'Rural Oscar' nomination for Warfield butcherBy Becky Barnes
January 23, 2013
Hornbuckle Big Boys, Saddleback Sows and Champion Welsh Boars have helped a family of butchers receive a nomination for a ‘Rural Oscar’.
Butcher James Quinn, 33, of Quintessential Meats in Warfield, is one of three finalists in the butcher category for the South East Countryside Alliance Awards 2012, and these pigs are just some of the rare breeds used in his sausages.
James, who lives on the 600-acre farm at Cedar Villa, Hawthorn Hill, with wife Charlotte, 35, and children Eleanor, six, Thomas, two, and
four-month-old William, said the nomination was a surprise.
He said: “I don’t know who nominated me, but I got a letter through the post a few weeks ago.
“It came as a bit of a surprise but it is really good and very nice to be nominated.
“The nomination was to do with rural business and our customer service, and we will find out whether we have won in March.”
The father-of-three, who met Charlotte at agricultural college in Hampshire, believes British farming sets the precedent for other countries.
He said: “There are a wealth of farming traditions on this island so it is such a shame people have settled for lesser imports.
“The rest of the world looks to us British for how to do farming.”
Although the business has only been trading since September 2011, its traditional sausages have already won an award, in June last year, at Windsor racecourse.
The couple also produce unusual combinations including venison and red wine, lamb and mint, and pork and chilli sausages, as well as dry-cured farmhouse bacon, which is cured on the farm, and homemade faggots.
James said: “We are a local, family-run farm with a butchers, and we have supplied local businesses and pubs since we opened in September 2011.”
The family shares the farm with James’s sister-in-law and brother-in-law who farm sheep, and his wife’s parents have farmed there since the First World War.
He said: “We have a brilliant working relationship – it’s a big farm.”
This is the eighth year the Countryside Alliance Awards have taken place, with the nickname ‘Rural Oscars’.
The awards celebrate the character, skills, traditions and enterprise of the countryside through the people who work so hard to make it tick.
The winners will be announced in March. For further information about Quintessential Meats, visit www.quintessentialmeats.co.uk