Welsh butchers top of the chops in industry awards
ARTISAN butchers from different parts of Wales went head to head this month for the title of Welsh Butcher Shop of the Year, at a UK-wide award ceremony hosted by Meat Trades Journal and sponsored by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).
At a glitzy ceremony at London’s County Hall, N.S. James of Raglan, Edwards of Conwy and Eynon’s of St. Clears eagerly anticipated the result. And it was the ‘gogs’ that came out on top, with Ieuan Edwards’s famous Traditional Butchers’ Shop being crowned the best in Wales.
HCC’s Market Development Officer Kirstie Jones said: “HCC supports independent butchers all year round through point-of-sale material and other promotions through our Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef butchers’ club.
“There is so much innovation and high-quality produce at Wales’s artisan butchers, and we were very proud to partner with Meat Trades Journal to support the Butcher Shop of the Year awards again this year,” she added.
“Welsh butchers have had great success in recent times, with HCC scholar Peter Rushforth being crowned UK Young Butcher of the Year in 2016,” said Kirstie. “Many congratulations to Eynon’s, N.S. James and of course Edwards of Conwy on their accolades.”
Ieuan Edwards, owner of Edwards of Conwy said: “Winning this latest accolade has generated a real ‘buzz’ within the business, our loyal customers are also delighted! As strong supporters of PGI Welsh Lamb and Beef it’s a huge honour to be crowned Best Welsh Butcher 2017.”