HISTORY

ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

"No matter if you order online, or come into the store the meat boxes and cabinet has been filled with passion, care & love so you can enjoy just that on your plate."

‘Skippy’ was the original name of the butchery established in 1920 and was named after the first owner. Since then there has been only 3 owners and now I am one of them.

Hi, I am Ben and here is my story. My family started off in the Auckland suburb of before moving down to Tauranga in 2002 purchasing Bethlehem Butchery from it’s second owner.

My father is a very passionate man. He taught me well over the years, about the love and care you put into your product, which has build our reputation that has spanned his lifetime as a butcher and I continue to grow on. My earliest memory of a butcher shop was when I was 5 or 6 years of age. At the end of a school day I would walk down the steep concrete steps out the back to get to the shop and straight into the chiller wherethe strings of cherios would be hanging on hooks. This is where my dad would find me having devoured about 20 cocktail sausages. My dad only had one other staff member working for him and from my early teens and when the shop was busy I would help washing dishes and when I was old enough I commenced my training through an apprenticeship with my dad and gained my qualifications and certificates in Butchery and Health and Safety at the age of 24. I have found cutting meat to be really therapeutic. 2 years later I bought the business from my dad and took over the legacy he created.

I  continue to expand the business with more suppliers, more products and have given the front of the shop a facelift to offer our customers a welcoming, simple look that is easy on the eye and with a friendly feel.

No matter if you order online, or come into the store the meat boxes and cabinet has been filled with passion, care & love so you can enjoy just that on your plate.

Hope to see you soon, Ben Taylor

OUR PRODUCT

Our beef is sourced from highly reputable and certified grass fed, free range, antibiotic & hormone free farms. Our chicken is sourced from highly reputable and certified corn fed, free range organic farms. Our pork is sourced from highly reputable and certified free range farms and we dry smoke our bacon. See our list of suppliers below and their certifications. We offer tailored recipes that compliment a range of lifestyle choices or dietary requirements. From Gluten Free to Paleo, we are proud to say we were the first butcher in Tauranga to offer preservative free products.

OUR VISION

We believe a busy lifestyle should not mean a compromise when it comes to the quality of meat available in today’s market. We pride ourselves on the fresh daily supply of all cuts of meat with the presentation of our packs is second to none. We have reputably the ‘best quality meat in all of Tauranga’.

COMMUNITY

Community support has always been a family passion and we are always keen to give back to the local community that supports us. Helping in fundraising events from Schools and Sports Teams to Individuals who are fundraising for their special events. We are happy to help wherever we can.

The Bethlehem Butchery Team

Jess and Ben have National Cert in Advanced Level 4 Retail Butchery - smoking, curing and small goods manufacturing, Sam in his first year and Jayme in 3rd year working on same cert

Ben

Ben - Boss Dog

My family started off in the Auckland suburb of Remuera before moving down to Tauranga in 2002 purchasing Bethlehem Butchery from its second owner.

I continue to expand the business with more suppliers, more products and have given the front of the shop a facelift to offer our customers a welcoming, simple look that is easy on the eye and with a friendly feel.

No matter if you order online, or come into the store the Meat Boxes and cabinet has been filled with passion, care & love so you can enjoy just that on your plate.

Hope to see you soon, Ben Taylor

Jesse

Jesse - J Dog

Hi, I'm Jesse Avery 29 years old. I’ve been a butcher for 6 years started of working at harmony meats as an apprentice processing organic beef and lamb and have finished my apprenticeship at Bethlehem butchery. I enjoy butchery because I can be creative with different cuts of meats and animals, I’m also a keen hunter and fisherman as I can know where my food comes from and can cook it kitchen to table. I got into butchery because you can travel the world with your career and you’re always learning.

Sam

Sam - Ginger or Ginge

I have always been interested in food, I did food tech at school and was first aggregate in year 12 for home economics. The great thing about being a butcher is it takes a great amount of skill to prepare really good cuts of meat and I think it’s a great career path and my goal is to become a fully qualified butcher which could take me anywhere around the world. I like to keep fit out of work and play football and enjoy gaming and running.

BUYERS TESTIMONIALS

Can’t find what you are looking for? Come and visit us in store and see our daily fresh prepared cabinet. Some and many items you will find in our cabinet are:

Beef

Beef - Angus (grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free)

  • Standing rib roast
  • Scotch fillet steak
  • Eye fillet steak
  • Sirloin steak
  • T-bone steak
  • Rump steak
  • Skirt steak
  • Cross cut blade steak
  • Tomahawk steak
  • Diced beef
  • Beef schnitzel - crumbed or plain
  • Topside mince (lean)
  • Steak mince (ideal for burger patties or lasagne)
  • Shin on the bone
  • Corned silverside
  • Beef shortrib
  • Beef point end brisket
  • Beef Texan BBQ kebab (gluten free)
  • BBQ, bourbon, beef patties
  • Beef wellington - family size or individual 
  • A selection of bones

Lamb - Cold Stream Wairarapa (grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free)

  • Lamb loin chops
  • Lamb shoulder chops
  • Lamb rack
  • Lamb cutlets
  • Lamb shanks
  • Lamb leg steaks
  • Diced lamb (ideal for casserole)
  • Lamb shoulder roast - bone in or boneless
  • Lamb leg roasts - bone in or boneless
  • Lamb mini roasts
  • Lamb, feta & mint burger patties
  • Butterly leg of lamb
  • Lamb noisette (stuffed with baby spinach and feta)
  • Lamb, rosemary & mint kebab (gluten free)

Chicken - Bostock Brothers Organic (free range, hormone and antibiotic free)

  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Chicken breast
  • Crumbed chicken Schnitzel
  • Chicken nibbles
  • Chicken drumstick
  • Chicken maryland
  • Stuffed apricot, cream cheese chicken breast
  • Chicken kiev stuffed with garlic butter
  • Chicken olive (boneless chicken leg stuffed with sage and onion stuffing and pitted prunes)
  • Chicken roll up (whole stuffed chicken leg with cheese and asparagus)
  • Whole chicken sizes 12, 16 & 20
  • Moroccan chicken kebab (gluten free)
  • Spicy lemon & herb chicken kebab (gluten free)
  • Satay chicken (gluten free)

Pork - Harmony Meats (free range)

  • Dry cured middle bacon
  • Dry cured streaky bacon
  • Whole or half hams
  • Champagne hams
  • Pork ribs
  • Pork chops
  • Pork scotch roast
  • Pork shoulder roasts
  • Pork medallions
  • Pork belly (boneless)
  • Pork roulade (pork fillet with sage and onion stuffing wrapped in dry cured streaky bacon)
  • Pork fillet
  • Bacon hocks
  • Pork bones

Small goods

Bethlehem Butchery Sausage Flavours (all gluten free)

  • Lamb, mint & rosemary
  • Beef, herb & garlic
  • Lamb, pea, feta & chives (Silver award at Devro Great NZ Sausage Competition 2017)
  • Pure beef
  • Pure pork
  • Pork & fennel
  • Pork cumberland
  • Pork, white wine & garlic
  • Beef texan chilli
  • Beef, blue cheese & brown ale
  • Beef breakfast sausage
  • Beef chipolatas 

Other

  • Beef pastrami
  • Shaved ham
  • Venison salami
  • Chorizo sausages
  • Cheese kranskys
  • Cocktail sausages
  • Smoked salmon
  • Pork coppa
  • Lamb prosciutto 
  • Pork pancetta
  • Wagyu bresaola
  • Biltong (sliced or whole)
  • Chilli sticks
  • Droewoers

Ready Cooked Meals

  • Italian beef lasagne
  • Cottage pie
  • Sous vide lamb shanks with moroccan marinade
  • Creamy chicken & vegetable family pie
  • Steak & cheese family pie
  • Lamb shank family pie