Finalists revealed in Butcher’s Shop of the Year

The first round of judging is complete, and the country’s leading butchery businesses are now facing off in preparation to be revealed as the best in their field in the 2013 Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

With record numbers of entries, the judging to pick out the shortlist of finalists across all the categories was intense, and judges will now be hitting the road to make the final decisions on the winners.

Ed Bedington, editor of Meat Trades Journal, which organises the awards, said: “This year’s judging has proved to be a real challenge, with the standard of entries extremely high. A lot of new businesses were coming into the awards and there are some amazing shops out there across the UK.

“It was also positive to see the number of new shops that have been opening across the country and entering our new category of New Butchery Business of the Year – that’s a very encouraging sign for the entire trade that people are willing to invest and come into the market.”

The Butcher’s Shop of the Year awards recognise excellence across the high street butchery sector. The competition covers butchers’ shops up and down the country, with the winner in each region going head-to-head to pick out the best shop in the UK. On top of this, there are also national awards for Farm Shop of the Year, Halal Butcher’s Shop of the Year, Butcher’s Plus, looking at larger operations, and the ever-popular Young Butcher of the Year.

This year saw the introduction of a new category for New Business of the Year, aimed at recognising a newly established butcher’s shop, set up within the past two years.

The event takes place on 14 November at Plaisterer’s Hall, London and is sponsored by Eblex, Bpex, Hybu Cig Cymru, Weddel Swift and Harmony Farm, the Meat Training Council, Quality Meat Scotland, Lucas Ingredients, Verstegen Spices & Sauces and Tican Chilled.

The finalists are:

Butcher’s Plus:   

  • Checketts Fine Foods, Ombersley
  • Haigs, Aberdeen
  • Mearns T McCaskie, Wemyss Bay

Farm Shop of the Year:   

  • Hopetoun Farm Shop, Newton
  • Knitsley Farm Shop, Knitsley
  • Roaming Roosters, Higham

Halal Butcher’s Shop of the Year:   

  • Mullaco, Batley
  • The Master Butcher of Kensington, Kensington

Innovation of the Year:   

  • Chadwick’s Butchers, Balham
  • Roaming Roosters, Higham
  • The Meat Merchant, Moria

Midlands & East of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year:   

  • Archer’s Butchers, Norwich
  • G Simpson Butchers, Sleaford
  • M & M Rutland Specialist Butchers, Melton Constable

New Butchery Business of the Year:    

  • Ruby & White Butchers, Bristol
  • Davidsons Butchers, Aberdeen
  • Bevan’s Butchers at Longacres, Bagshot

North of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year:   

  • Higginsons of Grange, Grange Over Sands
  • Riley’s Butchers, Rossendale
  • Turnbull’s of Alnwick, Alnwick

Northern Ireland Butcher’s Shop of the Year:   

  • K & G McAtamney Butchery & Deli, Ballymena
  • O’Doherty’s Fine Meats, Enniskillen
  • Stewarts Butcher & Delicatessen, Enniskillen

Scottish Butcher’s Shop of the Year:

  • Forbes Raeburn The Family Butcher, Huntly
  • S Collins & Son, Muirhead
  • Simon Howie – The Scottish Butcher, Perth

South of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year:   

  • Parson’s Nose, Fulham
  • Uptons of Bassett, Bassett
  • Walter Rose & Son, Devizes

Welsh Butcher’s Shop of the Year:   

  • Martin Player High Class Butchers, Cardiff
  • Rogers & Son, Carmarthen
  • T J Roberts & Son, Bala

Young Butcher of the Year:   

  • Andrew Peter, Davidsons Butchers, Aberdeen
  • Jack Archer, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge
  • Joshua Brown, Essington Fruit Farm and Farm Shop, Wolverhampton