Willock Park English longhorns

The oldest breed of British beef cattle are celebrated for their depth of flavour.

WHO In Meningie, South Australia, meat maestro Richard Gunner and his wife, Elizabeth, have overseen the development of Australia's first English longhorn cattle herd, with 33 pedigree cows and bulls kept as stud animals. A further herd of 150-odd longhorns cross-bred with South Devon or Angus is raised for beef, sold through the Gunner family's Feast! Fine Foods butcher shops.

WHY Four years ago, Adelaide's Jock Zonfrillo, owner-chef of Orana and Street ADL, encouraged Gunner to start breeding longhorns, the oldest breed of British beef cattle, for their great depth of flavour. It hasn't been an easy project, Gunner says, because these big, bullock-sized beasts take at least 30 months to reach an average carcass weight of 450kg.

HOW To maximise the return on these rare beasts, Gunner commissioned British-born chef Phil Whitmarsh (whose nose-to-tail menu was celebrated when he cooked at The Daniel O'Connell Hotel) to use every last bit of the few longhorns butchered so far. So, in addition to the standard cuts, Gunner is selling branded longhorn beef fat, stocks, as well as pies and sausages made from beef trim.

WHERE A few Adelaide restaurants (Orana, Street ADL, Africola and Magill Estate) get most of the meat, but some cuts are available through Gunner's Feast! Fine Foods butcher shops, in addition to the longhorn stock, flavoured tallow, sausages and pies.

Feast! Fine Foods, (08) 8188 4666


Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
France leads on food sustainability, Australia lags
08.12.2017
Artisanal Korean ingredients at Table 181
30.10.2017
Adelaide's Ferment the Festival
25.10.2017
The Producers: Fawk Foods
26.09.2017
Meet Your Maker: Tanto, QT Melbourne
14.09.2017
Sydney is part of Airbnb's Flavours of Home
11.09.2017
The Gourmet Traveller podcast

Each fortnight we round up the most interesting characters from the food world for your listening pleasure. We chat to chefs, cooks, authors, bar tenders and baristas - anyone who has something new and interesting to say about the way we like to eat and drink.

Listen
Recipe collections

Looking for fresh dinner ideas? Not sure how to make the most out of seasonal produce? Or do you need to plan the perfect party menu? Our recipe collections have you covered.

See more

You might also like...

Hot 100 2015 - Food

The world is getting hotter and we’re not talking about glob...

Women in Hospitality

A new organisation is empowering women working in the hospit...

The producers: Two Rivers Green Tea

A leading local tea exporter now offers his leaves to the do...

The producers: Colony honey

A selection of regional monofloral honeys sourced direct fro...

Liquid gold

We find ourselves inexorably drawn to salt caramel in a jar....

The producers: Atssu Divers

Hand-dived abalone, turban shell and sea urchin.

Making a scene

Entertainer Julia Zemiro notes there’s little difference bet...

Deutscher’s Turkey Farm

When it comes to talking turkey, the best birds have lived t...

Sandor Ellix Katz Q&A

Food fermentation 'revivalist' and guru Sandor Ellix Katz di...

The producers: Alexandrina Jersey milk

Meet the producers of the creme de la creme of Australian fu...

Gamze smokehouse

Bringing local flavour to artisan-made bacon.

Gourmet Traveller Gourmet Fast app

Now, here's a mighty handful: GT's Gourmet Fast recipes are ...

Food emoji we wish existed

What? More than 200 new pictograms in the latest Emoji set, ...

What is jumbuck?

The jumbuck has leapt straight from the pages of Banjo Pater...

Inside Out almond milk

Thicker, creamier milk, with a more pronounced almond flavou...