Top 5 restaurants for meat lovers

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It's all well and good trying to pick the best restaurant to eat at the weekend or for a special occasion, but what if you're really hankering for a big, juicy steak or a huge rack or ribs? You're one of those people that just loves to bit down on an over-sized hunk of good, tender meat - every bit the carnivore. Here, we narrow the search and show our top picks of some of the best meat restaurants in the country.

Gaucho Grill - Manchester
Gaucho are a collection of restaurants specializing in Argentine food, wine and culture. Sourcing the freshest meats from Argentina with the choice of cuts brought right to your table. Famous for their succulent steaks - along with a diverse list of stunning wines such as Finca Domingo 2011 Cafayate, Salta £34.50, Zuccardi ‘Serie A’ 2009 Santa Rosa, Mendoza £37.95 and Santa Faustina 2008 Uco Valley, Mendoza £43.75 to create a taste of this diverse country and culture. image from

Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa restaurant and butchery –London
Barbecoa set in a stunning location over-looking St.Paul’s Cathedral. Jamie has teamed up with barbecue expert Adam Perry Lang to create a menu of celebration between fire and food. Feast on dry-aged rump steak, pit beef with smoked beans or pulled pork shoulder from the Texas pit smoker, with a glass of Vallone Salice Salentino 2006, Puglia £17.50 or Nicolas Rossignol Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2009, Burgundy £30

The Cowshed - Bristol
Situated on trendy Whiteladies Road, the Cowshed is a stylish bar and grill famous for their well sourced ingredients and local suppliers. They have a chef’s table which they boast is a must for meat lovers, right where the action is. From the buzz of the kitchen to the raw meat hanging in the fridges. Wine-wise, choose from a Cab Sauv Tempranillo, El Tidon, Crianza 2010 £16.95 or a Bordeaux Blanc Chevalier d’Or, France 2010 £21.50 image from

The Meat and Wine Co – Westfield, London
This is the first of the chain to open in the UK and sets trends in design and décor within the steakhouse market, reflecting it’s African heritage. They describe their steak as a cut above, with a menu including Chateaubriand, Kangaroo and Springbok. From the wine list, selections include Footprint Chenin Blanc Semillion, South Africa Wines 2011 £19 and Rose, Man Vintners 2010, South Africa £23.

Byron Hamburgers – Oxford
Sticking to the simple ethos of sourcing good Scottish beef from small farms, making burgers fresh and cooking them medium, plus using proper buns, Byron have created a menu of classic burgers made the traditional way. Beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and mayo. Simple and successful. The wines are categorized as good, better, great and best. Go for a good Catarratto, Savello, Sicily £14.50 or a best Shiraz, Witt’s End, South East Australia £22.50