The votes are in! Our hunt for Hampshire's favourite butcher is over and we have not one but two winners! After two weeks of voting via the Hampshire Fare website and Daily Echo text lines Farmer’s Choice near Fareham and Uptons of Bassett near Southampton have been crowned as the county's favourite butchers.
Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager of Hampshire Fare, commented: “After applauding our county’s butchers at the recent Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition we wanted to give the public an opportunity to have a say. We have had a brilliant response from customers across the county who love the service their butchers offer them. Congratulations to our winners, two fantastic businesses committed to quality customer service.”
Uptons of Bassett is owned by Simon Broadribb who has been a butcher all his life. Simon and his enthusiastic team serve a wide range of traceable meats many of which are sourced locally in Hampshire. Voters’ comments recognised the quality of the products and service: “Brilliant customer service, local produce, knowledgeable and passionate staff” “Consistently great food and great service. Really feels likes your local village butcher” “The best quality produce I have ever found in a butchers with such an extensive and varied range of products”.
Simon is very happy about the win: “All that we do is for our customers, so it is really rewarding to know that we are doing it right! We are passionate about what we do and only ever want to deliver the best product and service to our customers. A big thank you from us all to everyone who voted for us.”
Farmer’s Choice was established over thirty years ago with the aim of delivering food from the farm to the doorstep. Orders are placed online or over the phone and delivers are made nationwide with the focus firmly on Hampshire produce. Voters’ comments included: “Great fresh produce, ethical and local approach, community-minded, delivery service, but overall great quality products” “ Meat is always very good quality and the service is second to none”
Jason Crotty, owner of Farmer’s Choice, is delighted by the win: “We are really happy to know our customers value the service we deliver. We are focused on keeping things local with as much sourced in Hampshire as possible so it is rewarding to know the people of Hampshire value this service.”
For their prize the winning butchers will each enjoy a meal for two at an Ideal Collection venue.