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
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.