Perthshire butchery clinches four gold awards in prestigious craft butchery honours

House of Bruar

Perthshire butchery at The House of Bruar has picked up four Gold Awards for its Traditional Pork,
Pork and Apple, Wild Scottish Game Sausage and their 40 Day Dry Aged Sirloin Steak.

More than 200 products were put forward by butchers from up and down the UK for evaluation in this
year’s Smithfield Awards, organised by the prestigious Q Guild of Butchers. The House of Bruar Team
are now off to London next month to see if their award winning produce will pick up the coveted
Diamond Award, presented to the best of the best in each of the eleven categories.

A cook-off, selected from a shortlist of the Diamond Award winners, on the day of the awards in
London and judged by an esteemed panel of judges, including renowned Irish butcher Pat Whelan,
will also see one butcher crowned supreme champion and awarded the Smithfield Platinum Award.

The Smithfield Awards recognise and reward the best meat products from butchers across the UK,
showcasing their craftsmanship, innovation and skill. Categories include Artisan Home-cured Bacon,
Best Black Pudding, BBQ Product, Best Butcher’s Steak, Traditional Pork Sausage and Best
Traditional Pork Pie.
The House of Bruar’s products were judged at an extensive judging sessions at the City of Glasgow
College last month, by respected industry professionals, journalists and foodies including Scotland’s
National Chef and MasterChef The Professionals winner Gary Maclean. Products were evaluated
using a points system, with the best products awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold. Gold winners in each
category will now be vying for the coveted Diamond Awards which will be announced at next month’s
awards ceremony on 24 April 2024 at Butchers’ Hall in London.

An award will also be presented to the Q Guild Young Butcher of the Year – open to all aged under 24
and designed to recognise and reward the UK’s up and coming talent who represent the very future of
the industry sector.

Gordon Wallace, Q Guild Manager said: “The Smithfield Awards serve as a platform to highlight the
pinnacle of craft butchery, elevating standards and inspiring product innovation. This year, over 200
products were submitted by Q Guild butchers from across the UK, marking it as the meat trade’s

foremost and most rigorous product evaluation event. Achieving a Gold award is a significant
accomplishment, and we extend our best wishes to The House of Bruar as we approach our
upcoming award ceremony.”

Stuart Campbell from The House of Bruar said: We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve received four
Gold awards from the esteemed Q Guild of Butchers. These awards not only serve as a prestigious
industry endorsement but also highlight the skill and innovation of our team. Here’s to the possibility of
our products being crowned the best in the UK!”

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