A Whitley Bay butchers has proved to be a shining example after winning a top industry award.
C Nicholson & Son Butchers secured a top-rated diamond award in the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards.
The Park View shop clinched the coveted accolade when achieving a perfect score in the hot pies and bakery category with its best-in-class home-made individual steak and Blagdon blue cheese pie.
Kathryn Nicholson said: “We are over the moon to win such a high profile award. It’s my first diamond, but we dedicate this glowing accolade to the entire team here at Nicholsons.”
Nicholsons came away with six golds in total, including for its pork and caramelised onion sausage, Thai spiced steak burger with fresh ginger and coriander, maple and mustard glazed cola ham, Bombay Scotch egg and Northumbrian plum and sesame lamb cutlets.
Trophies and certificates were presented by Monica Galetti, one of the best-known female chefs in London and presenter and judge on BBC2’s MasterChef: The Professionals, at a ceremony at Ironmongers Hall, London.
Q Guild national chairman, Alnwick butcher Mark Turnbull, said: “The Smithfield Awards remain one of the most demanding and stringent product evaluation tests in the land and the esteem in which they are held is clearly demonstrated by the fact that this year has seen record entries from a record number of businesses.
“All products need to be at the very top of their game to stand a chance of success and nothing says ‘we’re the best’ like winning a Smithfield Award.
“They remain among the meat industry’s most esteemed accolades, not only motivating recipients to introduce even more successful products, but also providing ideas and inspiration to fellow Q Guild members across the nation.”