Robinson Butchers and Deli in Tettenhall Wolverhampton have won the Taste of Game sponsored Best Game Product at the Q Guild of Butchers Smithfield Awards for their Huntsman Pie.
They collected their award at the Smithfield Awards lunch on Wednesday in London
Top quality butchers recognised at Q Guild of Butchers Smithfield Awards
Thirteen artisan butchers have been crowned top of their class, by celebrity chef and broadcaster Matt Tebbutt at one of British meat industry’s most prestigious awards ceremonies.
Run by the Q Guild of Butchers, the Smithfield Awards are widely regarded as one of the meat trade’s most high profile and challenging product evaluations. Recognising and rewarding the best meat products from its countrywide members these awards showcase their butcher’s craftsmanship, innovation and skill. Running for over 30 years, the awards were announced on 30th January 2019 at Ironmonger’s Hall, one of London’s top twelve prestigious livery halls.
Traditional family butcher J A McMurchie Meat of Hetton-Le-Hole in Tyne & Wear was crowned the overall Supreme Champion for the second year running with their new kitchen ready meal idea. The ‘Shepherd’s Purse’ is an oven-ready meal brought together in an oven-able pouch. The ‘Purse’ contains a Northumberland lamb shank with Chantenay carrots and maris piper potatoes in a classic mint sauce for a quick and tasty yet wholesome meal.
The Q Guild butchers who come from across Britain were recognised in 18 categories, which ranged from Best Traditional Pork Sausage, Best Bacon and Cured Product, Pies & Bakery to Innovation, Best Game product and Best Beef and Lamb products from England, Scotland and Wales.
The awards were judged blind by an independent panel of international food and meat industry experts at City of Glasgow College’s state of the art facilities in October 2018. The judges were particularly impressed by McMurchie’s Shepherd’s Purse, saying it was a “Great lamb product which melts in the mouth and the flavour of the sauce is superb.”
Matt Tebbutt awarded each category winner with a Diamond Award and J A McMurchie Meat took home the coveted title of Smithfield Awards Supreme Champion.