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Celebrating Lincolnshire's brilliant bangers! Winners of the Butchers Pride Competition announced... with Spalding, Boston, Holbeach, Long Sutton and Gosberton businesses among those earning plaudits





Our brilliant bangers were celebrated last week at the 12th annual Butchers Pride Sausage Competition.

The panel of judges were given a real mouthful at Spalding’s Woodlands Hotel on Friday, as they took on the delicious taste test.

This year saw 16 scrumptious sausages from butchers located in South Holland, the Deepings and Boston entered into the Lincolnshire category - and a further nine more exotic flavours go-head-to-head in the Specialist section.

Chef Nicky Andrew prepares the sausages (63093938)
Chef Nicky Andrew prepares the sausages (63093938)

And while there’s no such thing as a bad Lincolnshire sausage, there had to be a winner.

This year’s entrants were all marked out of 10 for appearance, flavour, texture and taste by the judging panel, which included MP Sir John Hayes (event chairman), Claire Foster (Boston College principal), Simon Beardsley (CEO Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce), Louise Young (Bridge Farm Group), Alan Pattinson (The Sack Store) and Duncan Browne (Lincs Free Press/Spalding Guardian).

The overall winner and first in the Lincolnshire category was Bycrofts of Boston, the judges believing it had the right balance of sage in the flavour, a nice aroma and lovely texture.

The Sausage festival judging gets underway. Back l-r: Alan Pattison, Simon Beardsley, Louise Young, Duncan Browne .Front: Claire Foster, Sir John Hayes (63093921)
The Sausage festival judging gets underway. Back l-r: Alan Pattison, Simon Beardsley, Louise Young, Duncan Browne .Front: Claire Foster, Sir John Hayes (63093921)

Algarkirk’s Pinchin’s Farm Shop, the 2022 winners put in a strong defence with a great tasting sausage finishing in the top five and the judges gave it a Commendation Award, along with Shearers of Holbeach and S&S Butcher in Long Sutton.

The competition also included a Butchers Choice speciality sausage category which adds a dimension of unpredictability given the variety of content on offer.

Proof if that were needed came from the winning entry submitted by George Adams of Spalding who came through with a cheese and Marmite flavoured sausage.

Duncan Browne tucks into one of the sausage contenders (63093915)
Duncan Browne tucks into one of the sausage contenders (63093915)

Entries included a venison, red onion and pepper from Shearers, a pork, beer and mustard sausage from Bennetts of Spalding (coming a close second, being described by one judge as the perfect barbeque sausage) and a caramelised red onion sausage from Grange Farm Butchers of Gosberton which also received a judges’ commendation.

Boston College’s Innovation and Partnerships team organised the event.

“A key part of our role is to facilitate business success, supporting skills, recruitment, training, productivity and investment critical to growing our regional economy” said George Bell, the college’s Business Development Manager, who has been involved since the competition’s inception and also draws on his connectivity to bring together the panel of judges representing business as well as those sausages.

Chef Nicky Andrew preparing the sausages for cooking (63093935)
Chef Nicky Andrew preparing the sausages for cooking (63093935)
Sir John Hayes shows off one of the sausage contenders (63093920)
Sir John Hayes shows off one of the sausage contenders (63093920)
The Sausage festival judging gets underway at the Woodlands Hotel in Spalding (63093914)
The Sausage festival judging gets underway at the Woodlands Hotel in Spalding (63093914)
Kane Holmes (Woodlands Hotel), brings out the sausages.. (63093902)
Kane Holmes (Woodlands Hotel), brings out the sausages.. (63093902)
Michelle Reeves and George Bell oversee the judging (63093893)
Michelle Reeves and George Bell oversee the judging (63093893)
The Sausage festival judging gets underway at the Woodlands Hotel in Spalding. L-R: Michelle Reeves, Michelle Holmes (Woodlands Hotel), Nicky Andrew (Woodlands Hotel), Louise Young, Sir John Hayes, Simon Beardsley, Alan Pattison, Duncan Browne, George Bell (63093890)
The Sausage festival judging gets underway at the Woodlands Hotel in Spalding. L-R: Michelle Reeves, Michelle Holmes (Woodlands Hotel), Nicky Andrew (Woodlands Hotel), Louise Young, Sir John Hayes, Simon Beardsley, Alan Pattison, Duncan Browne, George Bell (63093890)

“Although this competition may be one of the more creative ways we achieve this, it is also one of the most effective.”

The Woodlands Hotel was thanked for its hospitality, and also for cooking the sausages.

Butchers Pride Roll of Honour 2023

Overall Winner: Bycrofts of Boston

Lincolnshire Winner: Bycrofts of Boston

Speciality Winner: George Adams, Spalding (cheese and Marmite)

Highly Commended: G. Shearer and Son, Holbeach (gluten free Lincolnshire sausage), S&S Butchers, Long Sutton (Lincolnshire), Pinchin’s Farm Shop (gluten free Lincolnshire), Bennetts Butchers, Spalding (pork, beer and mustard sausage), Grange Farm, Gosberton (caramelised red onion sausage)

Finalist butchers: Dawsons, Boston, Dunhams, Boston, M&H Butchers, Wyberton, Ivys Butchers, Tulipland Butchers



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