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Dickies

Set on a family farm in the middle of the Vale of Belvoir, Dickies is a ‘destination’ butchery with adjoining cafe/restaurant. In November 2017 the owners introduced a large rustic dining room with an open kitchen, the ‘Cow Shed’.

There’s brilliant beef, pork and lamb on offer in the butchery, either locally sourced or raised on site on Orchard Farm. Dickies offers much more too.

Created and run by Rich and Charlotte Stevens, the butchery is next to the farmhouse and, inspired by the American food and BBQ scene, has been made to feel laid-back, inviting and well… pretty damn cool. As well as a stunning (and long) meat counter, you’ll find vintage butchery kit, farm curios, Dickies-branded (in the traditional burnt-on way) chopping blocks, a large dry-aging cabinet showcasing stunningly fat, dark-ruby-red steaks – and containing Himalayan rock salt to enhance the flavour. There’s also a coffee machine serving good quality cappuccinos, lattes, Americanos and more, so you can get your caffeine fix while choosing your steak.

The theme continues into the Cow Shed, a large wooden dining area with a giant wood-burning stove to keep you cosy in the colder months. There’s an open kitchen here serving a range of breakfasts and brunches from Thursday to Sunday. It is a great place to bring friends for a relaxing, delicious, authentic bite to eat, and plans area afoot to launch an evening restaurant here.

As well as beef, pork and lamb, sausages and burgers, you can buy pies, sausage rolls, Dickies-prepared meals such as Bolognese and Thai-style chicken breasts, plus bread and baked treats from two of the UK’s best bakeries: Hambleton Bakery and The Welbeck Bakehouse.

Dickies is a product of the founders’ passion for food, farming and butchery, and it’s a fantastic addition to the region’s independent food scene. It’s open on Thursdays & Fridays 10am-7pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm, and Sundays 10am-2pm. Closed Monday to Wednesday.

By Matt Wright, founder & editor-in-chief 

Useful info
Orchard Farm, 45 Barkeston Lane, Plungar, Leicestershire, NG13 0JA
01949 869733

Customer reviews for Dickies

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  1. Irene Brans says:

    I can only judge the restaurant as i have not bought from the butcher.

    We went here to eat a couple of weeks ago with a group of 12. You choose your piece of steak near the kitchen, they make a note of how you want it cooked and then it comes to the table. This did not go well – loads of confusion (by the staff) on sizes/weights of each steak and how it was cooked (not that easy to see after a steak is cooked). There was an lot of plate swapping going on.

    I was quite shocked by the prices of the meat – it is expensive, especially considering that the supply chain is short. There’s no wholesaler in the middle who needs to make a margin. The meals in the Cow Shed come with some salad leaves (no dressing) and fries (not home made).

    I ordered a filet steak (8oz). When it arrived cooked it looked like it was cut in half horizontally – it was about half the thickness compared to the raw steak that I chose. The chef/owner came to the table – he was quite adamant that the beef cannot shrink as it was hung for a certain time. He offered to cook another piece, but i did not want my dish to arrive after everyone else had finished…i really do not know how my cooked steak was about half the thickness of the raw one. And it costs £32! Although it was tasty, I’ve had better filet steaks elsewhere for less.

    They state on their website
    “Amazing, imaginative and elegant food with none of the pomp and ceremony of over priced restaurants still flogging their dead horse cusine.” (they should have used spell check….). It is not amazing, imaginative, nor elegant and it is certainly overpriced.

    I am not surprised they do not publish the menu or the prices of their steaks on their website – it will put people off!

    I was disappointed, especially as my expectation was quite high. The Cow Shed is nicely decorated, the waiting staff are pleasant and the fireplace is lovely. Shame about the prices.

  2. Hazel says:

    A warm and friendly place. Popped over there for a piece of brisket for a also had a pork joint all excellent quality and excellent value. Tried the coffee and bacon roll delicious. It seems to be going from strength to strength.

  3. Jeff says:

    The place is friendly and so different and casual
    The food is superb
    Have been here 5 or 6 times and you can watch the food being prepared
    Well worth a visit

  4. Gill says:

    Recently visited the cosy cowshed for a bacon butty brunch & the log burner was a warm welcome. Whilst there bought 2 sirloin steaks & stewing steak from the butchery & the steaks were superb. Will definitely return. One drawback is at the moment the cafe is only open at the weekend. Well worth a visit if in the vale of belvoir.

  5. Rod says:

    We’ve been going to Dickies since soon after it opened about 18 months ago. The meat is great, beef is well aged, pork is full of flavour with a good layer of fat, the lamb is local, and the range of cuts from this whole animal butcher can’t be beaten. The eatery has grown up from the fabulous product of the butchery and now comprises a rustic setting with plenty of seating, a big log burner and sofas at one end with the kitchen and open fire grill at the other. Really good choice of food prepared by experienced and well trained chefs, and proper coffee on tap. What is there not to like ? Sunday roasts are now coming onto the menu and Sundays are made for Dickies. Highly recommended.

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