Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2016: Butcher of the Year
PUBLISHED: 08:53 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:44 27 July 2016
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The Cotswolds is home to numerous local butchers who contribute an enormous amount to the local food scene. Their knowledge of the trade and the pride they take in their work make them a pride to the community
The Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards are one of the biggest events in the local calendar and it is hugely anticipated by the region’s food and drink industry all year round.
We champion the best local producers, suppliers and businesses that are passionate about the Cotswold countryside and the future of our local environment.
Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the ‘Butcher of the Year’ Award.
This year’s finalists
J. Broomhall, Eastington
J. Broomhall Butchers are a Gloucestershire based abattoir and butcher’s that have existed for over a century with four generations worth of experience in the trade. They are a family owned and managed abattoir with three retail outlets supplying only the finest locally sourced red meats, poultry and game.
Judges praised J. Broomhall for the exceptional reputation it has built over the years, providing a service for over 100 farmers, some travelling from as far afield as Shropshire because of the exceptionally good service and friendly nature of the staff. All the meat, apart from the chicken, comes directly from their abattoir so is slaughtered, prepared and sold on-site.
Jesse Smith Butcher, Cirencester & Tetbury
Jesse Smith Butchers is a family owned company based in the town of Cirencester. The Head Office and state-of-the-art wholesale preparation facility is situated locally and they have a string of Butcher’s Shops to be found all around the Cotswold’s.
Jesse Smith impressed judges with the amount of produce available to purchase – as well as vast range of local meat there was also an impressive selection of pies, cheeses, Cotswold honey and Auntie Caroline’s pickles. The staff were described as friendly and knowledgeable and were happy to offer advice to customers, young and old alike.
And the winner of ‘Butcher of the Year’ is…
Andy Creese Butchers, Newent
Andy Creese Butchers are a traditional family butcher’s shop that sells a wide range of products, the majority of which are sourced locally. Customers will always find a tantalizing array of fresh meats, sausages, burgers, bacon and cheeses on display. Many of their products are made on the premises, and there is usually a seasonal selection of game available.
They often stock speciality products such as wild boar, and they offer a private processing service to farmers who wish to have their own stock butchered. They also provide a reliable service to several local restaurants, nursing homes, schools and pubs.
Andy Creese Butchers was described by judges as being an essential part of Newent’s community with the nine-strong team in the shop all very knowledgeable and each having their specialist field. It was evident to judges that ethics are high on the list of priorities, and both provenance and humane treatment of livestock are strong considerations when sourcing producers.
The Butcher of the Year Award is sponsored by NFU Mutual
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