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Scotch Pie World Championships 2019

Dales Butchers Makes Shortlist!

Following a day of judging in Dunfermline, by a panel of over 50 judges, we’re proud to say that Dales Butchers has secured a place on the shortlist for the 20th World Championship Scotch Pie Awards!

Almost 500 products were entered into the 11 different categories and they were expertly judged on appearance, quality, consitency and taste.

The winner will be announced at a prestigious luncheon on January 15 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld.

President of the Scottish bakers Ronnie Miles at the judging for the 20th annual World Championship Scotch Pie Awards in Dunfermline.

“The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards is the only competition of its kind recognising excellence in the preparation of a perfect pie” said Alasdair Smith, chief executive of Scottish Bakers. “The competition is now a regular fixture on the calendar as butchers and bakers throughout the land vie for pie supremacy and the boost to their business that always comes with such a sought after title.”

Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair

Hot Food and Drinks

This Friday sees the return of the Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair. Taking place from Friday to Sunday (November 30th to December 2nd), the town’s streets will be bejewelled with twinkling Christmas lights and there will be music, carols and festive cheer all around. 

And, although we don’t have our usual hot food stall in the Market Square, we do have plenty to tempt you to venture further up the street. We’re also open until 7pm on Friday night and, if you fancy popping along, we’ll be giving away free mince pies and mulled wine!

Here’s a taster of what else is going on …

  • Free park and ride
  • Guided lantern walks through the town
  • Light show in the Market Square
  • Father Christmas in his Grotto
  • Parades through town Saturday and Sunday
  • Festive food, mulled wine, hot chocolate, churros
  • Festive activities and crafts for all the family
  • Indoor and outdoor markets, alongside our unique high street shops
  • Music, carols and festive cheer all weekend

Scotch Pie Win

Dales Butchers Award Winning Pies

We were happy to see that we made it onto the winners podium again, last week.

We’ve been pretty successful winning awards with our delicious, handmade pies over the years and it was our Scotch and Haggis Pie that landed us a prize this time, scooping us the winners title in the ‘Speciality Hot Eating Pie’ category.

The award was presented at the English Winter Fair, which took place at the Staffordshire County Showground.

Dales Butchers prize for winning the Speciality Hot Eating Pie category at the English Winter Fair

Winter Warmers

Special Offers for Winter Cooking

As the colder weather starts to bite, we thought we’d give you something to get your teeth stuck in to.

These ‘winter warmer’ packs offer great value and will save you more than 10% over our regular counter prices.

Don’t forget, within a 15 mile radius of the shop, we’ll deliver all orders over £25 for FREE! And, if you order via the website, all orders over £75 will be delivered free to almost anywhere in the UK.

winter offers at dales butchers - mixed winter warmer pack
speial offers at dales butchers - roasting pack

UK Sausage Week

Celebrating the Great British Banger!

As you’d expect, we’re always happy to join in the celebrations for UK Sausage Week here at Dales Butchers. We’ll have 20+ sausage varieties on offer throughout UK Sausage Week, including several gluten free options and a good number of our previous award-winners. 

Organised by the team over at Meat Management Magazine, UK Sausage Week is an opportunity for the whole of the meat industry to get behind one of the nation’s favourite culinary delights and to celebrate the fabulous versatility of the ever popular Great British banger.

At Dales Butchers, we’re adding to the UK Sausage Week celebrations by donating 25p for each kg of sausages we sell throughout the week to each of these two very worthy causes – the North West Air Ambulance charity and to See and Know (a local, volunteer led playgroup in Kirkby Lonsdale)

Dales Butchers - UK Sausage Week Awards

UK Sausage Week Awards

Although we’ve previously been fairly successful when it comes to receiving awards for our top quality bangers, I’m afraid we didn’t have any winners this year. However, we did get a couple of runner up postions for our Chicken, Black Pudding & Thyme Sausage, and also for our Lamb and Apricot Sausage. In addition to these we ralso received a ‘highly commended’ for our traditional pork sausage. We’ll try harder next year!

In the meantime, you don’t need to wait for another UK Sausage Week to come back around. As always, our sausage making will be continuing unabated and we invite you to come in and give something new a try.

Here’s a selection of what varieties you might expect to find on offer from our repertoir of over 50 varieties: Harissa Lamb – Beef & Marmite – Merguez – Pork & Caramel – Traditional Cumberland – Westmorland – Pork, Apple & Sage – Pork & Stilton – Pork & Leek – Spanish Style Chorizo – Mexicano Pork – Chicken, Lemon & Coriander – Turkey & Cranberry – Beef & Wholegrain Mustard – Pork & Mr Vikkis Chilli Jam – Chill, Duck & Pork – Old Dubliner – New Yorker – Pork, Honey & Mustard

JOIN THE TEAM!

Come and join the team at Dales Butchers!

We currently have a few jobs vacancies at Dales Butchers. If you’re hard working, conscientious and reliable, and you’d like to join the team, please get in touch!

The pay rate for each role is negotiable, depending on your experience. Please send your application (including CV), for the attention of Mark Duckworth, to email: shop@dalesbutchers or mail to: Dales Butchers, 2 Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2AU – Tel: 01524 271278

DALES BUTCHERS NAMED SUPREME CHAMPION AT THE NATIONAL BBQ AWARDS

Dales Traditional Butchers of Kirkby Lonsdale proved it was king of the grill as it won the Speciality BBQ Product category at the Q Guild of Butchers National BBQ Awards, with its Lamb Rump and then went on to take the crown of Supreme Champion.

The competition, which took place on Sunday 13th May at Aubrey Park Hotel in Hertfordshire, saw butcher Mark Duckworth beat off a host of other butchers from across the country to take the top prize at the awards dinner at the hotel on Sunday night.

The products were cooked by one of the UK’s most exciting, up and coming BBQ chefs, Sam Wanstall from Torque Pitt BBQ and judged on a host of criteria including visual appeal, commerciality, presentation and, of course, taste, by the panel of experts which included Karl Pendlebury AHDB Beef and Lamb and Tom Lavelle from The Alfresco Chef.

Mark won the Speciality BBQ category with his Lamb rump, a beautifully tender piece of Cumbrian lamb marinated with rosemary. Each of the category winners were then judged for the Supreme Champion with Mark taking the accolade.

The judges said:

This really was the very best product of the day. The flavour was just gorgeous. The closest thing to heaven on a BBQ!

Winning butcher, Mark Duckworth, was delighted with the award:

“I was completely gobsmacked! It’s a great achievement for all our staff. We only joined the Q Guild this year, so to represent the North West and win not one, but two national awards for the Lamb Rump in the first year is fantastic. We are thrilled to bits.”

The BBQ Awards are held annually and are open to any of the 100 plus members of the Q Guild of Butchers throughout the UK. The seven regional heats, which took place in March, April and early May covering Scotland, Wales, South, South West, North East, North West, East and Midlands, each delivered one winner for the national finals. The six BBQ product categories were steak (prepared using only salt and pepper), traditional sausage, burger, speciality sausage, speciality burger and speciality BBQ product. 

The winning lamb rump, as well as a variety of other products for the BBQ are available from the shop at 2 Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AU 

GOING FOR GOLD AT THE SMITHFIELD AWARDS 2018

We’re currently celebrating another nice award win here at Dales Butchers!

Organised by the Q Guild of Butchers, the Smithfield Awards took place in London on the 7th of February and they recognise and reward some of the country’s best butchers. An independent panel of food and meat industry experts blind judge products in 18 categories, such as: Pies, Sausages, Ready-Meals, Gluten-Free Products, and more. Nigel Barden, whom many of you will know from Radio 2’s Simon Mayo programme, announced the awards and we were really pleased to come away with 7 Gold Awards in total.