More gold awards

Andrew with some of the award winning products

We’ve managed to win a haul of gold awards in the national Q Guild’s 2009 Smithfield Awards, two for our traditional pork sausage one for stuffed pork loin and a Christmas special.

The Smithfield Awards, held in London, are among the most highly coveted in the meat industry and a true indication of excellence. More than 500 products from Q butchers throughout the UK were assessed by an independent panel of experts.

We then followed up with a further two gold awards at a British Pig Executive (BPEX) event in Harrogate – again with our traditional pork sausage, the second in the ‘Young Sausage Maker’ category, when Andrew Teal struck gold with his pork with honey and wholegrain mustard sausage.

Andrew, 24, from Barnoldswick, also received a BPEX silver award for the business’s dry-cured bacon.

Andrew first joined us on leaving school, before returningin September this year after honing his butchery experience and skills with a meat industry supplier in Colne. Andrew and fellow butcher Andrew Cawkwell produce the award-winning products all of which are on sale in the shop.