Gog Magog Hills farm shop wins best burger accolade

A Cambridgeshire farm shop has won Eblex’s England’s Best Burger competition for its speciality marrow burger.

Gog Magog Hills won the independent retail butcher category with its Magog Marrow Burger and went on to win the overall title of England’s Best Burger.

The farm shop fought off competition from other finalists, including: Morrison’s, winner of the multiple retailers category; Owen Taylor & Sons, winner of the foodservice category; and ABP Doncaster, winner of the new Premium Quality Innovative Burger category.

Gog Magog Hills farm shop’s managing director Charles Bradford said: “This is fantastic news and a real testament to the quality of our burgers. We use Quality Standard Mark beef in our Magog Marrow Burger and keep the ingredients simple to let the quality of the meat stand out. We can’t wait to tell our customers that we sell England’s best burger!”

Hugh Judd, Eblex foodservice project manager, said: “The judges were really impressed with all four category winning burgers in the final round, but the Magog Marrow Burger was exceptionally good and a worthy winner of the competition.”

The winning burger was developed by butcher Oliver Anstee. Bradford added: “Ollie joined us five years ago as an apprentice and he is a rising star. Coming from a farming family, he has a real passion for food and for the meat industry in particular. He is incredibly talented and very hard working, I’m so proud of him – and all our team!”

Eblex reported this year’s competition to be the biggest to date, with a record number of entries. Judd said: “The introduction of the Premium Quality Innovative Burger category boosted the amount of burger entries made using single muscle cuts, which produced some really high quality burgers. The trend for premium burgers continues to grow and it’s fantastic to see so many great products out there.”

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