Originally Posted by MmmChocolate
Fwiw - this might sound a bit obvious but after trying various steaks from various shops and various offers and deals etc (and indeed not-on-offer branded 'finest' meat) for years, I recently started buying steak over the counter in butchers' shops again and the jump in quality was unreal - not to mention you're supporting a local small business. You won't save much - although a lot of butchers will do their own offers too - but in terms of bang for your buck, I highly recommend giving your local butcher a go again if you've drifted away for the convenience of the one stop shop. I was even able to get the nice man to cut a fresh sirloin for me for me cos none of the ones on display were thick enough for me - I like a good rare steak.
Just my two cents' worth.
I think it can depend on the butcher, my local guy is the only butcher for a 15 mile radius and so is pretty expensive vis a vis Aldi/Supervalue. He charged me 27 euro for 2 kilos of beef shin there a while back when Ive often got it in other butchers for 9-10 per kilo. We've got the same problem with the local pharmacy, they're the only one in town so their prices are off the scale, paid 75 for a script one day and was so pissed off about it rang Boots to price it up- 49 euro
As a result I only use the local butcher if Im really stuck as I cant justify prices 30% higher than elsewhere. If his prices were reasonable Id shop there a lot more often. In general I get most meat from Aldi but then use the Village Butcher in Ranelagh once a month for an order of stuff that the supermarkets doesnt have like beef cheeks, shin, chuck steak, boned chicken thighs, etc. They also do delicious free range pork chops. They're great to deal with, you can email your order in and its ready waiting for pick up on my way home.
Agree with you that the quality of the meat is usually a few notches up in butchers than the supermarkets. But my experience is some are great value for money while others are a bit of a rip imo.