Evans the Butchers of Langport are delighted to be recognised in the South West Butcher category. The company has always been passionate about local produce and promoting local suppliers so are thrilled to have won. Pedro Aparicio says “This is the first year that we were entered and we have been overwhelmed by the local support. We are incredibly proud of our local produce and suppliers and are delighted to have won. Thank you”
The regional champions were judged by an expert panel which featured the Secretary of State for Defra, Owen Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright, as well as Butcher Liveryman David Lidgate, Emma Penny of Farmers Guardian, Philip Johnston of the Daily Telegraph and Chris Dewbury of Hunter Boot.
Based in Langport, at the heart of the Somerset Levels, Evans the Butchers began trading in 2008 when Gareth Evans bought an existing butchers shop. In 2009 Gareth was joined by Pedro Aparicio and his wife Clare. As their reputation grew, so did the call for their catering skills and there are not many parties, weddings and shows in Somerset that have not involved their hog roasts, BBQ and steak nights. In fact Clare is frequently asked to provide her own twist on Pork Pie wedding cakes or to assist caterers and restaurants with their functions.
Evans the Butchers has taken a traditional butchers shop and made it a one stop shop, selling not only the finest local meat products, but with an extensive delicatessen counter, a selection of pre-cooked dishes for parties and an alcohol licence enabling them to sell locally- made wines and ciders. Gareth, Pedro, Clare and their team of young apprentices have worked hard to ensure that they customer needs are met.
All regional winners will now head to London for the Winners' Reception at Parliament on 13th March where the Countryside Alliance will announce the UK & Ireland Champions. The Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, will be on-hand to present the winners' with their Rural Oscars.