Who are we?
The origins of John Gilmour Butchers began just after the Second World War when William Gilmour, in 1946, returned from flying with the RAF during wartime service. He was joined by his brother John in the High Street butchers shop in Prestonpans that had been owned by Bob Greig.
Bob was a complete master butcher, who had a small abattoir down the lane from the old shop which had been a butchers shop for over 100 years prior. A different method for a different time.
We have come a long way as a business since then and now operate from our ECC approved factory based in East Lothian, just a few miles from our original shop in Prestonpans. Often referred to as the “garden of Scotland” due to the rich arable farming land that makes up the county, it also has some of the best cattle producing farms in the world, that we often buy from.
We are now a third-generation family business, using the skills and experience built up over almost 70 years of trading. We still have the passion to supply our customers with amazing British meat.
We supply some of the finest hospitality venues around the UK - ranging from fine-dining restaurants and the best hotels in Scotland, to local restaurants and pubs. Whatever your hospitality needs are - we can help.
We have been incredibly proud to have won a series of awards in recent years, including Double Gold Medals at the World Steak Challenge for two years in a row now (keep your fingers crossed we will make it three in a couple of months!).
We have also won Best Scotch Brand Product of the Year for our steaks at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards, for 2022 and 2023.
We have listened to our partner chefs, and want to make ordering as easy as possible. Soon, chefs will be able to simply pop into our portal with their login details and order, make changes to their order, or contact us should they need any further assistance. This streamlining of the ordering process is just the next step in our expansion as John Gilmour Butchers.
This new portal is coming soon - we will make the page live as soon as it's ready. Thank you for your patience!