Everyone at Archer's is ecstatic that we have been crowned champion of champions at the British Pork Executive (BPEX) National Awards in London!
BPEX is a division of The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. Read the BPEX News Release >
At Archer's we all work very hard to ensure that the food we produce is of the very highest quality, and to be recognised in this way as the best in the country is thrilling.
In 2011 we were delighted to be chosen as BPEX East of England Champion (see news story below) which meant that we went, along with the other regional champions, to the national final in June 2012.
Click the image below to read the article that appeared in the Eastern Evening News >
BPEX, a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, has chosen James Archer as the Overall Champion for the East of England 2011.
The BPEX news release stated: "Overall winner Archers Butchers' 'Pork Wellington' was praised by the judges as containing some of the most tender and tasty pork they'd eaten and these comments have given the first time entrant, James Archer, a huge boost and a keen desire to enter more competitions. He said: "It was an amazing day out and we never expected to do so well."
The third generation butcher took over the shop from his father two years ago but has continued the ethos of providing good quality, free-range local pork, while introducing some new added value products.
James added: "We decided to replace our popular, traditional Beef Wellington, with a version using pork fillet for the evaluation – and the result was just phenomenal. We've now put it on sale in the shop and hope our customers enjoy it as much as the judges.
"We're already quite well known for our sausages, so it is fantastic to get recognition for another product. The event itself has been really useful and the judges gave us some great feedback to help us improve and will stand us in good stead for the next competition!"
As Overall Champion for the East of England James Archer will also go on to compete in the National Final with the seven other regional champions, in June 2012."
Congratulations to Gemma Goodwin of Norwich who was the lucky winner of our barbecue prize draw. Gemma was delighted to win, and said, "I never win anything, so this was a lovely surprise!"
The winner of our free prize draw receiving her prize from James Archer
Gemma won £50 worth of Archer's renowned barbecue meats in the draw held in May 2011.
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The people of Norfolk voted Archer's sausages the best in the 2010 Battle of the Bangers contest, held at the Forum in Norwich as part of the Norfolk Food Festival.
This is the third win for Archer's Butchers since 2006.
Several local butchers cooked thousands of sausages and visitors sampled the bangers before casting their votes. Nine year old Chris Francis, who voted for Archer's, said, "They're more meaty than the other ones."
The annual contest was organised by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA). Sarah de Chair, show manager for the RNAA, said, "It's been the most successful I've run, despite the weather. We reckon we had just over 4000 people through to vote."
We'd like to thank everyone who voted for us at the Battle of the Bangers 2011 contest. We strive to produce the best quality sausages available, and the recognition of our dedication to the highest standards is greatly appreciated.
The team from Archer's Butchers with their 2011 Battle of the Bangers awards. From left: Ian Plunkett, James Archer, Elliot King and Jamie Flynn
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