Ambrose Bring Home the Bacon!

Ambrose Bring Home the Bacon!

Having been postponed earlier in the month due to the snow, local butchers and producers finally gathered at Rownhams House and Gardens on Thursday 15th March for the much-anticipated results of the Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition organised by Hampshire Fare.

This year’s competition attracted a record-breaking 261 entries from 46 butchers across 12 categories which were all judged by a panel of national judges. The categories included Traditional Pork Sausage, Black Pudding, Hot Pie, Speciality Sausage, Home-cured Bacon, Cold Pie, Young Sausage Maker and Traditional Pork Pie. Judging took place in February at Eastleigh College with the assistance of staff and students from the college’s hospitality and catering department.

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager of Hampshire Fare commented: “The judges were extremely positive about the quality of this year’s entries. Many of the judges have been involved in this annual competition for several years and were able to notice a real improvement in the standard of the products entered. Our butchers and producers did Hampshire proud.”

Guests gathered at the wedding, events and office space, Rownhams House, where they were treated to sausage and pie themed canapés prepared and served by Vanilla Catering. The awards were hosted by BBC South Business Correspondent, Alastair Fee, who is an avid follower of Hampshire’s local food scene.

The winners across all 12 categories were announced first and invited to the stage to receive their trophy. 

Young Sausage Maker Champion 2018
Tom Howting from Danestream Farm Shop
with their pork and chilli sausage
Presented by Lucas Ingredients

Cold Pies Champion 2018
Crow Farm Shop, Ringwood
Large Gala Pie
Presented by Santa Maria

Home-cured bacon Champion 2018
Ambrose Sausages, Bishopstoke
BBQ Back Bacon
Presented by Mozzo Coffee       

Meatballs & Faggots Champion 2018
Greenfield Pork, Andover
Pork Faggots
Presented by Lucas Ingredients

Hot Pies Champion 2018
Mud Foods, Midhurst
Steak and Ale Pie
Presented by Dalziel

Black Pudding Champion 2018
Tatchbury Manor Farm, Winsor
Smoked Black Pudding
Presented by Dalziel

Traditional Pork Pie Champion 2018
Crow Farm Shop, Ringwood
Presented by Mozzo Coffee

Hampshire Charcuterie Champion 2018
Ambrose Sausages, Bishopstoke
Truffle Guanciale
Presented by Santa Maria

Traditional Pork Sausage Champion 2018
A Turner and Sons, Aldershot
Presented by Dalziel

Speciality Pork Sausage Champion 2018
C.E Evans and Son, Alresford
Pork, Watercress and Stilton Sausage
Presented by Lucas Ingredients

Hampshire Sausage Champion 2018 - Hampshire Fare Trophy
The Good Life Farm Shop, Winchester
Hampshire Honey and Upham Tipster Ale Sausage
Presented by Hampshire Fare

Lamb/Beef Sausage Champion
LJ Smith Family Butchers T/A Smith Butchers, Eastleigh and Bishopstoke
Beef and Caramelised Onion Sausage
Presented by Mozzo

From these category winners just one product was singled-out by the judges as the very best entry across the whole competition. The Supreme Champion 2018 was presented to Ambrose Sausages for their BBQ Back Bacon. Owned by Sue and Phil Ambrose, who rear their own pigs as well as producing award-winning products, the business is located near Bishopstoke but trades across the county and online.

Sue Ambrose commented on their success: “We are overwhelmed, surprised and delighted! This year we entered some of our newest products, mainly to test ourselves and also for the expert feedback from the judges. To win in two categories and also overall is just brilliant. We know our customers have been rooting for us, we look forward to sharing our good news with them!”

The event was sponsored by Lucas Ingredients, AHDB, Dalziel, Santa Maria, Rational, Eastleigh College and Mozzo. The competition was also supported by Vanilla Catering, Rownhams House, Danebury Wine, New Forest Water, Sunnyfields and Upham Brewery.