Last week we opened our doors to the BBC's Countryfile.
What quite a lot of people don't know is that unlike many butchers we have our own co located abattoir that supplies our retail shops with locally sourced beef, lamb & pork.
By having a co-located abattoir allows us to keep a short controlled supply chain, complete tractability from farmer to butcher to you, work with local farmers and provide quality meat to our customers from farm to fork.
Nowadays there aren't many left, due to numerous reasons. With the number of small local abattoirs declining rapidly Countryfile decided to pay us a visit to ask John his thoughts on what's happening nationally due to the commercial pressures and what some people would consider over regulation.
Hopefully it to be an interesting watch! Sunday 25th February
BBC 1 6.30pm
Don't miss it!
Artisan butchers from across Britain were recognised in 18 categories, which ranged from Traditional Pork Sausages, Burgers, Pies & Bakery to Ready Meals and Gluten Free Products as well as Beef and Lamb products from Scotland, Wales and England. The awards were judged blind by an independent panel of food and meat industry experts at City of Glasgow College and were announced by BBC broadcaster and food expert Nigel Barden at the award ceremony on 7 February at Stationers Hall in London
Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2017. Out of over 12,300 products to be judged, we were awarded a 2-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed our Piri Piri Pork Sausage outstanding and described it as succulent and moreish
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.
We have never entered the Great Taste before, after getting fantastic feedback from our sausage we decided to enter the competition this year, and my oh my didn't we do well. We have to say a massive thank you and give recognition to Reece Clayton our apprentice & Adam Gray who's been with us for 27 years, our High Street shop manager (and pretty much part of the furniture) who made the sausages, and of course all our staff, customers and suppliers for their continued support.
Our High Peak Lamb Burger & Traditional Pork Sausage did it again!!
We have been made national champions at the 2017 Q Guild of Butchers annual BBQ Award for their outstanding speciality burgers.
The competition, which took place at Eastwood Hall in Nottinghamshire, saw us walk away with the prize for their High Peak Burger. We beat off a host of other butchers from across the country to take the prize at the awards dinner last night.
The judges, which included David Hughes from UK BBQ Magazine, said of the winning product:
“This was one of the hardest categories to judge but the High Peak Burger had the winning edge with its really good lamb flavour which shone through. The additional ingredients worked well not only making the burger look attractive but they married well with the lamb without detracting from the taste of the meat. ”
Winning butcher, John Mettrick, was delighted with the award:
“We are very proud of our High Peak Burger which really stands out on the counter due to its unusual triangular shape which was designed to replicate the shape of the peak. The meat is sourced from only five miles away from the shop, we butcher it all ourselves so we can ensure that only the very finest lamb is used in our burgers. To the burger we have added local Wimberries from the moors and Yorkshire fettle sheep’s cheese. We garnish the burger with some parsley and heather flowers and our customers love them!”
The BBQ Awards are held annually and are open to any of the 100 plus members of the Q Guild of Butchers throughout the UK. The seven regional heats, which took place in March, April and early May covering Scotland, Wales, South, North East, North West, East and Midlands, each delivered one winner for the national finals.
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