Butchers bring home the bacon at industry awards

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Two butchers brought home the bacon after being honoured at this year’s Butchers Q Guild Smithfield awards.

CN Wright in Alfreton Road, Codnor, scooped a coveted diamond award for its pork pie – the best cold eating and bakery product and also best English pork product.

The firm bagged five gold awards in total, the others falling to its pork sausage, pork and sage sausage, pork and apple with caramelised onion sausage, and stuffed loin of pork.

Arthur Wright, of CN Wright, said: “We’ve won the pork pie award before in 2011 so it’s nice to win again. It’s a different seasoning this time so it’s good that’s gone down well.

“We’re an old established butchers – we’ve been trading since 1888.

“I’m the fourth generation and my son is the fifth generation. Everybody’s been involved in the effort – all the staff. It’s great for everyone.”

Owen Taylor & Sons, of Main Road Leabrooks, also picked up five gold awards for its best pork sausage, country special sausage, chilli and sweet red onion steak burger, 1lb chicken and lamb lollipops.

Lee Gould, food safety manager at Owen Taylor & Sons, said: “Our pork sausage is made with locally sourced farm assured pork, it’s a long-standing product and very popular sausage.”

All were judged by independent panels of food and meat industry experts.