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.


Earlier this month Rothbury Family Butchers opened the doors to the new Delicatessen and sandwich section of the shop.

Following the retirement of the shop next door, we now have a shop twice the size after knocking through to enable us to install new butchers counters in the original shop and new deli counter and hot counter in the new shop. I’m sure you will agree if you visit the results are superb. A massive thank you to John Gregory & Sons for doing the building work to such a high standard and the positive feed back we have had from customers new and old has been overwhelming. Our new deli section contains local cheese, meats, locally made quiche, pies and cheesecake to name but a few. We are also now proud to serve Rijo42 coffees, Lattes, Cappuccinos etc ( the best around! ) as well as now finally being able to cook our Award winning sausages in store and serve them as sandwiches.

Sausage goes the distance!

Our latest online sausage order was delivered a mere 356 miles away.

A sausage starter pack containing 6 different packs of our Gold Award Winning sausages and an Exotic meat mix pack containing Crocodile, Kangaroo, Ostrich and Wild Boar was successfully delivered all the way to Southampton this month. Check out our online shop to see these products and don’t forget we can deliver to your home, work, friends or neighbours etc.

Copas Turkeys going Fast !!!

This Christmas we have a limited number of Copas Free Range Turkeys available.

These turkeys are widley regarded as the best in Britain and for the second year running we are pretty confident we are the cheapest supplier in the country for these prime birds!
But hurry we only have a limited number available.

Maintaining the highest welfare standards, the are raised on a balanced cereal diet, rich in oats, with no growth promoting additives.

Copas turkeys come in carry home boxes. Inside the box, the oven ready turkey is wrapped in greaseproof paper with a sprig of rosemary, vacuum packed giblets, a recipe leaflet with cooking instructions and a pop-up cooking timer – everything you need to cook the turkey perfectly on Christmas day!

Local Northumbrian Hill Lamb on sale now!

This seasons finest Northumbrian Hill Lamb is now available at rothbury Family Butchers. Sourced Locally from “The Lamb Man” Jimmy Bell at East Wingates Farm Longhorsley.

We feel this is the most succulent and tender lamb around. Sourced only 5 miles from our shop these Texel – cross lambs are simply superb this time of year and available to buy online too.

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.

Competition Time!

Design your own sausage creation for us to sell in the shop and if we think yours is the best you will Win a DVD player delivered to your door.!

Tell us your design and ingredients and who knows, you could have your sausage proudly displayed in our award winning butchers. We intend selling it in the shop and of course will send you a sample to see what you think. As well as the brand new DVD player. So get your thinking caps on and email us your creation. Competition closes 1st June 2007


Rothbury Family Butchers would like to say a massive THANK YOU to YOU the customer for making Christmas 2007 our busiest ever.

The festive period hit dizzy heights at Rothbury Family butchers where it was our busiest since we opened 7 years ago. Fresh Turkeys were still the most popular product with boneless turkey breast a close second. Chipolatas and sausage-meat also recorded record sales. As well as thanking all our customers both local and online, I must say a huge thank you to the staff who agreed to work 8 days on the trot.A huge commitment by all the lads and I am very grateful. Thanks lads.

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.