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 Sadie and Russell Hirst

Russell and Sadie Hirst -Multi Award Winning Artisan
Butcher and Baker


RJ Hirst High Class Family Butchers of Woodhall Spa are a multi award winning shop and producers. Husband and Wife team - Russell and Sadie Hirst are dedicated to the artisan ways of making delicious Lincolnshire food. They source the best ingredients and use time honoured methods and recipes to produce Lincolnshire Heritage Foods. Russell and Sadie look forward to welcoming you in their shop on Station Road, underneath the Clocktower, near to the world famous Dambusters Memorials.

Voting is now open for the Lincolnshire Food and Drink Awards 2016 Peoples Choice Award. We would be delighted if you could vote for us http://bit.ly/2b4ZcE6   please. Every vote is entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a Lincolnshire Cookbook. Russell and I would be most grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to cast your vote. 

Last year we were honoured to welcome the then Home Secretary Theresa May, Victoria Atkins MP and Craig Leyland to our shop. The now Prime Minister enjoyed some of our award winning Lincolnshire Sausages. For the full story see Sausage Fans website  
http://bit.ly/29HApFw  and The Horncastle News http://bit.ly/29HbbLF
We wish Prime Minister Theresa May our congratulations and we hope to send some more of our sausage to No10 very soon...

I was recently invited back as a guest again for  at
www.countylinxradio.co.uk by Patrick Webb OBE and we talked Pic Nics. local food, great music, ticket giveaways and more. Here's the link if you would like to listen 
https://t.co/oXCQKe3lKh Please support our community radio station for East  Lindsey, they provide a valuable service for us and you can get in touch with them via their website. If you would like to hear my first guest appearance on Tracks of Yours Years, here is the link. I warn you it gets a bit loud!http://www.countylinxradio.co.uk  Mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/countylinxradio/tracks-of-your-years-with-guest-sadie-hirst-030516/      
 

We are delighted to announce that we have won Select Lincolnshire Business of the Year 2015-2016 and are Finalists for Best Retailer and Best Producer for the third year running .For more information about Select Lincolnshire see http://www.selectlincolnshire.com/content/r-j-hirst
 

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  The Lincolnshire Cook Book is now out. The book includes excellent recipes from fellow food producers, restaurants, pubs and hotels across the county. We have a recipe within this delightful book for Lincolnshire Sausage and Red Onion Marmalade Plait.  This book would make an excellent present for the "foodie" in your life and is available to purchase at £14.95 from our shop, Waterstones, Amazon and all of the businesses included in the book.

In March of this year we entered The British Pie Awards, held anually in Melton Mowbray. This is the only national competition we enter and it is by far the largest, attracting over 800 entrants from across the Uk. We were up against speciality pie makers, large producers and big retailers, so for Russell and I to win two awards for our Pasty and Steak Pie was just brilliant. This was the third year running that we have won an award and it is terrific recognition of our passion for making pies!

 

October this year is the Bi-Annual County Food PoacherAwards, run by Lincolnshire County Foods. http://www.lincolnshirecountyfoods.co.uk/This prestigious competition is held at the Lincolnshire Showground and sees Butchers and Bakers across the county competing for accolades. Last time we won an award in every category we entered (see product page), so we can't wait for this October to see how we get on. Watch this space for news when we get it.

Due to the success of the shop and increased trade, we have recently expanded to a team of five, taking on our new part time sales assistant - Lisa. We feel that being such a small team - Sharon, Simon, Lisa, Russell and myself, is really the key to our success. When you come into our shop you can be assured that Russell has made and prepared your meat and I have made and baked your pies and pastries.We believe that gives us power to control the quality of what we produce and keep it consistently extremely high. Russell is the Butcher and me (Sadie)  the baker. Sharon, Simon and Lisa are dedicated to offering you the best customer service. We work very hard to make traditional Lincolnshire dishes, preserving old artisan methods and recipes. Our aim is simply to make food for you that you love to eat and for you to be confident in what you have bought.

Now in our thirteenth year at the shop, we had a wonderful surprise at the end of  our tenth anniversary year. We were notified by The Countryside Alliance that we had been voted Regional Finalists for Best Butchers Shop for the East of England. These annual awards are known fondly as the Rural Oscars. This nomination was extra special for us as it was purely driven by customers voting and nominating  us. We are still enormously grateful to everyone who took the time and effort to vote for us. We were one of only four Butchers Shops  from the Humber down to London to have made it to that stage.

Woodhall Spa has become more and more popular as an inland holiday resort and it is easy to see why, with an abundance of places to stay,  fantastic camping and caravanning parks, self catering cottages and  hotels. There is a terrific website http://www.mealsinfields.co.uk/where-to/where-to-shop/show/rj-hirst-family-butchers that offers you great tips, where to visit and where you can buy locally sourced food to cook whilst you are camping or caravanning. The village is home to the headquarters of the English Golf Union with a world class golf course. There's interesting independent shops for you to enjoy, a great choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants.  The Cottage Museum, https://www.cottagemuseum.co.uk/ The Kinema in theWoods http://www.thekinemainthewoods.co.uk/ and Jubilee Park http://jubileeparkwoodhallspa.co.uk/ are well worth a visit.

On the weekend of the 16th and 17th July, Woodhall Spa turns the clock back to all things 40's for the 1940's Festival. Now in it's fifth year it is already one of the most popular events of its kind in the country, with thousands of people flocking into the area. It has an amazing atmosphere, with people dressing up, the local businesses turning the clock back, vintage stalls, re-enactors, it really isn't to be missed if you love all things vintage. For more information see http://woodhall-spa-40s-festival.com/

I am passionate about preserving our culinary heritage and am an avid collector of recipes and old cookery books. This is reflected in my Target http://www.eastlindseytarget.co.uk/food column featured on the second Wednesday of the month. I am also a regular contributor to Select Lincolnshires Good Taste Magazine,http://www.selectlincolnshire.com/content/good-taste-magazine Wolds Scene Magazine and the Select Lincolnshire website.http://bit.ly/1VTCm7h You can find all of my recipes by clicking the tab at the top of the page.

If you have a local group that would like to book me as a guest speaker, I offer a talk called "Off the Beeton Track". We look at cook books as a unique genre of literature and at some of our colourful cookbook authors going back to the mid 16th Century. If you would like to discuss booking me for your group, please just ring the shop on 01526 352321 or send me an email sadiehirst@btinternet.com  I am almost booked up for 2016 and now into 2017, so it is advisable to contact me as far ahead of your dates as possible please.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and Russell, Sharon, Simon, Lisa and myself look forward to welcoming you to our shop soon. Best wishes and Good Eating, Sadie

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