Locally Sourced Meats for National Butchers’ Week
This week marks National Butchers’ Week and we thought it would be the perfect time to introduce Darts Farm, our restaurant's local master butchers. Based in Topsham in Devon, Darts Farm provides us with high-quality meat from the native Ruby Red cow. Both Mickeys Beach Bar & Restaurant and Lympstone Manor source their cuts, especially picked by Alastair and Phillip - Darts Farm master butchers. Not only specialising in beef, they also deliver us with expertly farmed pork, lamb and chicken.

By choosing to use local butchers, we’re not only getting exceptional meats, but we’re supporting our nearby community and an environmentally sustainable food system. Michael has always championed the local larder of the South West and is passionate about including these ingredients in his dishes. Their farming methods are one reason they stand out above the rest. “Here at Darts Farm, the low-density of indigenous Ruby Red cattle that graze our wetlands are integral to establishing and maintaining a dynamic ecosystem and thriving biodiversity. Through eating, dunging and seed dispersal they transfer nutrients across our pasture, creating unique mosaics of habitat and directly enhancing the structure & fertility of our soil and grass. The resulting permeant pasture on the banks of the River Clyst is one of the most effective forms of carbon sequestration on the planet.” Dart’s Farm meats and Ruby Red steaks are featured in many of Michael’s menus, including Mickey’s Cuts, and Lympstone’s A La Carte & Signature Tasting Menu.

A customer recently visited us at Mickeys Restaurant and said: “I ordered a medium-rare rump steak with Argentinian chimichurri, and it was by far the single best steak I have ever had. The beef was so tender that I didn't even need a steak knife - it cut like butter, and actually melted in my mouth. If you're still thinking about a meal several weeks after the fact, chances are the chefs are among the best in the world.” Book a table at one of our restaurants and really get to know our outstanding food and service.