Q Guild grows membership base

The Q Guild of Butchers has accepted five new members from across the country in the first half of 2014.

Sandy Boyd, general manager of the Q Guild, said: “We’re delighted to welcome these new members on board. We know that their quality and innovation will sit very nicely with the values of the Guild.”

Tilehurst Village Butchers, near Reading, has joined the guild after trading for almost 25 years. Run by Chris Watts and his wife Jane, the shop is known for its pies and sausages, some of which use exotic meats such zebra, bison, wild boar and alpaca.

Another new member is The Moody Sow Farm Shop in Old St Mellons, Cardiff, which is a recent addition to the Cefn Mably Farm Park. The Moody Sow was crowned national barbecue steak champion in the Q Guild’s annual 2014 Barbecue Contest.

Cornwall’s Etherington’s Farm Shop has also joined the guild. The shop in Wheal Rose is part of a third generation family-run butchery business established in 1954. Etherington’s has a Butchery Academy and was a Taste of the West 2013 award winner.

Berkshire’s Lewis of Sunningdale is run by Nigel Lewis and was established in 1931. It has become popular with celebrities, and star customers include The Duke of York, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Russell Crowe, Ernie Els and Russ Abbott.

G Simpson Butchers of Heckington in Lincolnshire can now also boast Q Guild membership, as reported previously by meatinfo.co.uk . It was launched in 2000 by Gary Simpson and won MTJ’s Best Butchers Shop in the Midlands and East of England in 2013.

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