Sausages hand-crafted by a butcher in Stone have won a bronze medal at this year’s English Winter Fair at the County Showground in Stafford.
Griffins of Stone – which only opened in Adie’s Alley in September – has quickly become a prize-winning business after their beef and mustard sausages caught the eyes (and the tastebuds) of the judges in the produce competition.
The English Winter Fair is Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society’s two-day seasonal showcase and attracts entries from all over England. Over 150 businesses entered a range of products into the produce competition, so butcher Nick Griffin is understandably delighted to get a bronze medal.
Nick said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to get a bronze medal with our first competition entry. Me and Nick were developing some new sausage flavours and, just for a bit of fun really, we decided to enter the beef and mustard one into the competition. When we heard that we’d got a bronze medal, we couldn’t believe it. It’s just amazing.”
And for Nick, the medal demonstrates the importance of sourcing quality local produce. The 21-day matured beef for his prize-winning sausages comes from just up the road, from a farm in Hilderstone.
Nick added: “To make a quality product you need the finest ingredients, locally sourced, and that’s what we’re all about at Griffins of Stone.”
Stone goat farmer and Winter Show steward Antony Key said: “Huge well done to Nick and Danny. It’s a huge achievement and richly deserved. I wish them every success and hope to see them getting silver or gold next year.”
You can follow Griffins of Stone on Facebook, where you’ll find details of their Christmas hamper deals for the festive season
Thanks to Rebekah Fuller from Rebekah Jane Photography for the photos