G.McBean Family Butcher

An opulent showcase of quality produce, G.McBean Family Butcher celebrates the traditional art of butchery, passed down over four generations. The family business – a mainstay of the Prahran Markets for nearly 40 years – now occupies a landmark corner tenancy of the markets, with sweeping butchery and delicatessen counters compelling shoppers to discover G.McBean’s premium selection of free range, grass-fed, dry-aged and organic meats.

The stately interior reflects the family’s enduring and masterful knowledge of the trade, with traditional hand-glazed tiling, filled travertine, brass cladding and trims crafting a tailored and timeless feel. High vaulted ceilings establish a nostalgic, architectural quality, complemented by honed concrete floors and green marble inlays, carefully detailed with inset brass lettering.

Views to the raw production area frame the team’s skilled butchery as a performative and educational gesture, foregrounded by refrigerated, whole-carcass meat displays, bespoke butchers blocks and traditional equipment, custom finished in oxblood red. Designed by PleasePleasePlease, a hand stitched parchment pendant called ‘The Snag Light’ glows delicately overhead, its elongated form playfully referencing a string of chipolata sausages.

Photography by Sharyn Cairns.

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