Belted Galloway Guest Breed Beef
- Posted: 7th November 2018
Sourcing the best British beef is at the heart of what we do here at Chop House. We work closely with farmers to ensure the beef we serve has been produced sustainably & can be fully traced back to the farm on which it was raised.
This weekend we’re delighted to serve Belted Galloway as our Guest Breed Beef, currently experiencing an upsurge in popularity and it's no wonder. One of the most visually distinctive breeds of cattle, its many merits lie not only in its unique appearance & good nature, but also in its hardiness and top quality beef. Originating in the harsh upland climate of the Galloway hills in beautiful south west Scotland, the Beltie is well-equipped to thrive outdoors in any climate. This remarkable animal is slow to mature, which means its beef has a special flavour and texture which is the envy of many other breeds. No one is absolutely certain where the ‘Beltie’ originated however the popular belief is that it resulted from crossing the ancient Galloway with the Dutch Belted cow - the Lakenvelder, in the 17th & 18th centuries when trading links between Britain & the Low, Benelux, countries were at their most lucrative.
The distinct and ancient Galloway cattle were in Scotland long before that and originated in the old counties of Kirkcudbright and Wigtown area of south west Scotland. While black was the favoured colour, they could also appear as brindle, red, dun, white, brocket faced and eventually as white middled or 'belted.'
Belted Galloways are perfectly suited to turning rough hill pasture into the finest quality meat. To ensure winter warmth, the Beltie has a double coat of hair rather than the layer of fat most other breeds require. Their beef is therefore lean, succulent & once chargrilled creates an incredible steak.
Belted Galloway is served at Chop House Bruntsfield, Leith & Market St. this weekend. Book A Table.
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