Scottish butcher is crowned best in UK at Butcher's Shop of the Year awards

A Scottish butcher has taken the title of best in the UK after beating off competition from across the country in the annual Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

Davidsons Specialist Butchers in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, proved itself a cut above the rest by first taking the award for Best Scottish Butcher at the annual awards at The Landmark Hotel in London.

It then sealed a memorable evening by beating off stiff competition from five other regional winners to claim the overall title of the UK’s best butcher.

John Davidson, owner, said: “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’ve wanted this since before I even had a butcher’s shop. The win coincides with the launch of our online shop, so we are going to take the publicity forward and tell people they can now get the best meat in the UK delivered to their door. Being named best butcher in the UK is a great marketing tool.”

Ed Bedington, editor of MTJ, which organises the awards, said: “Davidsons is a deserving winner and a superb business, so it’s great to see John and his team getting some great recognition. The standards of entry into this competition are always high and this year was no exception. I’d like to congratulate all our finalists and winners.”

Andrew Brassington, of the Ludlow Food Centre in Shropshire, took the title of Young Butcher of the Year, fighting off strong competition from two other great finalists, Billy Holding and John Day, both from Scotland. Andrew said: “I’m very happy I won, it’s great. The Young Butcher award encourages more people to become butchers. It’s important to keep young people coming into the business to carry on and take on the techniques.”

Innovation of the Year was awarded to Patrick O’Doherty, who turned back the clock to create an award-winning corned beef product using ancient recipes. Judges were impressed with how he took something more closely associated with a tin and South America and created a premium product, which has been flying off the shelves.

Past president of the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders, and Coventry-based butcher John Taylor was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award. Bedington added: “John has put so much into the industry during his long career and given so much, it was a real pleasure to be able to recognise that and give him something back.”

The full list of winners on the day were:

Butcher’s Plus - Cranstons Quality Butchers, Penrith
Farm Shop of the Year - Cwmcerrig Farm Shop, Llanelli
Midlands & East of England - Aubrey Allen, Leamington Spa
North of England - J Brindon Addy Butchers, Holmfirth
Northern Ireland - K & G McAtamney, Ballymena
South of England - Allens of Mayfair, London
Wales - Andrew Rees & Sons Butchers, Narbeth
Scotland and overall winnner - Davidsons Specialist Butchers, Inverurie
Young Butcher of the Year - Andrew Brassington, Ludlow Food Centre, Shropshire
Innovation of the Year - O’Dohertys, Enniskillen
Halal Butcher’s Shop - Mirchi Cash & Carry, Oxford
Lifetime Achievement - John Taylor, Coventry

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