Mutton

Mutton

Our mutton is characterised by complex flavours due to the older age of the animal and the variety of wildflowers, herbs and grasses on which the ewes graze.

With a flavour big and bold enough to withstand some serious spicing. From tagines and curries to a classic shawarma, mutton is thankfully making a long overdue resurgence.

A lamb becomes hogget on its first birthday and mutton on its second, although arguably the best mutton comes from sheep aged 4-6 years. At some stage in the middle of last century, mutton fell out of favour in Britain and became regarded as an inferior meat. Prior to this it was the meat of choice and far more widely consumed than lamb. A misconception that mutton has an excessively strong flavour is the probable cause, although this notion was somewhat misplaced. Whilst it is true that mutton does have a richer flavour (by virtue of its age), darker colour and more generous fat content; these qualities are in fact mutton's crowning glory.

Our mutton comes from hardy hill breeds like the Swaledale, Lonk and Dalesbred. Generations of shepherds have selected these breeds to roam the Yorkshire Dales - perfectly adapted to the wild conditions; the summer heat and the extreme cold of the windblown moortops in winter. Foraging an entirely natural diet of grasses, herbs and heather gives our mutton a unique depth of flavour, we enhance this by hanging on the bone for a minimum of 3 weeks before being expertly prepared by our team in the butchery.

9 products

  • Mutton Shoulder, Rolled

    Mutton Shoulder, Rolled

    From £14.80

    Mutton Shoulder, Rolled
  • Diced Mutton
    Diced Mutton

    Diced MuttonOffer

    £7.00 £5.95

    Diced Mutton
  • Mutton Shoulder, Half
    Mutton Shoulder, Half

    Mutton Shoulder, Half

    £16.20

    Mutton Shoulder, Half
  • Minced Mutton

    Minced Mutton

    £6.00

    Minced Mutton
  • Mutton Chops
    Mutton Chops

    Mutton Chops

    £12.00

    Mutton Chops
  • Mutton Leg, Rolled
    Mutton Leg, Rolled

    Mutton Leg, Rolled

    From £15.20

    Mutton Leg, Rolled
  • Mutton Leg, Half
    Mutton Leg, Half

    Mutton Leg, Half

    £24.30

    Mutton Leg, Half
  • Mutton Shoulder

    Mutton Shoulder

    £33.75

    Mutton Shoulder
  • Mutton Leg, Whole
    Mutton Leg, Whole

    Mutton Leg, Whole

    £45.00

    Mutton Leg, Whole

The benefits of Swaledale meat

  • Swaledale Butchers

    Fresh delivery

    Orders received before 9am are freshly prepared and shipped DPD for next day delivery. We serve the whole of the UK excluding Channel Islands, Northern Ireland and some parts of Scotland.

  • Swaledale Butchers

    Unrivalled quality

    Our meat has been celebrated in Britain's best restaurant kitchens for over ten years. There are many who claim to work with native breed farmers, but few who can prove it.

  • Swaledale Butchers

    Sustainable & traceable

    We have partnerships with selected farms and work with carefully selected local abattoirs so we have confidence in the welfare of the animals and full traceability of all our products.