Mighty Quinn is quintessential butcher

Published: 15 Feb 2013 06:300 comments

A WARFIELD butchery that has been recognised in the annual 'Rural Oscars' has slammed the use of horse meat in supermarket products.

James and Charlotte Quinn with children Eleanor, six, and Thomas, two, at Hornbuckle Farm.

Quintessential Meats, run by husband and wife duo James and Charlotte Quinn, has been up and running for more than two years, working from Hornbuckle Farm which has been in the family for four generations.

All the butchery is carried out on the farm by James and he prides himself on providing the best quality cuts.

He and Charlotte were delighted when it was announced on Monday that they had received a 'highly commended' award in the butcher category of the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards - also known as the Rural Oscars.

"It's just an honour to have been selected," said James. "We were down to the last three in the whole of the South East, which was great, especially as we're just trying to do our job properly."

He explained that the Hawthorn Hill farm rears its own animals to provide quality produce.

The highly-skilled butcher added: "We've got some beautiful saddleback pork at the moment, whereas big stores like Tesco are selling beef that's had saddles on its back!"

He added: "There are butcher shops closing all over the place so we're just trying to buck the trend. I believe if you get the quality and service everything else will pay off.

"We provide honest dealing with the best quality. Come support your local butcher."

The quality of Quintessential Meats is made abundantly clear by the Countryside Alliance accolade, particularly as the young company was up against local butchers who have been in the trade for more than 50 years.

Butcher Michael Humphries, from Farnham, clinched the top prize in the butcher category and will represent the south east at the UK and Ireland finals next month.

The awards - now in their eighth year - are the Countryside Alliance's annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through small hard-working businesses.

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