Butcher leans up at the awards

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

A BUTCHER’S in Shep­per­ton, known for its award­win­ning bangers and burg­ers, has achieved more glory – this time in the Butch­ers Q Guild’s UK bar­be­cue con­test.

James of Shep­per­ton took the crown in the spe­cial­ity bar­be­cue prod­uct cat­e­gory in the south­ern re­gion for its royal mint and rose­mary lamb rump.

James and Katie Lally, who run the shop in Shep­per­ton High Street, were then pre­par­ing to take on ri­vals from six other Q Guild re­gions in the na­tional fi­nal in the mid­lands last Sun­day.

Win­ners in each of the six bar­be­cue prod­uct categories were un­veiled and one of them had the added plea­sure of be­ing crowned over­all supreme bar­be­cue cham­pion by the Q Guild, which rep­re­sents 110 butch­ers from the Scot­tish High­lands down to the south coast.

Speak­ing af­ter the heats, Mr Lally said: “We are so happy with this win. It is a very pop­u­lar prod­uct.”

His shop also won gold in the pork sausage, steak, spe­cial­ity sausage, and spe­cial­ity burger categories.

“The celiac sausage won gold and this was im­por­tant be­cause it is such an un­der­es­ti­mated prod­uct,” he added. “We are pleased we are able to pro­duce a celiac sausage that has flavour and can be wor­thy enough to win a gold award.”

James was run­ner-up in the spe­cial­ity bar­be­cue prod­uct cat­e­gory at the na­tional fi­nal at East­wood Hall, near Not­ting­ham, on Sun­day. All qual­i­fy­ing prod­ucts had been cooked prior to judg­ing by bar­be­cue chef Richard Holden.

Pic­ture: Grahame Larter Ref: RS161885

James Lally with some of their but­ter­fly royal mint and rose­mary lamb rump, which won the south­ern re­gional heat in the Butch­ers Q Guild’s award.

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