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Mintlaw butcher picks up six awards

By Kirsty Brown

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North-east butchers enjoyed success in the latest series of awards from Scottish Craft Butchers.

Ewan Morrice Butchers, which has premises in Mintlaw and Stuartfield, were delighted to collect six silver awards across the Speciality Burger, Traditional Beef Burger and Speciality Sausage categories.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Mr Morrice said: "This is a great boost for us.

"We only ever really enter for a bit of fun, but it's always good to get some recognition.

"We have been getting lots of great feedback for these products from our customers too, which is fantastic."

In the speciality sausage evaluation, Ewan Morrice was awarded silver for their beef blaggis (black pudding and haggis) sausage and their sweet chilli pork and white chocolate sausage.

For traditional burgers, they got lucky with their steak burger and Angus steak burger while in the speciality burger evaluation it was the honey chicken burger and chicken Rob Roy burger which impressed the judges.

The staff at both premises have been working hard to cater to the needs of their communities during the coronavirus pandemic, and the awards have come at a great time as the UK starts navigating its way into summer - and hopefully barbecue season - while still heavily restricted.

With around 25 varieties of burgers and sausages in their repertoire, Mr Morrice said: "you can never have too many different kinds" and shared that the variety of traditional and inspired flavours is popular with customers.

Also recognised in the awards were Forbes Raeburn of Huntly, John Stewart of Banff, Fraserburgh's Bruce Of The Broch and IJ McIntosh of Rosehearty.

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