The Perfect Christmas Cheeseboard

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The perfect Christmas Cheeseboard should be bursting with treats – from the stinkiest Stilton to a crunchy Farmhouse Cheddar and everything in between. 

If you don’t have ready access to a cheeseboard from Christmas Eve until New Years Day, I’m sorry to tell you, but you’ve yet to nail your festive food.Read more

All Hallows’ Party

Whether you like it or not Halloween is a firm fixture in our calendars.

I personally love it! Any excuse to cobble together a costume (I’m very much in the make-you-own-costume camp – it’s no fun if you buy one), throw some fake cobwebs on the door and carve a glorious pumpkin.Read more

DIY Cheese & Charcuterie Platter

Cheese & Charcuterie Platter

Craving a cheese and charcuterie platter? You are not alone! In fact, you would be a stranger to Instagram to have not seen the trend in grazing platters becoming a BIG thing over the past 12 months. And when we spot a trend that involves cheese, charcuterie and nibbles, you know we’re going to be into it in a huge way!Read more

Steak 101

steak 101

We’ve all been there – stood in front of a Butcher’s Counter and can’t quite decide which steak to go for. The person in front of you leaves far too quickly and you end up making a split-second choice between Rib Eye and Rump whilst simultaneously forgetting which cut your partner prefers.Read more

Shop Local, Support Local

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You’ve probably heard the £5 message a lot over the past couple of years…

If every adult in the UK spent £5 each week in their local shops and businesses (instead of online, at the supermarket or with big multinationals), whether it be at the local flower shop, the indie book store, the gift shop on the corner, or the independent butcher shop off the main street, it would be worth £13.5 billion going directly back into our towns.Read more

Keeping It Simple

“What was the best thing you ate during lock-down?”

This is my new favourite question.
During lock-down I think we all, even those of us who are culinarily challenged, cooked something we normally wouldn’t. And let’s be honest, what else did we have to look forward to if it wasn’t seeing if that Banana Bread would actually rise (even though it was cobbled together with random bits of flour from the back of the cupboard)?
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Family, Friends & Food

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We’ve all seen those end of the world films… a meteor is on its way, Bruce Willis has failed to blow it up and the people are having full-blown End of Days parties in the streets. 

In March, when I picked up my last takeaway for 3 months (The Courtyard in Penrith – I can’t recommend them enough) there was a strange vibe in town.Read more

It’s our Birthday!

1 year.

One whole year to the day since we flung open our doors and found ourselves at the sharp end.

A year of laughter, hard work, an obscene amount of Cumberland sausages and a hell of a learning curve.

It’s a cliché, but if you’d have told me what we’d be facing in our first 12 months, I would’ve definitely paused a little longer before opening those doors.Read more

Our Chopping Block Family

Two weeks ago today marked 9 months since we opened our doors. It wasn’t quite the celebratory mood for us, with growing uncertainty around Covid-19 and social distancing coming into place.

Luckily, we’ve been inundated with the most wonderful messages of support and thanks and, with the mornings a little brighter and blossoms beginning to burst, we’re feeling pretty positive about the future.

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Sustainability at The Chopping Block

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As a young family business, every day we work hard to be as sustainable as possible, but in the New Year something happened that made us re-evaluate everything we do, specifically in regards to sustainability.

We were cosied on the sofa one night watching David Attenborough’s latest documentary series, Our Planet.Read more