Linconshire-based butchers Kirk’s has been crowned Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2018, beating off top-quality competition to become the best shop in the land.
At the packed event at Etc. Venues County Hall, London on 5 November, thirteen categories were decided, with just one of the regional category winners announced as Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2018. According to the judges, this year’s competition saw some of the tightest category judging in many years, with industry experts having to deliberate fiercely to decide a winner.
Meat Trades Journal’s Aidan Fortune praised the finalists and the overall winner. “All of the finalists, and category winners displayed an extremely high standard, making judging for this year’s competition very difficult. Every single one of these businesses are at the very top of their game and are providing a fantastic service to their communities.
“The overall winner, Kirk’s displayed top quality produce at value prices, delivered in a professional fashion. The judging panel were impressed by the team’s attention to detail when it came to range, display and hygiene. They are a very worthy winner of Butcher’s Shop of the Year and a great ambassador for the butchery industry.”
Owner Andrew Kirk said he was overjoyed to have been crowned Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2018 and praised his staff. “It’s a testament to our entire team and the hard work put into the business. We’re in there every day grafting hard and serving our community, and this is recognition of that work. We’re overjoyed to have won this award and would encourage every butcher to enter next year to show off their business.”
Butcher's Shop of the Year 2018 Winners
Farm Shop of the Year Cannon Hall Farm Shop
Food Hall Butchery Business of the Year Cunningham Butchers & Food Hall
Halal Butcher’s Shop of the Year Gafoor Pure Halal Retail
Innovation of the Year Hunters of Kinross – Butchers At The Heart Of Communities
Midlands & East of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year Kirk’s
New Butchery Business of the Year Block & Bottle
North of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year Bexleys Craft Butchers
Northern Ireland Butcher’s Shop of the Year H & J Carnduff
Online Butchery Business of the Year Field & Flower
Scottish Butcher’s Shop of the Year Bert Fowlie Family Butcher
South of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year Surrey Hills Butchers
Welsh Butcher’s Shop of the Year Edwards of Conwy
Young Butcher of the Year Charlie Davidson – H & J Carnduff
Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2018 Kirk’s