The story behind Bel's Butcher's in Edzell

Bel Forbes is turning heads not for being female, but for being one of Edzell's best butchers

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A butcher called Bel

The equality of the sexes being what it is these days in many professions, a female butcher shouldn’t be a surprise. But it is unusual.

Bel Forbes opened her traditional butcher’s shop in the village of Edzell in 2007, having previously run a catering business. She has since earned a reputation as a supplier of the best meat in the area. As well as pies and sausages, Bel sells locally sourced wild game in season; privately bought fully matured local beef; local lambs and family-produced pork.

Specialities include home-made haggis wrapped in chicken and chicken liver pâté, and Bel has picked up awards through the Scottish Federations of Meat Traders Association for a number of products: her Mediterranean lamb steaks were voted the best lamb product in Scotland in the 2011 awards. Bel’s Butchers is also a member of the Scotch Butcher’s Club.

Bel's Butchers

25A High Street, Edzell, Angus, DD9 7TE

Bel Forbes and her friendly team make many of their extensive products to their own recipes – sausages, burgers, black pudding, white pudding, haggis, polony, clootie dumpling, and kebabs. Bel's best sellers are her pies, particularly her steak and…

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1. Lesley Lockett29 Oct 2012, 2:01pm Report

You haven't lived until you try Bels Steak Pie. Should be on all bucket lists!! A mouthful of dreamy heaven.

2. Jag Betty20 Jun 2014, 4:55pm Report

we visited today and had a good laugh with the friendly staff. I got some lamb kebabs and Bro got a couple of pork pies. Quality service. Thanks from the Strange Places in Scotland team.

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