A Harrogate butchers shop at the Great Yorkshire Showground has scooped an award for being the best in the north of England.
Fodder was named North of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year at the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2020 on Monday.
The shop, which opened in 2009 and is run by the Yorkshire Agriculture Society, was described by judges as “an excellent business, showing innovation and community as well as charitable support”.
Fodder opened in response to the foot and mouth crisis that devastated farming. The shop now works with 430 local farmers and producers.
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Heather Parry, managing director of Fodder, said:
“We are thrilled that our butchery has been recognised as the North of England’s finest and one of the very best in the whole of the UK.
“This award is a great endorsement of the quality of our meat, which has been reared to perfection on the very best local farms, as well as the skills of our talented and knowledgeable butchery team who are able to advise customers on how best to cook our products when they get home.
“Our team works incredibly hard to create a beautiful counter every day and offer outstanding service too.”
The Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards, which is organised by Meat Trades Journal, includes 12 categories and is judged by a panel of butchery experts, including a “mystery shopper” visit to the 35 finalists.
Among the other awards include Butcher’s Shop of the Year, Online Butchery Business of the Year and Farm Shop of the Year.
The awards ceremony was held online amid the coronavirus pandemic.