Exotic meats butcher joins Q Guild

Tilehurst Village Butchers, which sells homemade pies containing bison, zebra and alpaca, has landed one of the top accolades in the industry – acceptance into the Q Guild of Butchers.

The Q Guild brand is a mark of excellence – it only has 120 members, with butchers spread all over the country. Tilehurst Village Butchers, near Reading, has now been officially confirmed as one of the best butchers in the UK.

Chris Watts, director of Tilehurst, said: “We’re delighted. With the Q Guild membership, we’re now recognised as being a top-quality butcher’s. It’s a real achievement to be accepted by them.”

The family butcher’s, which first opened 24 years ago, sells meat, and fruit and vegetables. Jane Watts, wife of Chris, also makes homemade pies – both traditional flavours such as steak and ale, as well as more exotic meats such as zebra and alpaca.

The shop buys traditionally farmed and grass-fed cattle, and free-range and, where possible, outdoor-reared pork. Its chickens are supplied by Banham Poultry.

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

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