Awards windfall for the Q Guild

Awards windfall for the Q Guild

Q Guild butchers across the nation have scooped multiple gold awards at year’s Great Taste Awards.

Owtons Butchers in Southampton was a dual gold award winner with its Mediterranean Lamb & Feta Burger, and Lincolnshire Pork Sausages.

C Lidgate’s Butchers, of Holland Park Road, London, clinched an eight-strong gold awards windfall, including a top-rated 3 Gold Star accolade – only 153 of these were awarded across the entire 10,000-strong entry list – for its dry-cured Iberico Streaky Bacon.

Four Lidgate’s steaks from Earl Stoneham Farms Wagyu Beef – Pichana, Ribeye, Sirloin and Fillet – all picked up gold honours, as did the shop’s Beef Bourgignon Pie, Chicken Bruschettawith a mild creamy mushroom sauce, and Leek & Apricot Pie.

Somerset’s Jon Thorner’s in Pylle was another multiple gold winner, also clinching the prestigious 3 Gold Star award with its loin of pork, which the business produces both for online national retailer Ocado and its own butchery counters.

Sandy Boyd joins the Q Guild team.

Q Guild general manager Sandy Boyd said: “Once again, our members have demonstrated they have got what it takes to win awards.”

Thorner’s also struck gold for its Steak and Ale Pie, Steak and Stilton Pie, leg of pork and shoulder of pork.

In Wales, four gold awards went to new Q Guild member Moody Sow Farm Shop in Old St Mellons, Cardiff, for its 5oz Beef Burger, Scotch Egg, Black Pudding Scotch Egg, and Smoked Bacon.

Also in the Land of the Red Dragon, a hat-trick of golds fell to Edwards of Conwy with its Corned Beef Hash, Sweet Cured Bacon and Pulled Beef Pie.

Other gold award winners were:

Cranston’s of Penrith in Cumbria for its Dry-Cured Streaky Bacon.

Elite Meat, of Starbeck, Harrogate, with its Yorkshire Highland Sirloin Steak.

Blagdon Farm Shop in Seaton Burn, Northumberland, for its 32-Day Dry-Aged Belted Galloway Sirloin of Beef Steak.

Lewis of Sunningdale for The Berkshire Banger.

Hepburns of Shenfield, Essex,
with its Ready Cooked Smoked Bacon.

Meridian Meats in Louth, Lincolnshire, with Longhorn Pichana Steak.

The Great Taste Awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food and the judging panel of fine food retailers, chefs, restaurant critics and food writers evaluated products across the country over a 50-day period. They included Masterchef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Champion, BBC Food presenter Sheila Dillon and Great British Bake-Off winner Frances Quinn.

Q Guild general manager Sandy Boyd said: “Once again, our members have demonstrated they have got what it takes to win awards.”

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