Blacker Hall Farm Shop brings home five butchers’ BAFTAs

Blacker Hall Farm Shop team
Blacker Hall Farm Shop team

A chilli scotch egg helped Blacker Hall Farm Shop clutch gold at the ‘butchers’ BAFTAs’.

The Calder Grove-based business bagged a quintet of prizes in the prestigious 2013 Smithfield Awards, contested by Q Guild butchers nationwide.

Blacker Hall Farm Shop, on Branch Road, struck gold for its streaky bacon, dry-cured gammon steaks, leg of lamb roast and two kitchen-ready products: leek, cheese and bacon chicken; and chilli scotch egg.

Some 360-plus individual products from butchers nationwide were submitted for this year’s Smithfield Awards, also known as the Butchers’ BAFTAs.

The prizes were presented by celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli in the Butchers Hall in Smithfield, London, last Wednesday.

Blacker Hall Farm Shop, run by husband and wife team Edward and Cheryl Garthwaite, is no stranger to success. It has been crowned the best farm shop in both Yorkshire and the UK, and the UK’s best on-farm butchery.

This year, it also became Wakefield Food Retailer of the Year in our business awards.

Director Cheryl Garthwaite, speaking of their most recent successes, said: “We are absolutely delighted. We are always trying to do the best we can in terms of producing a really authentic product by hand. A lot of work goes into them and it’s real people who make them. Particularly with the bacon, it’s dry cured with our own pork by our farm butchers.”