Wondering where are the Halal Supermarkets in London? Read on!
It can be daunting trying to search for "Halal supermarkets near me" or finding out if the supermarket you went to is truly Halal. Find out what you need to know about the best Halal supermarkets here so you can shop without any worries!
Most major supermarkets have a strict animal welfare policy when it comes to meat suppliers and some of this meat may come from Halal-certified suppliers.
However, generic supermarket stores like Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons, and many others currently do not impose any Halal guidelines on their suppliers. Hence, not all stores carry Halal meat (unless labeled otherwise). The selected list of stores that do have Halal meat will be addressed later in this article.
A selected number of supermarkets in London have dedicated Halal counters. The Halal food sector in London is regulated by two major authority bodies: the Halal Food Authority and the Halal Monitoring Committee.
You will find a comprehensive list of major supermarkets that sell Halal meat below:
Tesco UK Supermarkets takes Halal meat seriously with a dedicated column on their slaughter practices on their website here.
Tesco carries a large range of Halal meat and goods that are from popular Halal brands like Tahira and Najma or independent Halal-certified suppliers like The Fresh Halal Company.
Location: 16 outlets in London (Beckton, Bow, Brent Park, Hackney, Harrow, Lewisham, Leyton, Leytonstone, Ponders End, Romford, Southall, Surrey Quays, Streatham, Thornton Heath, Upper Edmonton, Woolwich)
Sainsbury's sells branded Halal meat (Tariq Halal) and goods. For their own brand of meat, all animals are stunned before slaughtered and some do come from Halal-certified suppliers. However, these meats are not labeled Halal as it is not part of Sainsbury's policy.
Location: 22 stores in London (Wandsworth (2), Kensington & Chelsea (2), Barnet (2), Lambeth (2), Brent (2), Camden Town, Hackney, Enfield, Wembley, Hillingdon, Ilford, Merton, Ealing, East Ham, Walthamstow, Poplar, Croydon)
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One of Britain's leading retailers, Asda has Halal counters in selected stores. They have had a long-term partnership with Haji Baba, a renowned Halal meat supplier, for over 40 years to supply over 40 different cuts of high-quality meat.
Location: 10 stores in London (Colindale, Southwark, East Ham, Wembley, Enfield, Ealing, Walthamstow, Greenwich, Wandsworth, Southgate)
Before supermarkets in London began selling their own Halal meat, every Muslim's go-to location for the freshest meat cuts was the local Halal butcher stores in their neighborhood.
There are over 100 Halal butcher and grocery stores in London so the chances of having a Halal store near you are pretty high. Here are some of the top-rated butcher shops that are local favorites:
Operating for over 29 years, this family-owned business has loyal customers coming back for their great customer service and wide range of fresh meats. They are meticulous about cleanliness, using different knives for different cuts, and are able to customize their orders.
They have four locations in East London. If you prefer shopping for Halal groceries online in the UK, you can also check out their website for some discounts and same-day delivery.
Location: 328 High St N, London E12 6PH, United Kingdom
9 am - 8 pm daily except Sunday
9 am - 7 pm (Sunday)
Image Credit: Winta Halal Meat Shop on Google Maps
Located in the heart of London, this butcher shop has rave reviews as one of the best places for high-quality meats at affordable prices. If you are looking for an extensive selection of Middle-Eastern products, you will find it here at Winta Halal Meat Shop.
Location: 180 Wandsworth Rd, London SW8 2LA, United Kingdom
9 am - 7 pm daily except Sunday
9 am - 6:30 pm (Sunday)
There are Halal supermarkets outside of London that are popular among locals and tourists alike:
Al Halal Supermarket is part of Worldwide Foods, a family-owned grocery chain located around the UK. They are a Halal supermarket as per their website and you will find a Halal certificate visible in their physical stores (they have 10 of them!).
All their meats are labeled Halal as well as there is no alcohol sold on their premises. Most of their imported fresh produce and goods are from countries with credible Halal regulations like Pakistan so you can be well assured of a totally Halal shopping experience.
Location: 360 Coventry Rd, Small Heath, Birmingham B10 0XE, United Kingdom, also available in other areas in the UK.
9 am - 9 pm daily except Sunday
12 pm - 6:00 pm (Sunday)
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A 2-hour drive from London, Green Halal Supermarket is located in Birmingham and is one of the most popular Halal supermarkets in the UK. Walk in and you will be amazed at how spacious and organized this place is. They carry a wide variety of imported Halal goods and meat as well as fresh produce.
There is free parking available here.
Location: 325 Washwood Heath Rd, Saltley, Birmingham B8 2XJ, United Kingdom
8:30 am - 8:30 pm daily except Sunday
11 am - 5:00 pm (Sunday)
There will be a Halal symbol stamped on the supermarket meat packaging. This Halal symbol can only be issued by approved foreign Halal Certification bodies to ensure the food adheres to the regulations. Halal meat comes from animals slaughtered in a humane manner that is according to the Quran.
Were you surprised by the number of Halal supermarkets available in London and all across the UK? I truly was and am fascinated by the diverse range of Halal items I can find in these stores. You may even find some specialized Muslim-friendly snacks that can only be found in these supermarkets!
Drop by one of these stores and let me know about your shopping experience! Do you have a favorite store to shop for all things Halal? Or maybe some local tips about shopping in London? We will love to hear from you!