ntroducing Donald Russell
No meat is more tender or delicious than the meat from Donald Russell, Royal Warrant holder and Britain's leading mail order meat supplier. Based in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Donald Russell is an online butcher who specialise in grass-fed, traditionally matured beef and lamb, reared by farmers who care about their animals. Donald Russell's full range of gourmet meat products includes:
• Grass-fed, traditionally matured beef and lamb
• A complete range of gourmet steaks including fillet, sirloin, ribeye and rump
• Award winning free range poultry
• Wild venison, game birds and hare
• RSPCA accredited Freedom Food salmon
• Wild sea fish
• Scottish scallops and langoustines
• Smoked fish and Arbroath smokies
• RSPCA accredited Freedom Food pork
• Award winning sausages and gourmet steak burgers
• Welfare-kind veal
• Gourmet specialities hand made by our chefs
The History of Donald Russell
It is often assumed that there is a real Mr Donald Russell, but in fact the name was created by the two founders; Scottish farmer William Donald and Master butcher John Stone, whose family traded under the name "Russell Meats".
Donald Russell, which was set up in 1974, originally supplied meat to the trade industry only. In its early years, Donald Russell supplied gourmet meats to a growing number of highly reputed restaurants and hotels in the UK and worldwide, from Kensington Place and Simpson's-in-the-Strand to the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and The Grand Hotel, Monte Carlo. We still supply many of them today. But it was only when top chefs began to enquire about having the meat they cooked in their restaurants delivered to their homes, that Donald Russell began delivering its distinguished steaks to households across the UK.
Donald Russell supplies kitchens all over the country, from London's top Michelin-starred restaurants, to the kitchens of our many satisfied customers. And it's not just Donald Russell's renowned beef and lamb that you can buy online these days either. Having built our reputation on supplying the very best meat available, we decided that we could respond to the demand for the same level of quality in other meats. Donald Russell's range of premium meats now includes the finest free range pork and poultry, genuinely wild venison, game birds and seafood, and even gourmet specialities, lovingly hand-prepared by our experienced chefs.
What makes Donald Russell different?
Donald Russell has built its reputation on a number of unique factors, including ...
The sources of Donald Russell meat: We source all our meats from the best suppliers we can find. Our expertise ensures that we choose animals with excellent marbling, tenderness and flavour. We make a point of sourcing all our meat from suppliers who care about the welfare of the animals, because contented animals produce the tenderest and most flavoursome meat.
The ageing of Donald Russell meat: Most modern meat suppliers simply do not allow their meat to mature, so it becomes tough and flavourless when cooked. At Donald Russell, we use traditional methods to mature our beef and lamb for up to 21 days, allowing time for the rich flavours to develop and for the meat to become incredibly tender.
The standard of Donald Russell butchery: Founder of Donald Russell, John Stone, co-wrote The Meat Buyers' Guide, a classic text for butchers which established industry-wide standards for cutting, and helped earn him an MBE for services to the meat industry. These standards have been rigorously upheld through the years, and so Donald Russell's richly deserved reputation for immaculate butchery lives on.
We never compromise: Quality, service and most of all, taste are of the utmost importance to all of us at Donald Russell. We really care about the products we supply, and we go to extremes to provide our customers with the finest foods available. Our passion for supplying the best has not gone unnoticed either; click here to read some of our testimonials.