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Top Marks In Q Guild Audit

Rothbury family butchers scored ‘A’ grades in both Hygiene and Quality in our latest Q guild audit last week

Being in the Guild of Q butchers allows you to promote your shop as “One of Britain”s Best” and Q butchers back up their claims on quality by submitting their businesses to regular inspections – an independent assessment of their excellence and pride in the job. Inspections last up to 3 hours and your whole shop is under the microscope so to achieve this is a superb achievement. Last week was no exception as I nervously followed the inspector around our shop as he scrutinised all aspects including customer service, cutting standards, hygiene, paperwork/records, stock control to name but a few! After the inspection he told me that Rothbury Family Butchers set excellent standards and was very well organised

Cragside Cracker crowned the Champ!

THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND CROWNS ITS LANDMARK BANGER Rothbury Family Butchers reigns supreme at British Sausage Week The North East of England has found its Landmark Banger! Morris Adamson from Rothbury Family Butchers was crowned regional winner with his Cragside Cracker sausage by legendary cricket umpire and national icon Dickie Bird MBE.

The competition marks a week of activity to celebrate British Sausage Week 2008. Morris, who was one of many outstanding entrants, won the regional heat with his sausage inspired by traditional ingredients including rosemary and red onion. He won a prestigious Banger Award and received £150 to donate to the British Sausage Week charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Dickie Bird MBE has led this year’s search for Britain’s Landmark Bangers.

This years ‘King of the Sizzle’ has been travelling the country all week tasting a plethora of regional ‘specialities’ and crowning the best in each region. Commenting on Morris’s winning sausage, Dickie Bird said: “the standard of entries has been so high this year that it was truly difficult to pick just one winner. Having said that, the winning sausage was absolutely delicious, and truly is a Landmark Banger for the North East”

Morris said: “I was really surprised and delighted to win. I never imagined I’d get this far when I submitted my entry a few weeks ago. It was great to meet Dickie and be a part of British Sausage Week 2008 – I’ve had a fantastic time!”

Organised by The British Sausage Appreciation Society, British Sausage Week celebrates the taste, quality and diversity of the sausage, of which there are some 400 individually named varieties in Britain alone.

Sausage wins the Double!!!

Rothbury Family butchers achieved what no other Butcher in the country has achieved by winning two categories in the the Food service pork sausage of the year Competition this week.

This competition is probably one of the most passionately fought food competitions in the world.

With entries totalling over 400 products each year the competition has grown into one of the most prestigious landmarks in any foodie’s diary.

Sausage makers all over Britain send in their weird and wonderful creations as well as the standard pork sausage to see if their recipes make it through to the final. The competition is spilt into 5 categories Traditional Pork, Speciality Pork, Reduced Salt/Fat Pork, Best Pub Sausage, and Best High Volume Sausage. All sausage entered is judged by top food industry experts and given marks accordingly. Rothbury Family Butchers entered 6 types of sausage and received 3 Gold’s (95% or above), 2 Silvers and a Bronze. Not only did all their products pick up awards but The Traditional Pork Sausage and the Sweet Chilli Sausage were judged best overall in their categories.
Proprietor Morris Adamson said “nowadays to win any gold in competitions is amazing as they’re only given out to products scoring 95%or above but to get three and take two overall titles is unbelievable for us! “ “Especially in the traditional Pork section as this is the Holy Grail for butchers.Im sure if you go into any butchers across the country they will make a Traditional pork sausage. So to be judged the best in the competition is overwhelming”
These results were even more special as no other Butcher in the country has taken two titles in this competition before. Morris travelled to the butcher’s hall in London for an awards lunch last Friday to pick up the awards.

After receiving his two silver salvers, certificates and two bottles of champagne Morris added “As I’m tee-total the staff can share the champagne! But I will find pride of place in the shop for the awards”

There may be more awards to follow as next month two more of the shops sausages (Cragside Cracker and Simonside Sizzler) have reached the regional final of Britain’s Landmark Banger Competition and Morris has been invited to a restaurant in Newcastle to have them cooked along with the other finalists to be judged by legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird in conjunction with British Sausage week. Later in the month Morris and his wife Maria are off to the capital again for an awards luncheon in London where celebrity Ready Steady Cook Chef Lesley Waters will be presenting the couple with no fewer than Eleven Smithfield awards.

Top Marks In Q Guild Audit

Rothbury Family Butchers have achieved all A grade marks in the new auditing system for Quality and Hygiene.

Being in the Guild of Q butchers allows you to promote your shop as ” One of Britain’s Best” a Q butchers back up their claims on quality by submitting their businesses to regular inspections – an independent assessment of their excellence and pride in the job. Inspections last up to 3 hours and your whole shop is under the microscope so to achieve this is a superb achievement.

One of Britain”s Best!

At a glittering Awards night held at The Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London our Pork, Cranberry and Stilton sausage was officially recognised within the industry as one of the top four sausages in the country.

The Meat and Poultry Awards 2006 gave Rothbury Family Butchers a chance to rub shoulders with the best in the industry. We entered our sausage in the category of Britain”s best sausage and made it to the final four. To see our name up in lights on the big screen at this 5 star London hotel was a massive achievement for our shop. When Celebrity chef Brian Turner read out the four finalists it gave us a great sense of pride to know we had come this far. Up against every other butcher in the country and three of the leading supermarkets, Tesco, Asda , and Sainsburys really puts in perspective how well we have done. Unfortunately we were pipped at the post, but we will be back even stronger next year!

Royal Visit at Rothbury Family Butchers

Thursday November 9th 2006 was a day to remember for Rothbury Family Butchers when HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall made a private visit to the shop.

It’s not every day Royalty pop it to your shop but Prince Charles and Camilla spent 20 minutes on a private visit to Rothbury Family Butchers where the royal couple met Morris, his wife Maria and the staff when they took a look around the shop and chatted about the business.Buckingham Palace very kindly allowed Morris to have a private photographer present who was able to take some stunning photos of the Royal couple which will soon take pride of place in the shop. At the end of the visit Morris and Maria”s daughter Molly presented the couple with some award winning sausages and local Northumbrian Lamb.
A day that will live long in the memory of all involved.

Luck y 7 for Smithfield success!

Rothbury Family Butchers scooped a Whopping 7 Smithfield Awards at this years product evaluation.These awards are some of the most prestigious in the meat industry.

4 Gold Awards ( 95% or above! ) were arwded to our Cragside Cracker Sausage, Pork and Chestnut Sausage, Pork, Orange and Cranberry Sausage and our Cragside Turkey Roast ( Turkey breast stuffed with our cragside cracker sausage meat topped with sprigs of Rosemary and slices of red Onion.)

2 Silver”s ( Pork, Lemon and Thyme Sausage, Traditional Pork sausage )

1 Bronze ( Pork Ginger and Spring Onion sausage.)

The Gold Award winning products are now in line for a Diamond Award. The Diamond winners will be revealed at an Awards Luncheon at The Butchers Hall in London in November. We are sending Paul down to the luncheon ( Hosted by Celebrity chef Ed Baines ) so fingers crossed!

Northumbrian Hill Lamb now in store!

For the second year running Rothbury Family Butchers are proud to be stocking the finest Local Northumbrian Hill Lambs available. All sourced from East Wingates Farm Northumberland.

Sourcing top quality LOCAL Lamb is very important at Rothbury family Butchers. The partnership I have with Local Hill Farmer Jimmy Bell works so well because he allows me to visit his Farm every Monday morning and hand pick the Lambs I want for the week. This ensures I get the best quality lambs every time and the size and weight I require for the week.

Wingates fresh lamb tastes superb because they:

Use only the finest quality Texel-cross lambs.
Use lambs from a non-intensively farmed upland pasture in Northumberland.
Avoid using chemicals or pesticides on their farm.
Give the minimal amount of medicines to their sheep and use homeopathic remedies where possible.

Hang their lamb for ten days as was the custom for traditional butchers.
Try it and see !