Black pudding is an acquired taste for some but for many, it’s become a regular feature of breakfasts and even salads.
Fidel’s Cafe in Cuba St, Wellington, for instance, offers black pudding as the central feature in one of its menu dishes and it’s become a nice sideline for many gourmet butchers who make speciality products.
We’ve sorted out 5 top places to buy black pudding.
7 places to buy top choice black pudding
128D Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland
This butcher is game to do things differently – specialising in organic beef and gluten-free products such as their award-winning organic sausages. They collected a prized Silver Medal for their black puddings at the 2016 Devro Best Sausage Competition.
131 Westend Rd, Westmere, Auckland
This award-winning butchery makes excellent black puddings and caters for the ex-pat Brits market with weekly batches of pork pies, haggis, Cornish pasties and Scotch pies.
Papamoa Plaza, Papamoa, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
The award-winning butcher includes black pudding on his list of niche products aimed at the British market. He also makes Cornish pasties, faggots and Scotch eggs.
67 Main St, Greytown
Took a prized Gold Medal at the 2015 Devro Best Sausage competition for their black pudding. A European-style gourmet butcher, they also specialise in game meat and organic products.
Eastbourne Village Meats
7 Rimu St, Eastbourne
Eastbourne’s Barry Spooner has been entering annual sausage competitions since 2014, and he’s taken Bronze and Silver Medals for his black pudding, as well as Gold for his beef snarlers. The butchery’s smallgoods are also in demand with Wellington cafes to whom they provide a wholesale service.
Fraser Park Butchery / Burger’s Butchery
305 Church Street, Timaru
Butcher Mark McDonald has been carving since the early 1980s and is a stickler for using the best ingredients and says his hand-made small goods are better than other processed meats because he won’t use emulsifiers. The Timaru butchery was awarded a Bronze Medal for their black pudding at the 2015 national best sausage awards.
70 Edgeware Rd, St Albans, Christchurch
A multiple award-winner at annual sausage and bacon awards, this butchery has a shop at Edgware and sells online. Their black puddings landed a Silver Medal at the 2015 Devro Best Sausage awards, and they have a large range of deli goods too.
For those with a taste for black pudding’s gourmet cousin, you can buy award-winning white puddings at Peter Timbs Meats, Christchurch, or at the Waikanae Butchery on Wellington’s Kapiti Coast (they received a Gold Medal for it in 2016).