Sibling butchery team win at Hampshire Fare

A brother and sister team have taken the top prize at the Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition.

The competition took place on Tuesday 29 October and was organised by Hampshire Fare in celebration of the county’s finest local butchers.

Pip and Donna Smith, from L.J Smith Butcher, were awarded the title of Supreme Champion for their pork, bacon and tomato sausage after receiving a top score of 100 points.

“We’re really surprised to have won,” said Pip Smith. “We put at least sixty man hours into getting our entries ready and yet we were still nervous dropping them off. It’s a tough business out there for butchers and we’re working really hard to continue to make a success of it and have recently managed to expand and open another shop in Bishopstoke.

“Customers come to us because they know they will get quality, everything is made by hand with great attention to detail. We encourage people to come in and use us and our expertise when buying their meat, we’re eager to help our customers and provide an exceptional level of service.”

This year’s competition attracted 235 entries from 35 butchers, a 20% increase from last year’s event. Entrants were able to enter their products into 13 different categories including; Hampshire sausage, hot pie, traditional pork pie, black pudding, meatballs and faggots, charcuterie, young sausage maker and speciality pork sausage.

Gold, silver and bronze awards were presented in each category, with a champion chosen from each.

Jack Tuckley, who judged the speciality sausage category, praised the high level of entrants. “I gave 100 points to one of today’s entries,” he commented. “That is something I have only done on two other occasions in my fifty years of judging. You could tell a lot of TLC and attention to detail had gone into them.”

Tracy Nash, commercial manager of the event, recognised the county’s impressive high standard of butchers. “Hampshire has so many talented butchers and today’s event really celebrates their skills,” she said. “It highlights the local meat products available across the county and the expertise and experience which goes into making them.”

Results from the event are as follows:

  • Supreme Champion 2015 – L.J Smith Butchers, Pip and Donna Smith (Eastleigh and Bishopstoke)
  • Traditional pork sausage – Uptons of Bassett (Southampton)
  • Speciality sausage – L.J Smith (Eastleigh and Bishopstoke)
  • Lamb and beef sausage – L.J Smith (Eastleigh and Bishopstoke)
  • Hampshire sausage – Buckwells of Southsea (Southsea)
  • Home cured bacon – B. Drummond of Romsey (Romsey)
  • Meatballs and faggots – Buckwells of Southea (Southsea)
  • Traditional pork pies – Crow Farm Shop (Ringwood)
  • Speciality pie (cold-eating) – Mum and Dad’s Kitchen (Southsea)
  • Speciality pie (hot-eating) – Mum and Dad’s Kitchen (Southsea)
  • Ready meals – Soles Butchers (Alresford)
  • Black pudding – Owtons (Southampton)
  • Hampshire charcuterie – Ambrose Sausages (Eastleigh)
  • Young sausage maker – Grover Butchers (Chandler’s Ford)
  • New Forest Marque Winner – Cobley Wood Farm (Ringwood)

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