Antiques expert, TV presenter and UK Sausage Ambassador Eric Knowles presented butchers, supermarkets and manufacturers with their winning trophies.

UK Sausage Week (30th October – 5th November) is an annual week – long celebration, showcas ing the best of British bangers.

A total of 27 best banger accolades were handed out , and The UK Supreme Sausage Champion title went to Kent butchers JC Rook & Sons Ltd for its Battle of Britain Memorial Sausage.

Co-op won the Retailer: Traditional category with its Butcher’s Choice Cumberland Sausage and Waitrose was a clear winner in the Retailer:Innovative section.

Other independent retail butchers up and down the country won in respective regional categories and in Foodservice, Traditional and Innovative winners were Campbells Prime Ltd and Solent Butchers Ltd respectively.

A full list of results can be found below.

Eric said he was delighted to be involved with UK Sausage Week . He commented: “People often say to me , ‘I don’t know much about art but I know what I like!’ The same could be said about me and sausages. I wouldn’t claim to be a sausage expert but I certainly know a good one when I’m eating it.”

The search to find the best UK sausages set off with sizzling success when over 400 different bangers arrived at The Regional Food Academy at Harper Adams University for two days of judging in the run up to UK Sausage Week.

The sausages were assessed in their raw state and cooked by professional home economists, according to the maker’s instructions. They were then judged by some of the UK’s most experienced experts, including Ladies in Pigs , all under the wa tchful eye of head judge and UK Sausage Week’s supremo ‘Sausageologist’ Keith Fisher.

Foodservice: Traditional

Traditional Breakfast Sausage – Campbells Prime Meat Ltd

Foodservice: Innovative

Mediterranean Pork Sausage – Solent Butchers Ltd

Retailer: Traditional

Co – op Butcher’s Choice Cumberland Sausage 454g – Tulip

Retailer: Innovative

Waitrose 6 British Pork Sausages with Bramley Apple – Walkers Sausage Co

Best Manufacturer/Own Brand: Traditional

The Black Farmer Premium Pork Sausages – The Black Farmer

Best Manufacturer/Own Brand: Innovative

Porky Lights Lower Fat sausage – Graham White & Co Ltd

Wales: Traditional

Traditional thick pork sausage – Martin Player High Class Butcher

 Wales: Innovative

Pork with Gin and Ginger Sausage – Vaughans Family Butchers

Scotland: Traditional

Special Pork Sausage – Crombies of Edinburgh

Scotland: Innovative

Bennachie Bangers – A & G Collie Butchers

Northern Ireland: Traditional

Traditional Pork sausage – McCartney’s of Moira Ltd

Northern Ireland: Innovative

Booker Blackgate British Pork & Kentish Cider Apple Sausages – Finnebrogue

Best Independent Butcher: South West: Traditional

Traditional Pork Sausage – Tim Potter Son & Daughter Ltd

Best Independent Butcher: South West: Innovative

Squire Trelawney – James Kittow – Butcher & Grazier

Best Independent Butcher: South East: Tradi tional

Traditional Pork Sausage – Owtons Butchers

Best Independent Butcher: South East: Innovative

Mrs Christmas’ Festive Sausage – J C Rook & Sons Ltd

Best Independent Butcher: West Midlands: Traditional

Maynard’s Farmhouse Cracked Black Pepper Sausage – Maynard’s Farm

Best Independent Butcher: West Midlands: Innovative

Pork, Beetroot and Apple Sausage – Ludlow Food Centre

Best Independent Butcher: East Midlands: Traditional

Taylors Country Special – Owen Taylor & Son

Best Independent Butcher: East Midlands: Innovative

Grasmere Farm Caramelised Red Onion Sausages – Grasmere Farm

Best Independent Butcher: North: Traditional

Traditional Pork Sausage – Dales Traditional Butchers Ltd

Best Independent Butcher: North: Innovative

Black and White Sausage – George Payne Butchers Ltd

Best Independent Butcher: North East: Traditional

Prime Yorkshire Pork Sausage – Elite Meat Ltd

Best Independent Butcher: North East: Innovative

Simonside Sizzler – Rothbury Family Butchers

Best Ind ependent Butcher: North West: Traditional

Sprout & Stilton Pork Sausage – J W Mettrick & Son Ltd

Best Independent Butcher: North West: Innovative

Hickory and Chipotle Sausage – H Clewlow Butchers

UK Supreme Sausage Champion:

Battle of Britain Memorial Sa usage – J C Rook & Sons Ltd

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