If I went to the butchers and asked to buy some beef fat on its own would it be cheap/of a decent quality(I live in uk)/a good source of calories and vitamins etc? And would they actually sell it alone?
I think beef fat is what's missing frmo my diet but getting it from steak alone is expensive and possibly not the best way
Go and ask the butcher! But, you'll have to figure out what the beef are eating. I asked about getting lamb trimmings from them, Whole Foods even, and I got the fat for $1 a pound, so not bad at all. I went for the lamb since it was grass fed, but then you'll have a stronger flavored fat to deal with.
Eat some organ meats (heart, liver, kidney) for the vitamins, but the fat has got good stuff in it too.
You want to ask for suet, which you should absolutely be able to get in the UK. Render it into tallow (beef fat) the same way you would lard (from pork back fat or leaf lard)--that is, cut into small chunks and cooked over very low heat in a big pot. (Look up directions via Google for rendering lard. It's super easy.)
Why not call around and ask the butchers in your area? Ask them if they can supply grass fed meat or fat. There are lots of fatty cuts of meat other than steak that are reasonably priced. The cuts may be different in the UK than in the US though, so I won't advise you on which; just ask the butcher which cuts are fattier. You're in Wales, so you should also be able to get great fatty cuts of lamb and mutton.
Added: Here are some grass fed beef and other animal producers in the UK. Two are in Wales. http://www.seedsofhealth.co.uk/resources/meat/index.shtml You can find more by googling grass fed beef wales
Added: This thread http://community.myprotein.com/diet-nutrition/29197-grass-fed-meat-sainsburys-tescos-other-supermarkets.html indicates that grass fed (and finished) beef may be the norm in the UK unlike the US.
Do a search for not local Butcher shops, not many of them around any more but for butcher/slaughter houses which get to keep some of the animal they butcher and package for thew local farmer to sell, as part of the fee, some sell from a store front.