The steaks were high for a Skegness butchers as they waited to find out if they were to be crowned the best in the country.
But there was certainly no ‘poultry’ amount of competitors from around the UK who were also in line for the same ‘Butcher Shop of the Year 2018’ gong. Thankfully, Kirk’s proved to be a ‘cut above’ the rest - by winning the title at the Meat Trade Journal’s awards.
Owner Andrew Kirk said he was overjoyed to have been crowned the best in the country - and praised his staff. “It’s a testament to our entire team and the hard work put into the business,” he said.
“We’re in there every day grafting hard and serving our community, and this is recognition of that work.”
He added: “We’re overjoyed to have won this award and would encourage every butcher to enter next year to show off their business.”
At the packed event held in London last week, 13 categories were decided, with one of the regional category winners announced as Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2018.
Meat Trades Journal’s Aidan Fortune said: “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.”