East of England

R. J. Chapman & Sons

5 High Street, Baldock, Hertfordshire SG7 6AZ

Judge’s comments: “Chapman's is a real traditional butchers’ shop keeping the traditional skills of craft butchery to the more obscure skills alive for the next generation. Making most things on site from the bacon to the biltong, including Muntjac salami, has ensured high quality products are at the heart of this business. Chapman’s not only serves customers traditional butchers fair but also an immense amount of passion and knowledge that can’t help but enthuse the customer.”

 

Midlands

Brackley Butchers

22 Market Place, Brackley, Northants NN13 7DP

Judge’s comments: “Brackley Butchers have put animal welfare and their customer needs at the heart of this business. Working with local farmers they can assure the highest levels of animal welfare, sustainability and provenance, whilst promoting the importance of shopping locally. Keeping the craft of butchery alive and brimming with great ideas to encourage people to try something new this butcher not only serves you top quality meat but a side order of banter and a smile.”

 

North East

R G Foreman & Son

8 Castle Street, Norham, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 2LQ

Judge’s comments: “R G Foreman & Son are very skilled and knowledgeable butchers with bucket loads of expertise providing first class produce. They talk kindly about the animals, and their welfare is clearly of great concern to them, which means they only source direct from local farmers. The business is growing, with them taking an innovative approach to what they sell. Being keen fisherman themselves, they have also branched out into fishing tackle for those coming to fish the Tweed which is novel for a butchers!”

 

North West

Roy Porter Butchers

9 Bridge Road, Chatburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 4AW

Judge’s comments: “Anne is really on the ball, and it’s so good to see a lady butcher at the top of the game. She knows her meat and the business prides itself on meat from rare breed cattle, farmed locally. This is a quality butchers at the very heart of its community.”

 

South East

Padbury Meats

Padbury, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire MK18 2AY

Judge’s comments: “The mantra of Padbury Meats is a ‘butcher never stops learning’ and this is what makes this business stand out. Willing to try new things, while still embracing the traditional craft of butchery, Padbury Meats ensures that they can meet all their customers requests. Proudly supporting their local farmers and producers means they can showcase the best Buckinghamshire has to offer.”

 

South West

Toby Haynes Butcher

32 High Street, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 0HB

Judge’s comments: “Toby and his family have brought an exciting and invigorating business to Corsham.  In a short space of time they are now very much part of the town with people travelling for miles to enjoy their range of produce. His passion for, and dedication to ensuring he sells and produces only the best is impeccable. The butchers shop has quickly become the social hub with many a discussion around the butcher’s block about culinary delights.”

 

Wales

Cig Lodor Meats

Lodor ganol, Maenclochog SA66 7RD

Judge’s comments: “This is a butcher who provides her customers with a seven day a week service. Starting out at the age of just 14, Carla Thomas fell in love with farming which instilled in her a passion to produce food from the gate to the plate. All the beef and lamb is reared on the farm, produced on grass, and returned to the shop for butchering. The pride in producing their own farm reared meat oozes from behind the counter.

 

Yorkshire

Kendall’s Farm Butchers

32/34 High Street, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. HG3 5JU

Judge’s comments: “A butchers that ticks all the boxes. It is at the heart of its community, selling genuinely locally sourced meat and has lovely, knowledgeable staff. It is situated at the far end of the high street – traditionally the most difficult place for footfall - so it is testament to their popularity that they are such a thriving, popular shop.”

 

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