Secret recipe helps farm strike gold in food awards

Boycott Farm Shop Butchery Award. From the left, Rob Thornett, chef, Richard Hilsdon, owner and Philip Hilsdon, head butcher.'130403M-E203
Boycott Farm Shop Butchery Award. From the left, Rob Thornett, chef, Richard Hilsdon, owner and Philip Hilsdon, head butcher.'130403M-E203

Father and son butchery team Richard and Philip Hilsdon from Boycott Farm Shop at Stowe have walked away with a raft of awards following a meat industry regional roadshow.

The pair presented a selection of their pork products to be judged at two EBLEX regional roadshows, with outstanding results.

They came away with eight gold, four silver and three bronze awards for their range of bacon, sausages, pork pies, scotch eggs and pates, which are all produced using traditional-breed pork reared on their farm.

Their Farmhouse Pork Pate, made from a closely-guarded secret recipe developed in the farm kitchen, was the regional winner in its class.

Mr Hilsdon Snr said: “I am extremely proud of my son Philip who has worked hard to develop our pork products to such a high standard.

“I have been changing our pigs from pure Gloucester Old Spot to a cross of traditional breeds, which has produced a superior quality of meat and the awards have made all this hard work worthwhile.

“We are a great team and together we produce quality products which our customers enjoy and trust.”

Mr Hilsdon said all his pork and beef is reared and processed on the farm, so customers can be confident that what they are buying is genuine.

The farm, which had a successful dairy herd from 1975 to 2003, found it had to diversify due to changes in the industry.

It opened a farm shop, restaurant and tearoom in 2008, and hosts regular open days and tasting events.

The business won a gold award for its Boycott Bangers at the 2011 Legendary British Banger competition and has been a three-time finalist in the FARMA local food awards.