Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2018: Butcher of the Year
PUBLISHED: 09:10 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:10 03 July 2018
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, sponsored by 10 Yetis.
This year’s finalists
Jesse Smith Butcher, Cirencester
Despite its rather incongruous location for a store describing itself as a “farm shop”, judges were impressed with Jesse Smith on the Love Lane industrial estate and described it as an absolute gem. The butchery counter might occupy a relatively small space alongside the deli and café, but the quality of the meat and the knowledge of the staff is well up to the company’s usual high standard, as shoppers in Tetbury and Cirencester already know.
Todenham Manor Farm, Todenham
Judges mentioned that Todenham Manor Farm is an extremely impressive operation. Outdoor-reared pork and beef is raised to the highest ethical standards and the farm supplies some of the top restaurants in the region, as well as offering a brilliant selection of meat boxes for sale to the public through the online service. Judges praised it as a shining example of modern farming, the journey of produce from field to plate could hardly be any shorter.
And the winner is...
Waghornes Butchers, Prestbury
Waghornes in Prestbury is a classic village family butcher, but brought right up to date. Judges commented that it is a modern shop with traditional values and that the range of meat on offer – from wild rabbits to 28-day dry-aged beef – is exemplary. Furthermore the friendly staff even give you cooking tips to make the most of their
To find out more about our Cotswold Food and Drink Awards 2018 and our sponsors, visit foodawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk.