Bristol butcher takes south west pork championship

A last-minute entry won Bpex’s Butcher’s Pork Product Excellence Awards in the south west last week.

The awards, which are part of the organisation’s Regional Roadshow, drew in more than 190 products from 31 butchers in the south west region. However, Don Hayes Butchers in Bristol excelled in the Home Cured Bacon category, going on to win Overall Champion with its ‘Mulled Wine Bacon’.

Manager Tom Mooney entered the newly developed product as a last-minute decision and was unsure how it would fare at the awards, which were held at the Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter.

“Our ‘Mulled Wine Bacon’ was made for the first time just six weeks ago, so to be awarded the Overall Champion title was a complete shock.

“I have a passion for cooking and, one day, decided to boil a gammon joint at home; I threw in spices and glazed the meat with cranberry sauce and, from then on, I was inspired to produce our festive themed ‘Mulled Wine Bacon’. From there, we dropped samples around to nearby shops and to customers for feedback – all of which came back extremely positive,” he said.

Meanwhile, three category awards were picked up and celebrated by Tim Potter Son & Daughter from Taunton as well as Haymans Butchers in Sidmouth.

Tim’s ‘Pork and Apple Pasty’ beat the competition in the Speciality Hot Eating Pork Pie category, while his ‘Scotch Egg’ took first in the Speciality Pork Product category and his ‘Homemade Faggots’ took the gold in the Pork Offal category.

Tim said: “Achieving three category champion titles is superb; it took three days to prepare our entries ready for the roadshow, but it’s clear to see that all the hard work paid off in the end.

“We’ve been making our ‘Pork and Apple Pasty’ for two to three years and we sell around 100-150 every week – it’s definitely a favourite with our regulars, so we hoped it would be enjoyed just as much by the judges. It’s filled with locally reared pork and is stuffed full of diced Bramley apples, swede and onion to produce a tasty pasty that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Bpex butchery and product development manager Keith Fisher said: “It was a great night for the butchery trade, which presented a fantastic array of innovative products. The quality was clear to see, with 96% of those products entered picking up an award. Our congratulations go to all the category champions and of course, Don Hayes Butchers, which will now go forward to the National Final next year.”

Category winners:

Don Hayes Butchers, Bristol

Traditional Pork Sausages
Haymans Butchers, Devon

Speciality Pork Sausages
K and M Butchers, Devon

Traditional Pork Pies
Crow Farm Shop, Hampshire

Speciality Cold Eating Pork Pies
T Buttling Butchers, Dorset

Speciality Hot Eating Pork Pies
Tim Potter Son & Daughter (Family Butchers), Somerset

Home Cured Bacon and Gammon    
Don Hayes Butchers, Bristol

Young Sausage Maker
Phillip Collins c/o Complete Meats, Devon

Speciality Pork Products
Tim Potter Son & Daughter (Family Butchers), Somerset

Black Pudding
Riverside Butchers, Somerset

Pork Offal-Based Products
Tim Potter Son & Daughter (Family Butchers), Somerset

Pork Ready Meals
Haymans Butchers, Devon

Pork Burgers
Haymans Butchers, Devon


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