I was delighted to meet the team from Brackley Butchers earlier today in the House of Lords for the national finals of the Countryside Alliance’s Rural Oscars.
In their 14th year, the Rural Oscars are known as the “gold standard” in recognising the skills, produce, tradition, enterprise, and the people behind the success stories.
Brackley Butchers were named as the Countryside Alliance’s Champion in the butcher category, and have been presented with a special plaque to fix to the outside of their shop.
The New Inn in Abthorpe won the regional award in the Midlands for the best pub, and Sulgrave Village Shop and Post Office was highly commended in their category of best village shop.
I am a huge supporter of the fantastic independent retailers and food sellers across Northants – not to mention all the farmers, growers, producers, bakers, cooks, and many others who deliver so much wonderful locally-sourced food and drink – I try to visit as many as I can, and to buy locally wherever possible.
I am absolutely delighted for Brackley Butchers who truly deserved to win this award, and I congratulate Margaret, Robi, Stephen and Richard for their success. I know how valued the butchers is to the town, and I am sure that people will be stopping by to congratulate them in the coming days and weeks.
Well done as well to Rob and his team at the New Inn for winning the regional award for the best pub; the New Inn is a fantastic local pub and comes highly recommended - it’s also my local, and I’m a big personal fan of theirs!