Eblex reveals Best Steak competition results
Published:  24 April, 2015

The winners of ‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak’, ‘England’s Best Innovative Steak’ and ‘England’s Best Steak Pie’ have been revealed at Eblex’s Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards at Underglobe in London.

Owen Taylor & Sons, from Derbyshire, picked up the Best Sirloin Steak award, Aubrey Allen of Warwickshire won the Best Innovative Steak title, and Dunkleys for Whitbread, which makes pies in Northamptonshire, was crowned the overall winner of England’s Best Steak Pie competition.

As well as overall winner, there were category awards within the competitions for multiple retailers and their suppliers, independent retail butchers and farm shops, and catering butchers and manufacturers supplying the foodservice industry.

Mike Whittemore, head of trade marketing for Eblex, said: “We’re thrilled with how successful the Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards has been. We introduced the awards to stimulate product development, as well as to recognise and reward quality, innovation and excellence in beef and lamb production and we have seen some really fantastic products throughout the judging process.

“Competitions like this really help to drive quality and innovation throughout the beef and lamb industry, and it has been great to see just how many quality products are coming through. What was particularly encouraging was to see the number of added-value cuts in the Innovative Steak competition.”

The awards took place in the dramatic surroundings of the Underglobe, a venue situated directly underneath Shakespeare’s Globe theatre on London’s South Bank. Attendees were treated to a three-course meal and Shakespearian displays of acting between dishes.

The finalists and winners were:

England’s Best Sirloin Steak 2015

Overall Winner – Owen Taylor & Sons with Larder Trim Sirloin Steak

Independent Butcher Category
Category Winner – Owen Taylor & Sons with Larder Trim Sirloin Steak
Highly Commended – Barlows with Sirloin Steak
Highly Commended – Breeding Vision with Wagyu X Sirloin

Multiple Retailer Category
Category Winner – Musgrave Retail Partners GB with Budgens ‘Discover the Taste’ Sirloin Steak
Highly Commended – Buitelaar Production (UK) with Buitelaar Select Sirloin
Highly Commended - Linden Foods with Chef’s Larder Premium Extra Mature Sirloin

Foodservice Category
Category Winner – Mitchells & Butlers with Miller and Carter 12oz Sirloin Steak
Highly Commended – Walter Rose & Son with Sirloin Steak
Highly Commended – Solent Butchers with Southern Pride Sirloin Steak

England’s Best Innovative Steak 2015

Overall Winner – Aubrey Allen with 1 Bone Sirloin Noisette

Innovative Butcher Category
Category Winner – Aubrey Allen with 1 Bone Sirloin Noisette
Highly Commended – Althams Butchers with Lamb Neck Fillet Steak
Highly Commended – Wm Morrison Supermarkets with British Beef Denver Steak

Added Value Steak Category
Category Winner – Owen Taylor & Sons with Denver Fire Steak
Highly Commended – Aubrey Allen with Sirloin Pavé with Café de Paris
Highly Commended – Penshaw Farm Butchers with Spicy Sirloin Sizzler

England’s Best Steak Pie 2015

Overall Winner – Dunkleys for Whitbread with Beef and Merlot Pie

Retail Category
Category Winner - M Newitt & Sons with Traditional Steak Pie
Highly Commended - Measures Butchers with Beef & Bombardier Pie
Highly Commended – Drewtons with Steak and Caramelised Onion Pie

Foodservice Category
Category Winner – Dunkleys for Whitbread with Beef and Merlot Pie
Highly Commended – Owen Taylor & Sons with 12” Steak & Stilton Pie
Highly Commended – Proper Pies with Stout & Black Treacle Marinated Beef Brisket & Guinness Cottage Pie