What is Wagyu?

Wagyu is a Japanese breed of Cattle where the ‘Wa’ means Japanese and ‘Gyu’ means cow.

Wagyu originated from Japan, and until the late 1970's was considered a national treasure, being banned from exporting by the Japanese government. Once lifted it grew in popularity, with the first Wagyu bloodlines entering America in 1970's and Australia in the 1990's. The breed is now readily available all over the world.

In Japan there are a number of Wagyu bloodlines, with the most favoured being Tajima for producing the best quality beef. ‘Kobe’ beef is a famous type of Wagyu, this is from the ‘Kobe’ prefecture and uses the Tajima bloodline.

Fullblood Wagyu is produced when the parents are 100% Wagyu. Most Wagyu cattle around the world are produced as a cross. In Japan the most favoured first cross breed is with a dairy animal, this is known as an 'F1 Wagyu' where it is 50% or more Wagyu content. F1 Wagyu can be produced by crossing with any non-Wagyu breed. At Warrendale Wagyu we predominantly produce an F1 Wagyu with a Holstein cow using our Fullblood Bull Wagyu genetics .

Environment and animal welfare

We produce our Wagyu beef from a dairy cow which means it has a lower environmental footprint than traditional beef. Calves from dairy cows have sometimes been viewed as a ‘by-product’, with the focus on milk production. However, we work with our dairy farmers to give a purpose for these Wagyu cross calves and ensure they are reared and cared for through our system.

Our cattle are slow growing on grass for around 2 years, usually in areas of the UK that can’t grow other crops effectively. Therefore, this grass is removing carbon from the atmosphere for our cattle to then graze and convert into great beef. We then finish the cattle on a grain and forage mixed diet. Our farmer partners use grains and crops that are available to them, usually grown on their own farms or sourced locally. We don’t use any soya in our cattle diets.

We process our animals at an industry leading facility that takes animal welfare as a priority. Our meat is chilled down and aged to ensure that it will always deliver the best eating experience.

Where to buy

If you are looking to purchase or even just try Warrendale Wagyu British Beef so far, we supply the below restaurants and butchers in the United Kingdom and this is ever expanding.


Fine Food Specialist


Tomahawk London

Tomahawk Steakhouse
Hoxton, London


Hidden River Café

Brackenhill, Longtown, Carlisle CA6 5TU

East Yorkshire

SOLITA Hull Marina

Solita, Hull

SOLITA Beverley

Solita, Beverley

Tickton Grange

Main St, Beverley HU17 9SH

Tomahawk Beverley

Tomhawk Steakhouse, Beverley

Westwood Restaurant

New Walk, Beverley HU17 7AE


Solita NQ by Shoot the Bull

Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DW

Solita Didsbury by Shoot the Bull

School Lane, Didsbury M20 6RD

The Ivy Asia

The Pavilion, Byrom St, Manchester M3 3HG

Tomahawk Stockton Heath

Tomahawk Steakhouse, Stockton Heath


Tomahawk Aklam

Tomahawk Steakhouse
Acklam Hall

Tomahawk Steak House

Newcastle, 95 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DH

Tomahawk Ponteland

A696, Higham Dykes NE20 0DH

North Lincolnshire

Wintringham Fields

1 Silver St, Winteringham, Scunthorpe DN15 9ND

North Yorkshire

Tomahawk Steak Houses, Potto

Potto, Cooper Ln, Potto, Yarm DL6 3HQ

Tomahawk Steak Houses, Yarm

Yarm, 32-34 High St, Yarm TS15 9AH

Provenance Inns

The Punch Bowl, The Oak Tree, The Black Bull, The Cleavland Tontine, The Carpenters Arms, The Crown and Cushion, West Park Hotel

Tomahawk Steak Houses, Darlington

UNIT 6, Feethams, Darlington DL1 5RD


Solita, York

SOLITA Foodhall Harrogate

Solita Foodhall

Tomahawk York

Tomahawk Steakhouse, York

West Yorkshire

SOLITA Sheffield

Solita Sheffield