The Butcher's Block
The day’s specials are painted on the window, enticing passersby.
Wall o' candy.
A close up of the candy wall. The Butcher’s Block carries some 40 plus types of Irish and English candy bars.
Cookies for tea
Gaynor’s favorite cookies are these Cadbury Oat & ChocChip. The Butcher’s Block carries some 75 kinds of cookies in all—more than enough for afternoon tea.
Gaynor stocks Fruitcake (for Christmas time) and Porter cake (for St. Patrick’s Day)—which is a bit like fruitcake, but doused in a good, dark porter.
Jams and more
To go with his Irish raisin scones and teabiscuits, Gaynor stocks an extensive array of jams and preserves, like these from Wilkin & Sons in flavors such as ginger, black currant, “tiptree” orange, “sweet tip” raspberry, and gooseberry. Other popular brands, such as Old Time Irish and Chivers, are also well represented.
Lovely yellow packages of teacakes and marshmallow treats for tea time.
For making sweets at home
The Butcher’s Block carries some treats for homemade baking, including tins of Tate & Leye’s Black Treacle (good in dark, moist cakes, toffee & Christmas Pudding)—and Golden Syrup (for sponge puddings and gingerbread).
Custard is a common accompaniment to many Irish and British desserts. At the Butcher’s Block you’ll find the well-known British brand Ambrosia. Spoon it over bread pudding or apple crumble for an extra-rich treat.
Curry for chips
McDonnell’s curry sauce is good for making popular curried potato chips. It's “sweeter than the Indian stuff," says Gaynor.
Every good steak needs...
The Butcher’s Block carries classic Irish and British condiments, such as mint jelly, strong English mustard, and an apple sauce made from Bramley apples, an almost-exclusively British variety of apple.
The requisite potato display. It is an Irish grocery, after all.