Sausage success for Ludlow

The Ludlow Food Centre's homemade Cumberland sausages have been voted the tastiest breakfast sausage in Shropshire, in a regional competition run by Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF).

Prepared to a secret recipe by head butcher John Brereton, the sausages are made in the store's own butchery every day using finest, free range, Gloucester Old Spot pork from Felton Farm, located just half a mile away on the nearby Earl of Plymouth Estate.

A panel of sausage lovers, including local chefs and industry experts, tasted entries from producers and butchers shops all across the county before unanimously selecting the Food Centre's bangers as their top favourite. John's Pork and Perry Pear Pickle variety, which won Best Sausage in the 2007 Ludlow Food Festival, was also named runner up in the hotly contested Speciality category.

John said: "This is the first time we've entered the HEFF competition and to have both our entries rated so highly is fantastic. We produce all our sausages using local ingredients and sell hundreds every week. Our customers think they're great so we'll have to wait and see what the judges say at next week's grand final."

The West Midlands Tastiest Sausage competition is organised by HEFF in recognition of Farmhouse Breakfast Week, a national campaign run by the Home Grown Cereals Authority to highlight the variety and taste of British breakfast products.

The winners from the five regional sizzle-offs will go on to compete in the grand final, to be held at the AGA Shop, Mailbox on Thursday 24th January.