An award-winning north-east butcher’s shop which is this year celebrating its landmark 25th anniversary in business is challenging its customers to create a signature sausage fit for a queen.
Crowning glory awaits the lucky winner of George Payne Butchers’ 25th anniversary and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee sausage recipe competition. George is pictured left with his ‘crown of sausages,’ joined by the shop’s Jack Levinson.
The milestone for George Payne Butchers in Brunton Park, Gosforth, coincides with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June and the shop is inviting customers to use their imagination and dream up a right royal banger recipe - a brand-new sausage flavour specially for its own anniversary and the Diamond Jubilee.
The winner will not only see his or her stately sizzlers produced in-house and sold over the butchers’ counter at the Princes Road shop, but a complimentary pack will also be sent to the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Customers need to come up with a brand-new sausage flavour they think is fit for royalty – and say why they have chosen it. Written entries should be submitted to the shop – they can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for entries is Monday, May 21.
George Payne explained: “Throughout our many years in business, we have had a policy of sourcing our meat only from local farmers and the pork we use in our sausages is from rare breed pigs raised by Tom and Karen Burn at Hunting Hall Farm in Beal, Northumberland.
“Sausage recipes should reflect this commitment to supporting local farmers and local produce, though we will look carefully at all suggestions – traditional or weird and wonderful!
“The sky’s the limit as far as we are concerned and we welcome entries from younger generations, individually or perhaps as part of a school project, as one of our philosophies is to educate children and young people about the importance of eating healthy, sustainable locally produced food.
“We will announce the winner ahead of our 25th anniversary and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee festivities.”
The person who invents the majestic new flavour will win 10lbs of their own sausages, a bottle of Champagne with which to toast their own success, Payne’s anniversary and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, plus a £50 George Payne meat voucher.
George added: “Like our landmark 25th anniversary, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is one of the highlights of the year and we wanted to combine them and do something different by inviting people – adults and children alike – to cook up a sausage recipe fit for the sovereign.”
George, who has been a traditional family butcher for over 40 years, established his own business in Brunton Park in June, 1987. He remains one of celebrity chef Rick Stein’s “Food Heroes” and is a founder member of the national Butchers Q, which represents many of the UK’s leading independent meat retailers.
The business has won many local, regional, national and international awards for its products over the years in meat industry competitions.
Also for its 25th anniversary on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, George Payne Butchers will be selling beef topside at 1987 prices, along with special offers on sausages.
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