Yorkshire butcher’s again announced as 2013 Countryside Alliance regional champion

H Weatherhead & Sons Butchers in Pateley Bridge has been chosen as Yorkshire champion in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards for the second year running.

The Q Guild butcher’s shop, a family business established in 1876, now has another opportunity to win the overall UK and Ireland prize.

Andrew Weatherhead, the fifth generation of the family to run the business, said: “To win the regional accolade for the second consecutive year is a fantastic achievement for a traditional family butcher and to again be in with a chance of becoming the nation’s best butcher reflects great credit on our entire team. To win it would be a dream come true.”

The shop rears its own meat at Low Ling Park Farm in Ilkley, run by Andrew’s father-in-law Robert Gray. On top of their busy shop, the butcher also supplies meat to local pubs and restaurants.

Awards judge Jill Grieve from the Countryside Alliance, said: “Last year’s champions return bigger and better than ever. Now with Q Guild status – the hallmark of the quality butcher – Weatherheads has some phenomenal produce.

“They have been Pateley Bridge butchers for generations and have adapted and survived, while remaining relevant and busy on the modern high street. A visit to their farm shows the commitment to animal welfare, traceability and taste – all things consumers should insist upon.
“The personal charisma of Andrew Weatherhead and his young daughter’s enthusiasm for farming mean the Weatherheads of Pateley Bridge are a brand to be reckoned with.”

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