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Founded by John (Jack) Saunderson in 1958, there are three generations of the Saunderson family currently working in the business. In our butcher’s shop on Leven Street in Edinburgh, we are supported by a fantastic team of experienced butchers.
Meet the people who are responsible for cutting, preparing and selling our locally sourced, high-quality Scotch beef, Scotch lamb, Specially Selected pork & poultry. And make sure to say hi next time you’re in the shop!
Janet - Finances
John’s mother has worked in the office since 1969. She’s still keeping him on the financial straight and narrow!
John - Owner
1993 - present
John has taken over the family business from his father, John (Ian). When he’s not spending time with his wife Susan and their children Callum, Ewan & Hazel, he loves to play golf, and enjoys gardening and walking the dog.
John’s favourite recipe is flat iron beef with garlic mushrooms, roast potatoes and watercress salad. In summer, however, BBQ is his favourite type of cooking, sitting outside with a cold beer.
Susan - Office
Susan is responsible for all our office and admin work. She takes care of our accounting, paperwork and computer, and is usually the one answering the phone when you call us.
Susan’s favourite recipe is a hearty beef casserole with silverside beef, onions carrots, celery, and covered with chopped tomatoes. Cooked at 180 degrees for 2 hours, it’s comfort food at its best!
Ewan - Manufacturer
2013 - present
At work, Ewan is responsible for all our homemade pies, sausages, puddings & haggis. In his free time, he’s very sporty & spends a lot of time playing & watching football, rugby & golf.
Ewan’s favourite recipe is a simple Thai beef salad. His favourite cut of meat for this recipe is either sirloin or ribeye steak, although he can also recommend flat iron steaks if you feel adventurous!
Alan - Shop Manager
Alan has 35 years experience in the trade and has worked with the Saunderson family for almost 30 years. As most customers know, he’s a keen golfer and enjoys football as well.
Alan’s favourite is Sirloin Steak. He likes the nice balance of lean meat and fat and it’s always well-hung in the shop for a minimum of 21 days. Perfect along with pepper or Diane Sauce!
William - Butcher's Assistant
William is training to become a butcher and does many things in his free time. Most of all, he’s a father, a son, a movie-goer, food enthusiast and wannabe coffee connoisseur.
William’s favourite recipe is a skirt steak, an inexpensive cut of beef from the plate with plenty of flavour. He likes his cooked medium and with a homemade chimichurri sauce.
Hazel - Counter Assistant
Bubbly and enthusiastic, our counter assistant Hazel is always up for a chat. In her free time, she enjoys watching documentaries and is a fount of general knowledge because of it.
Favourite cooking tip
Hazel’s favourite tip is a great way to spice up a steak pie or stew: Just crumble in some blue cheese before serving. Its creamy, salty flavour compliments the Scotch beef perfectly.
Murray - Butcher
Murray is one of our craft butchers and a family man. When he’s not working, he spends his time with outdoor activities, cooking, DIY, gardening, cycling and going on long walks with his dog.
Murray’s favourite is a popeseye steak. It’s a thinly sliced rump steak which he prefers cooked medium to rare. It’s an often overlooked cut of meat but great value for money!
Mhairi - Counter Assistant
2019 to present
Mhairi is currently studying history at Edinburgh University where she’s part of Footlights Musical Theatre Society & the dance, music & theatre representative for her student association.
Mhairi’s favourite recipe for bitterly cold days is chicken, bacon and mushroom pie – of course with lots of pastry & seasonings. The perfect winter warmer!
Antonello - Butcher's Assistant
Antonello has always been interested in the world of food in general, and meat in particular. Especially, since his family owns a butcher’s shop in his native Sardinia. Three years ago, he decided to come to Scotland to learn English and everything about the local food culture.