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Quality meat shop with friendly and knowledgable staff. A great place to pick up your family needs. I was most impressed with the selection of fresh beef. The steaks that we received were very tender and full of flavour.
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Hovey's is the best butcher shop for sure.
The meat (oh and especially the turkeys) is the BEST. Unbeatable quality. I also love the service ... very personal ...
Recommend this store as often as I can.
I have been shopping at Hovey's for the last 5years and meat and service is always excellent!!Thanks
Excellent people selling a premium product for a fair price. If you are looking for quality meats in the Barrie area, I expect you'll find what you want at Hovey's - just look for the cow on the roof. And don't forget to ask Helen how they got it back after it was stolen by some local teenagers!
After 40 years of thinking I have had the BEST steak of my life, I was wrong. AFter having experienced a steak from Hoveys, I'll NEVER buy one anywhere else! Bunny and Derek Doolan
I,ve been known for cooking some awesome steaks and i've searched high and low for the perfect steak and since moving to the town of Barrie its been a great joy to discover Hoveys for his steaks and for any meat requirement you may have. I'm coming to see you soon.
Not only the steaks, but also the whole chickens are excellent. This is combined with friendly, personable service. How do they do it?
Hovey's Gourmet Meats is a wonderful butcher store. The service is friendly and the staff knowledgeable and willing to accomodate specialtastes and individual preferences in cuts and size. Their meat is wonderful - fresh, flavourful and custom cut.
The perfect cuts, superb quality - excellent value - and the BEST service - the owners make you feel like a guest in their home. If you need it - they have it, or they'll get it.
Highly recommended! We won't purchase meat anywhere else.
Try they're homemade double baked potatoes - they're to die for.
My family and I love Hovey's for the top grade quality of products there, as well as the amazing staff who are super friendly and knowledgeable!!!
Worse meat store by far! Meat is out dated and tough. Unless you want a stomach ache, dont go.
Establishment's Comments on this review:
Obviously, this comment was issued by a jelious competitor who stalks the store on a regular basis tries to imitate however,has never entered. We welcome him!
Love the Pork Explosions and I've recently introduced a friend to them...he loves them too!
What a great staff they have and the meats are just amazing!!! We went and bought a package of back ribs....simply the best ever. Our dogs love the chicken legs that we get from Hovey's too. Simply can't buy our ribs anywhere else. Can't wait to try their Ontario Lamb and some of their steaks as well )
SIMPLY THE BEST!!!!!!!!!
Our Thanksgiving turkey was so perfect!
Service with a smile always!
Will be back real soon.
I do enjoy shopping at Hoveys and enjoy their products and service - and as I've read in the comments, so do many others. But it is said 'you can't please everyone' and I must say, I am a little disturbed by Hovey's poor acceptance of some of the criticism that they have received. I too work in customer service and while I've never subscribed to
Great place to shop awsome food great service !! Will always return
the best anywhere, no lies...lol. Will never buy meats at the local grocery store again!!!!
We have used Hovey's several times for entertaining groups of people and we have never been disappointed with their friendly & couritious service. Their Hot Roast Beef and Hot Roast Pork trays are always a big hit.
No matter what we order, it is always exceptional.
They take the worry out of 'entertaining '.
Thank you so much.
Great meat and awesome owners. Truly a great environment to shop in. Love their meat.
We moved to Barrie nine years ago. Its difficult to find a good butcher shop. However I discovered Hovey's after reading about their signature Bull being taken. I visited the store and found the quality of meat and price to be unmatched in Barrie, specifically the exceptional price of their Beef Tenderloin for which we purchase frequently. Price is one thing that attracts patrons however customer service and industry knowledge is what keeps patrons returning. We moved from a small town and were use to merchants greeting you on a more personal level. This is the unique quality of Hovey's, that personal touch and friendliness.
This is one of the greatestplaces to shop for quality meat. The staff is very friendly and ensures that whatever you need as far as meat, they will look after you. They make an excellent blend for tortieres, is so nice to see that you can have a country market in the city.
As a vegetarian, I would not normally shop at a meat specialty shops but Hovey's Gourmet Meats offered a delicious MOCK chicken deli "meat." I was told, on numerous occasions, that it was FAKE VEGETARIAN meat. I talked with the owner personally and he assured me that it was 100% vegetarian. Recently, I went into Hovey's and I was told that they discontinued the MOCK chicken because it contained real chicken. I've been vegetarian for 10 years but for two of these years, I ate this meat on a regular basis. I am appalled and disgusted as being vegetarian is extremely important to me.
You can not trust HOVEY'S GOURMET MEAT. I told the owner that I was vegetarian but he still lied to my face. If you have an allergy, be careful because they do not honestly disclose the ingredients. BEWARE!
We have been very happy Hovey's
We have been buying our Meats at Hovey's since the open on St. Vincent Street and have not bought meat in a grocery store since. Great quality and great prices. We cooked an amazing Prime Rib Roast for New Years and everyone loved it!
Hovey's meat is THE best in town!!! You can not compare their cut's, tenderness and flavour! I highly recomend the bacon wrapped chicken skewers!! Buy more than you think you can eat because they are excellent, best cooked on the bbq, and they do shrink in size as meat does! Another faveorite is the apple and cranberry stuffed pork roast!! Very, VERY tastey!!!!
I agree with all the fine reviews of this great store. The only problem that I have is with the prices of the meats. As our country goes deeper into this recession the last thing the consumer needs is higher prices. Example. the price of pork back ribs. Three years ago Hovey's had the best price for ribs in town. 2.99/lb. and they were the best ribs in town. Obviously, costs have increased since then. But, now the price is 5.22/lb. The last time I checked inflation hadn't increased that much. This is the typical screw the consumer attitude that puts stores out of business. I have recommended Hovey's Gourmet Meats to so many people and they all agree the prices have become to high. If you want to keep your customers coming back, your going to have to lower your prices. You can't keep blameing gas prices for the costs of your product.
Establishment's Comments on this review:
We do not normally comment on negitive reviews from people who don't know what their talking about however, this one hits a cord as we have strong Canadian roots and resent this forum being used for name calling purposes. So, Mr. know everything about this "recession" I think you should know this business dates back to 1897 we have not endured the years by "screwing the customer attitude" as you so eloquently put it. Michael is a great philanthropist and supports this community in many ways. The price of ribs in this store has stayed the same for four years and have just moved slighty because our price has gone up that's business as it is everywhere! Do you shop at one of the big American stores? because that's what's really causing the current economic crisis in this country! If I was you I would take all the time you so obviously have and use it in a more constructive way rather than trying to hurt hard working small Canadian businesses!!!!!
First, I would like to thank all the wonderful comments and reviews addressed to Hovey's Gourmets Meats, it is a pleasure and delight to serve our loyal customer's over two thousand hits on this site and only a couple of negitive reviews that's dynamic in the world of business.
I would however like to take this opportunity to address these somewhat hostile complaints. I have no idea why a vegetarian is shopping in a meat store this is very peculiar, to call someone a
I have been a longtime standing customer of Hovey's, there is NO OTHER place I have shopped that has the customer service, quality and outstanding pricing as Hovey's.
I also love the idea of supporting Canadian business.
I have been a longtime standing customer of Hovey's, there is no other place I have shopped that has the customer service, quality and outstanding pricing as Hovey's.
I also love the idea of supporting Canadian business.
Hovey's Gourmet Meat is a perfect example of top quality in business.
The integrity of meat is very important to us and the meat at Hovey's has integrity. In a word, they have the best cuts of meat available!
The store is run by very friendly and knowledgeable staff, who care about selling only the best quality meat.
When you compare their standards to the pricing it doesn't get any better.
We wouldn't shop anywhere else!!!
Hovey's is, without a doubt, the best place in Barrie to buy meat. I cannot buy meat from the grocery store anymore. The chicken breasts are amazing on the barbecue with just a little seasoning and the specially prepared meats are great. I especially love the chicken breasts stuffed with cranberries and goat cheese. The butchers there are also very accommodating when it comes to special orders. The turkey that come with the dark meat stuffed inside is a show-stopper.
Hovey's is an excellent place to buy meats. The chicken and chicken pieces are very good. Always tender and tasty. My daughter just loves the stuffed baked potatoes which make it easy when I want to put dinner together in a hurry.
Thanks for excellent products and service.
simply a great place to shop for fine meat. mike is an honest host.
Best meat in town!!!
AWESOME HOVEY BURGERS!!!!!
I have traveled throughout North America using Hovey's meats in competition and at home it is our number one choice for all meats. It is consistently good. Fairly priced and the staff are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend them.
Growing up Italian, and having lamb regularly Hovey's sold my wife (the non cook) the most delious leg of Ontario lamb I had since leaving the city over 20yrs ago. Great success! Frank
We went to Hovey's to plan our parents 50th wedding annversary. Jason helped us from the first phone call to picking up the product.
We ordered 10 pounds of Prime Rib, 10 pounds of Porkette--a custom order--and 50 pc of breakfast sausage. We were cooking both roasts on the BBQ and we were concerned about it being tied, and cooking for that long.
Jason, made sure everything was taken care of, and the product was so amazing and so delicious. Quality service and Quality priduct is a tough act to do day in and day out. You can trust Hovey to have both. 10 stars **********
The young guys in the store are very professional offering great service and explanation of the many great items available. Thanks!
A fine establisment in Barrie for all you meat needs.
Bad customer service, not friendly at all, even the owners are treat you badly..
This was the best place to buy meat in Barrie. Sadly they closed their door last week and I am looking to find a new butcher that can be at least 1/2 as good as Mike and his staff.
This was the best butcher shop around! My husband and I shocked that they closed. We will never find another shop that had the quality and service Mike and his staff provided.
Soo sad to hear about Hovey's closing down. They were the best butcher shop In Barrie for a reason! Mike and son Kyle Did a fantastic job running this place. I am very sad now that the butcher shop has closed but will always cherish the good times that came out of there.
Mike, I am very sorry to hear you've closed. You worked very hard I wish it would have worked out for you. Best of luck in your future endeavors.
Sorry to hear that the family business is now closed Mike. You were a very popular spot for fresh ingredients especially your meats. Your place reminded me of our times back home in Lennoxville when we were younger hanging out just enjoying our time with friends. All the best for 2012.
Hovey's will be sadly missed. I had no idea they had/were closing until I drove up to purchase some of their famous chicken eggs rolls and latkies for dinner that night and found the doors closed:-(
Hovey's was a wonderful family business that will be impossible to replace!
Howdy frome the family with the 8 boys!!!! So sad to see Hovey closed, but wishing you luck with your future endeavors!!!! Hope to see you around Barrie!!!
We still have vouchers for 65.00 ? that sucks that your closed...
we moved to Barrie recently and loved Hovey's - my husband went today and was sad to see that they had closed -