Farm shop first CA Game Cham­pion

The Field - - News -

Blag­don Farm Shop in Northum­ber­land, which saw game sales soar by 200% last Christ­mas, is the win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral Game Cham­pion award, a new cat­e­gory in the an­nual Coun­try­side Al­liance Awards.

“We very quickly in­den­ti­fied that when pro­cess­ing game you’ve got to add value to the prod­uct,” said butch­ery man­ager Si­mon Os­borne (pic­tured with the shop’s co-founder, Jo Celerier). Stuffed pheas­ant, pheas­ant or veni­son casseroles, par­tridge scotch eggs and pheas­ant pako­ras were among the game prod­ucts avail­able in the shop last win­ter. In the sum­mer, the shop’s cater­ing van tours lo­cal eques­trian shows and vis­its in­ner-city food fes­ti­vals sell­ing veni­son burg­ers and game sausages.

Last year, 8,000 birds went through the shop’s pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity and this sea­son the fig­ure is set to dou­ble. “This award is for all the guns, beat­ers and pick­ers-up in Northum­ber­land who keep this fab­u­lous meat com­ing through,” said Os­borne.

The full list of CA award winners can be found at: www.coun­try­side-al­

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