I'm not too impressed with most of the butchers along the high streets of MK. In general I buy from farm shops and farmers markets
Best Butchers - Lower Rectory Farm, Great Brickhill, Milton Keynes, MK17 9AF - 01908 375275 - very helpful people, skilled traditional butchers, and happy to tell you which of the local farms the meat has come from - good supplier of game and venison, and usually have a good selection of offal. Their sausages are excellent. Take a look at their new air drying chamber. They are now a good supplier of cured meats
Franklins of Thorncote, Thorncote Green, Sandy, Beds, SG19 1PU - 01767 627644 - great for game and free range birds. I get hare, rabbit, wood pigeon, pheasant, partridge, goose, duck, venison and chicken from them. If you don't feel like driving to Sandy, they come to Olney, Wolverton & Woburn farmers markets. Have featured on The Great British Menu, Sunday Telegraph and Observer in recent years. Their chicken is amongst the best I have ever tasted and I can really recommend their 3 bird roast for Christmas
Woburn Country Foods - The Old Grain Store, West End Farm, Haynes West End, Bedford, MK45 3RA - 01234 740300 - good for Woburn venison - they come to Olney & Woburn farmers markets
Padbury Meats - Main Street, Padbury, MK18 2AY - 01280 823366. Cheese / Dairy, Game, Meats, Poultry, Preserves
Olney - 1st Sunday of the month - 9am - noon - the best in the area - good beef, game, fish cheese and vegetables
Woburn - 3rd Sunday of month - 11am - 3pm - one of the best markets around - beef, game, cheese vegetables and The Celtic Bakery
Wolverton - 1st & 3rd Saturday of month - 9am -1pm - a rather small market but Franklins of Thorncote come on the first Saturday, together with a small vegetable stall and a honey stall
Winslow - 1st Sunday of month - a new market but looks worthwhile with cheese, good venison and game, lamb and mutton stalls
- MK is poorly served for good fresh fish on a day to day basis other than the supermarkets, which are generally awful. I buy frozen from The Fish Society
The Wine Society - I get much of my wine from these guys - a not for profit co-operative with free home delivery - very reliable and great wine and spirit selection
Stony Wines - Cameron's are slowly taking over the Odells Yard development in Stony Stratford. Which no bad thing.
PermOrganics - a notable not-for-profit agriculture project based in Northampton - I wish we had something similar closer to MK - supplies some local restaurants - collect your own box scheme
Concrete Cow Brewery - we now have our very own MK based brewery - starting small but help it to grow - beers available in a number of local pubs and for home delivery - please give it your patronage
- as MK becomes a more diverse cultural mix, we are starting to gain the benefit of a number of new food food suppliers
Central Oriental Superstore, 73, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, MK13 9HG. 01908 221088. Almost anything you’d ever need to cook Chinese, Korean, Thai or Japanese food
El Elyon Multicultural Supermarket, 1 Farthing Grove, Netherfield, Milton Keynes, MK6 4JH. 01908 233100 - African produce
- May & June
Warrington House Farm, Warrington, Olney. 01234 711464 - north of Olney - can usually get their produce from Frost's Garden Centre butchery
Vanilla - something I use a lot of. with supermarket prices in excess of £2 per bean, I buy online from Vanilla Bazaar - prices as low as 50 pence per bean for their best quality, depending on quantity ordered
Stony Oven Cleaners - 01908 566496. I love cooking but hate cleaning ovens. This company has done a good job for me..
Where to buy good quality ingredients, locally sourced where possible? I'll try to make this a source for what I think are the best suppliers in and around Milton Keynes. Please let me know of any that I've missed that might warrant inclusion.
Think carefully about where to spend your hard earned pennies and we'll all benefit from tastier food and support our local farming and trading communities.