Hazel, willow, beef and storytelling from Bedfordshire

Red Poll beef

Great tasting beef…

..produced slowly using a system that minimises our impact on the environment, maximises the welfare of our animals and protects and perhaps improves a beautiful piece of Bedfordshire. That’s the ideal anyway!

Our next fresh beef will be available early in summer 2024.

Please see our price list below (NB. these 2023 prices may be subject to increase in 2024). The ordering process is simple and a bit old-fashioned.

  1. Decide what you’d like to order (give us a call if you need to ask anything)
  2. Send an email to info@wassledine.co.uk or call on 01462 711815 or 07805 819415, telling us what you’d like. We can deliver free of charge to Gravenhurst, Shillington, Meppershall and Campton
  3. We will confirm your order as soon as possible.
  4. Collect your beef from us at 45 Clophill Road, Gravenhurst, MK45 4JH. Your beef will be vacuum packed and chilled. Don’t forget a cool bag to keep it cold.
  5. We will take payment on collection/delivery. Pay by cash, card or cheque
CutDetailPrice per kg or unit
TopsideJoints, 0.75-3kg£16.80
Silverside/top rumpJoints, 0.75-3kg£14.80
BrisketRolled joints 1-2kg£11.80
Rump steakPacks of 2 x 8oz (0.23kg)£21.55
Fillet steakwhole fillet or sliced steaks£49.30
Sirloin steakpacks of 2 x 8oz (0.23kg)£29.00
Forerib1, 2 or 3 bone joint£28.00
Braising steakDiced 500g packs£12.15
Beef burgersPacks of 4 burgers£6.15/pack
Minced beef500g packs£10.00
Stewing beefDiced 500g packs£10.15
Short rib1.5-2kg pack£12.65
ShinDiced 500g pack£10.15
SkirtSliced 500g packs, 10.15
Tonguewhole£8.65 each

If you’d like us to keep you informed, so that you hear when fresh beef will next be available to order, why not complete the mailing list form to the right of this page or at the bottom if you’re using a mobile device?

Blanche with lovely beef at Franklins butchers

Blanche with lovely beef at Franklins butcher 

About our killing and butchery

When a beast’s ready for the butchers, he goes off to be killed at Evans, Marston Moretaine, Beds and then currently the sides of beef (the right and left halves of the carcase) go to Franklins at Thorncote Green, near Sandy, to be hung for about a month. In the mean time, we contact all our customers to request orders. The beef is expertly cut and packed to customers’ specification by Franklin’s butchers and on a prearranged date customers collect from us or we can deliver locally. The round trip from Gravenhurst to abattoir to butcher and back to us is about 40 miles – about as low as we can make it, which is good for the animals and the product and hopefully reduces our impact on the planet.

Beef during cutting

Beef during cutting

If  you need advice about anything beef-related (you could try us on other matters but the accuracy of our responses may vary), please talk to us – we know a fair amount about the multitude of cuts available and how to cook them, as we’ve been doing this for a few years. If we don’t know, we’ll do whatever we can to find an answer for you.

Wassledine's lumpwood charcoal, just lit; ready to cook on in about 20 minutes

Wassledine’s lumpwood charcoal, just lit; ready to cook on in about 20 minutes

We produce lumpwood barbeque charcoal using wood cut locally. This is  pretty ace at fueling those summer barbies. How about adding a bag to your beef order?

You’ll find more information about our charcoal here


This page focuses on our Red Poll beef. If you’d like to read about the farm and the cattle, click here.

Red Polls grazing our old meadows

Red Polls grazing our old meadows

We  are a very small producer and sell most of our beef to customers who live within a handful of miles. To make sure you hear when fresh beef will next be for sale, please click on the link to the right and sign up to receive news including our next beef dates.

Gift certificates

We offer gift certificates to redeem against any of our products, so if you are after a gift for someone who might appreciate some Wassledine Red Poll beef, find out more here.

Comments from some of our customers…

“Just a quick note to say how much we have been enjoying your beef – it really is very very good, easily equaling the best beef we’ve had, in Scotland! – and such a treat, as meat really should be. We don’t eat all that much meat these days, but to have a store of such good beef to break into in the freezer every couple of weeks or so is working out really well for us, as a treat to look forward to every so often” Richard, Shillington

“.. the fillet was probably the best steak we’ve ever tasted…”  Joan, Bedford

“We have eaten beef in many different places all over the world… ..and have to say that this was the best piece of meat we have ever eaten”.  from a letter to the Gravenhurst Grapevine magazine.

The beef was as good as it looked, and I have to say absolutely marvellous cold in a sandwich the day after. Mmmmmm Phil, Oakley

Dear Jane, I just wanted to email and say that we had beef stew tonight and I must say that is the best stew I have ever tasted!!! I never knew what the fuss was about with beef until now – it tastes completely different and we get all our beef from the farmers market usually!! Debbie, Huntingdon

A very belated email to thank you for providing us with such delicious meat.  The braising steak we had was the best I honestly have ever tasted – it was so tender.  The beef burgers were exactly the same and it was the first time in my life that I have grilled burgers and not been left with a grill pan full of fat – I was amazed.

Meant to say how much we enjoyed the beef I bought last weekend. Lovely tender meat with a great flavour. Even the children gobbled it up which is a HUGE recommendation… Kit

Our System

In our extensive system, steers are ready for killing at 24-28 months, compared to more intensive practice where animals can be killed as young as 18 months. Our single suckler herd allows calves to suckle milk to around the age of seven or eight months and grow quickly in the most natural way possible. The herd grazes beautiful riverside meadows, that are in the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme. Between about April and November they eat fresh grass and a wide range of herbage, during the winter months, they are housed and eat either our own hay or hay brought in from very nearby. We occasionally feed barley and oat straw in the winter too, when we can source it from our neighbours. 

All of which adds up to contented cattle.

Omega-3 fatty acids and grass-fed animals

This is an area that we’ve previously steered clear of. That’s partly because we don’t wish to suggest anything about our beef that we don’t know to be true and partly because we don’t really want to be seen as part of a wild and radical fringe. Actually, we’re probably ok with the latter – just a bit worried about losing the support of some of our customers.

Ready to bale? Making hay for winter feed

Ready to bale? Checking hay, for winter feed

It seems that the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in meat derived from animals that eat grass is higher than from those that are fed cereals. This doesn’t seem to be a controversial statement to make. Here’s a snippet from a research finding originally published in Nature, and cited at Wikipedia.

“Omega 3 fatty acids are formed in the chloroplasts of green leaves and algae. While seaweeds and algae are the source of omega 3 fatty acids present in fish, grass is the source of omega 3 fatty acids present in grass fed meats. When cattle are taken off omega 3 fatty acid rich grass and shipped to a feedlot to be fattened on omega 3 fatty acid deficient grain, they begin losing their store of this beneficial fat. Each day that an animal spends in the feedlot, the amount of omega 3 fatty acids in its meat is diminished”.

The controversial next step is the health claims made about omega-3 fatty acids. There’s more information in that Wiki reference above and loads of stuff, particularly American, elsewhere on the net. Still for all of you who pack away tons of oily fish every week, it might be that the occasional Wassledine steak or beef stew is just what you need.

From Field to Fork

Having watched the whole process of slaughter from start to finish (thanks to EBLEX and Dawn Meats, Cardington), we are convinced that the most stressful part of the process is transportation. Killing on the farm is not permitted in the UK so the next best option is to make the journey to the slaughter house a short one.

We use the services of Evans of Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, to kill our animals, a trip of about 12 miles which takes less than 30 minutes.

Butchering meat beautifully is a highly skilled task

Butchering meat beautifully is a highly skilled task

From the abattoir the carcase is collected by the butcher and hung for 3 – 4 weeks. This allows the beef to develop a fantastic depth of flavour. The butcher then cuts and packs the beef according to our customers’ orders.

Point of sale
We receive meat back, vacuum-packed, weighed and labelled ready for us to deliver direct to our local customers on the same day. Any not with customers on that day is frozen.

Join our customer list

If you would like to know when our beef will next be available and to be added to our customer list, have a look at the top of this page or contact us.  We are currently a very small producer – killing only four or so animals each year, so we don’t always have fresh beef available.

Once on our list, we will let you know when beef will next be available. You place an order and your fresh meat will be ready for collection or delivery on a specific date.

Delivery and collection
We currently do not mail order meat. We can deliver free in Gravenhurst. Otherwise you will need to collect by prior arrangement.

Frozen meat
Available throughout the year – please contact us.

Favourite beef recipes
Top side minute steak being prepared for a ragu

Top side minute steak being prepared for a ragu – ready to roll, with parsley, garlic and Parmesan

Here are some recipes that we like, that have been recommended or that we just like the look of. Why not give one or two a try? Fancy sharing a favourite? We’d love to include yours here – let us know.

Elke’s Rinde rouladen – a German take on slow cooked, rolled topside steaks; similar to the ragu recipe below and just as good. Thanks Elke!
Norma Vogt-Carney’s Pot Roast – We are grateful to Vicki Chappell-Apling, now of Cardington for passing on her step mother’s recipe for chuck or brisket, which sounds fantastic.
Boiled beef and carrots – we know a song about that (well not really, but you know what I mean). Something very traditional to do with salt beef.
Spiced beef – another salt beef recipe which must be in the running for the longest cooking award (assuming there is one?)
Stuffed beef rolls in tomato ragu – apparently a very traditional Sunday lunch in southern Italy; absolutely fantastic!
Sylvia’s Westmoreland steak – a simple slow cook recipe using stewing steak, with a great-looking cheese crust
Margaret’s burgers – easy to make and lovely to eat
Bresaola – a ‘classic Italian salt-cure’ that makes something extremely special from a silverside joint. Quite a lengthy process but definitely worth it.
Winter warming casserole – recommended by our daughter who copied it from a library book
Slow cooked silverside with bacon and Guinness – a simple, hearty pot roast of beef in Guinness that is a great no-fuss dish for larger gatherings of friends and family.

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