Butcher leans up at the awards
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.
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.