treat

Halloween is here and to celebrate we’ve got some very special treats for you!

When you buy some of our most popular products this week you can add a second pack to your order for just £1. 
This is a great way to treat yourself to some decent meat and save money at the same time.

Choose from the following items:
French Duck Breasts (pack of 2)
Venison Steaks (pack of 2)
Pork Chops (pack of 4)
Cumberland Sausages (pack of 18)

Buy one full priced item and add another to your trolley for just a pound. The saving is automatic so you won’t need to enter a discount code to take the money off your order.

The offer runs until this Thursday the 2nd November, so don’t miss out!

Because this is such a good offer unfortunately we can only let you have a maximum 6 packs per customer.

For more information please see:
Halloween Offers

30th October 2017

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