Spalding area butchers win glory in Poacher 2016

Bennetts boss and Lincolnshire  sausage king  Alan Parsons with George Levesley, Ian Tilley, Pat Rudd, Simon Gregory, John Smith and Nigel Garfoot. SG211016-209TW
Bennetts boss and Lincolnshire sausage king Alan Parsons with George Levesley, Ian Tilley, Pat Rudd, Simon Gregory, John Smith and Nigel Garfoot. SG211016-209TW

Spalding butchers Simpsons was named Butcher of the Year in the 2016 Lincolnshire Poacher Competition.

Simpsons repeated its success from two years ago when the competition was last held.

It’s a glory year for fellow Spalding area butchers with Bennett Butchers, of Winsover Road, taking the coveted Lincolnshire Sausage title, W Hargrave and Son Ltd, of Pinchbeck, winning the top title for stuffed chine and George Adams and Son Ltd, of The Crescent, taking the top award for its most celebrated product, hand finished pork pies.

Gary Simpson, who has six shops, said: “We entered 20 products and ended up with 10 Golds, eight Silvers and two Bronzes, as well as three class champions.”

He personally prepared them with help of some of his team.

Gary, from Heckington, has also just returned from Australia as part of Team GB in the World Butchery Championships, which was eventually won by France.

“We ended up winning the World’s Best Pork Sausage award with our cracked black pepper sausage,” he said.

He was in London on October 10 for the Champion of Champions Sausage Competition, but lost out in that to a butcher from Kent and now has the Butcher of the Year title in the Poacher awards.

He has also entered 21 products in the Q Guild butchery awards.

Bennett boss Andrew Parsons, said: “We entered 11 products and came away with 11 awards.”

His biggest sense of pride comes from the overall win in the iconic Lincolnshire sausage category.

Andrew is guardian of two secret Lincolnshire sausage recipes, one devised by his great-grandfather, Henry Bennett, who opened the shop in 1899, and another for which he paid “several thousand pounds” when Browning’s Butchers of Deeping St Nicholas ceased trading in the mid-1990s.

It was the Browning’s recipe that took the overall title but both recipes struck gold.

Andrew (49), who has worked in the shop since he was 15, said: “Best Lincolnshire sausage is the one everyone wants to win because it’s a well-known product.”

Adams director Mary Adams said: “We got the championship pork pie, which is brilliant as it’s just what we pride ourselves on - it’s our speciality. We also got six golds, 11 silvers and one bronze.”

Hargraves awards included golds for speciality and gluten free sausages, haslet and bacon. Fellow winners included Trevor Sharpe Butchers, of Gosberton, Pinchin’s Family Farm Shop, of Algarkirk, Lincolnshire Co-op and A W Curtis Bakers and Butchers.

Previously ...

Simpsons sizzle as Butcher of the Year in Poacher 2014