Welcome to our website, an online shop window to Tillydrone’s Premier Butcher.
The Tilly Butcher located on Hayton road in Aberdeen is owned and run by ‘Lurch Monster’ who is intent on bringing the best of Scotch Beef, Lamb and Pork from the Grampian Hills, and to also bring back an honest price to Butchery.
”Sick of being a dirty scrounging student and after seeing an advert for an apprentice butcher, Lurch; with his C.V written on the back of a bus ticket, approached Laidlaw Butchers (1913-2012) with hopes of employment. After a lengthy meeting with the owner, he was told his new employed life would start on Monday. From October 3rd 2005 to April 4th 2008 Lurch was like a 6ft 2 spiky haired sponge, absorbing ever bit of butchery knowledge he could. In an male predominate environment everyone had a nickname so due to his hulking stature compared to other dumpy butchers the name Lurch was given. Upon completing his apprenticeship in 2007 Lurch was unknowingly trusted into his first important role; seeing the newly opened second shop through its first busy Christmas period.
After a change in management and disagreements on how things were now being run Lurch quietly left out the back door, unable to find a Butcher shop able to take him on he reluctantly sent his slightly bigger C.V to the butchery department at Morrison’s. Several phone calls, interviews and poorly acted health and safety videos Lurch was now a part of the Morrisons’ team. After 2 years of being unappreciated as a trained skilled worker a phone call was made on the off chance that someone was looking for a underused Butcher. As it happened Kerry Mckenzie Quality Butchers were looking for a manager with creative ideas and a passion for butchery to help energize and drag the flagging shop kicking and screaming from the 60’s all the way into 2010.
Lurch revitalized the tired old products with several new ideas and modern takes. Within to 6 weeks the profits had doubled and the shop started to garner positive reputation. But to make money you have to spend money something the owner was reluctant to do, with the shop more busy than ever staff were let go and hours were being cut but more was always expected. Lurch was also asked to reduce the hours he worked, so 8 months after he first set foot in the door, extremely frustrated and now disillusioned with the trade Lurch submitted his resignation.
For the remainder of 2010 Lurch sat at home, unsure if he wanted to work in the Butchery trade again until he received a phone call from the work-wife, the man he’d served his apprenticeship alongside back in Laidlaw ; asking him to help him with his own shop’s (Mackenzie Family Butchers) first Christmas period. After the festive season Lurch left with a new sense of vigour for the butchery trade and began researching howhe could open his own business.
Mid February Lurch was back at Mackenzie Family Butchers picking up the pace of a recently departed worker. The work-wife was highly supportive of his plan to open a new shop and Lurch agreed to stay until after the work-wife’s wife had had their 3rd child. During his spare time Lurch was able to locate the perfect shop in an area where there was no Butcher shop; Tillydrone. Once a business plan was drawn up and the building was secured Lurch met with almost every banker in Aberdeen only to be turned away, after being pointed in the direction of The Princes Trust and bank was on soon on board and the ball was set in motion for Lurch Monster’s Tilly Butcher.”
By professionally butchering and aging our meat, it insures that tender texture and supreme flavour.
Not only is our vast selection of prime sausages and burgers made in house but also our own sweet cured bacon, gammons, black puddings, white puddings, haggis, salt beef and gammon shanks.
We also offer a diverse range of home made stir-fry’s, kebabs, marinated steaks, breaded chicken, meatballs, tender beef olives and chicken olives, as well as an assortment of oven ready meals, fresh fish, butchers pies, cold meats and fresh vegetables .
You can find us at 61 Hayton Road, Aberdeen between 7:30am to 5pm Monday – Saturday & 11am – 2pm On A Sunday.