Butchers triumph over bakers

The butchers were celebrating a comprehensive victory over their bakery brethren at the recent Butchers’ and Bakers’ Fair. A three-category face-off saw the butchers romp home during the event in Newbury last Sunday.

Peter Mellors, who runs Mellors Farm Butchers in Nottinghamshire, took the title for best hot crust pork pie, S Turner, of Turners of Pelsall, took home the prize for cold eating individual meat pasty, while Philip Cripps, from Greens of Pangbourne, won out in the sausage roll category.

Meanwhile, the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders’ Meat Product Competition also proved a great draw, with Carl Fenton, of DJ Fenton in Doncaster, taking first the traditional pork sausage and then the overall champion of the day title.

Other winners on the day included Peter Hughes, of Preseli Gold, Fishguard, for speciality sausage, Robert Bowring, of Notts-based Robert Bowring Famer & Butcher, took the title for best beef burger, and Robert Rawlings, of Rawlings Butchers in Surrey, took home the meat product innovation award.

Philip Cripps, of Greens of Pangbourne, took the title for best ready meal, while Simon Broadribb of Uptons of Bassett in Southampton, took the award for best black pudding.

Ed Bedington, editor of MTJ, said: “The day proved a great success and for the butchers to triumph over the bakers was the icing on the cake, so to speak!”

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