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.

Hello and thank you for the lovely feedback regarding my guest spot at the invitation of Amy Claridge for her Lincolnshire Kitchen Show on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Amy was a wonderful host and it was great to share my cookery books and talk about "Off the Beeton Track" with her. Here is the link to listen again

New for July 2017 is the launch of my talk "Much Ado About Food".
This is following on from the success of my recent involvement with The Emerge Festival in Horncastle, celebrating the life and work of Shakespeare. My display of Elizabethan and Early Stuart Food, Kitchenalia and Recipes resulted in lots of enquires as whether I did talks on the subject. So in addition to my talk "Off the Beeton Track" I now offer a this new talk, looking back at food history from the medieval period to the Victorian era. For bookings and enquiries, please email me at

New for July 2017 A Food History and Historic cookery workshop – an exciting exploration of our culinary heritage through cookbooks, kitchenalia and a hands-on opportunity to make your own food from the past. I am delighted to be working with Heritage Lincolnshire later this month on their Layers of History project. As a volunteer myself for this terrific organisation I am really looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to share my passion for food history with fellow volunteers and learners. If you would a workshop for your group, school or society please send me and email enquiry. I am fully background checked and hold a current chaperone licence with Lincolnshire County Council.

Russell and I are delighted to announce that The Countryside Alliance have awarded our shop in the 2016 "Rural Oscars" the accolade of Highly Commended East of England Butchers. A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us, we really do appreciate your support. We are over the moon to be finalists again, the first time being in 2014. We are the only butchers in Lincolnshire to be awarded this prestigious title and only one of three businesses in the county across all categories, the other two being Doddington Hall Farm Shop and Leadenham Tearooms and Post Office. If you would like more information see

 At the most recent Lincolnshire Poacher County Food Awards 2016 - 2018 we were thrilled to come away with 12 accolades. Winning Gold for our Hand Cured Bacon and Pork and Apple Burgers. Silver for our Lincolnshire, Pork and |Leek, Pork and Stilton, Beef, Pork and Tomato Sausages, Lamb and Mint and Steak Burgers, Haslet and Steak Pie, Bronze for our Sausage Rolls and Gluten Free Lincolnshire Sausage. This is wonderful recognition for our dedication to making the best traditional Lincolnshire dishes for you to enjoy. All of our prize winning products are available for you to enjoy in the shop.

 For the fourth consecutive year Select Lincolnshire have awarded us Highly Commended Finalists for the Best Retailer Award and Best Producer Award for 2016-2017, which puts us firmly in the top four in the county again. This follows on from winning Select Lincolnshire Business of the Year 2016. The awards ceremony takes place this October and we look forward to attending this years event.

Back in 2015 at the start of the General Election campaign, we welcomed our Councillor Craig Leyland, MP Victoria Atkins and the then Home Secretary Theresa May to our shop. The now Prime Minister enjoyed some of our award winning Lincolnshire Sausages. For the full story see Sausage Fans website  and The Horncastle News

September last year, MP Victoria Atkins very kindly invited Russell and I to the Houses of Parliament to take a hamper of our Lincolnshire Produce. This was a once in a lifetime day for us and we cannot thank her enough. We were treated to a tour of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, followed by watching the Speakers Procession and tickets to Theresa Mays second Prime Ministers Question Time. This was an extraordinary insight and wonderful glimpse into the heart of our democracy. A highlight of the day was Victoria presenting us on the steps of Westminster Hall with a framed photo of the Prime Minister and her visit to our shop last year. This was an amazing experience and we were honoured to have the opportunity to showcase Select Lincolnshire and our hand made award winning produce. We were honoured to recieve a letter from the Prime Minister thanking us for our hamper of produce and how much she enjoyed visiting Woodhall Spa and of course our Lincolnshire Sausages! What a wonderful experience to have had and thank you again to Victoria and everyone who made this trip to Westminster so special.

We now have a feedback facility on our website, see the tab above. Thank you for the lovely comments we have received from those of you who have used this facility already, we really appreciate you taking the time to do so. Winning awards is lovely, but it is making food for you to enjoy that is our driving force and motivation.

  We are official stockists of The Lincolnshire Cook Book. The book includes excellent recipes from fellow food producers, restaurants, pubs and hotels across the county. We have a recipe within this super local cook book for Lincolnshire Sausage and Red Onion Marmalade Plait and I was very pleased to see it appear in the national press as their recipe of the week! Waving the food flag for Lincolnshire again.  This book would make an excellent present for the "foodie" in your life. We have books available to purchase at £14.95 from our shop and other featured producers and businesses within the book.


We feel that being such a small team - Sharon, Simon, 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 and Simon 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.

Woodhall Spa is a beautiful village in mid Lincolnshire and has become more and more popular as an inland holiday resort. There is much to enjoy with a rich aviation history, Lincoln, the coast and the wolds within easy reach and the village itself has much to offer. There are an abundance of places to stay,  fantastic camping and caravanning parks, self catering cottages and  hotels. 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, The Kinema in theWoods and Jubilee Park are well worth a visit.

For one weekend in July, this year the 15th and 16th July, Woodhall Spa turns the clock back to all things 40's for the 1940's Festival. 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

I'm so lucky that my work as a baker and owner of a food shop is and extension of my hoppy and passion for preserving our culinary heritage and collecting old recipes and cookery books. For over four years I have been able to share my collection and interest with a monthly food column in The Target series of Newspapers Lincolnshire Echo and Retford Times.

I am also a regular recipe contributor to Select Lincolnshires Good Taste Magazine, , Lincs Scene, Wolds Scene and the Select Lincolnshire website.

If you are involved with a communiy group, school, WI or history society, I offer my talk called "Off the Beeton Track". I bring along some of my collection of antiquarian cook books, vintage cookbooks and kitchenalia.  We explore cook books as a unique genre of literature and authors from medieval times up to the present day. If you would like to discuss booking me for your group, please just ring the shop on 01526 352321 or send me an email  2018 and in to 2019 is filling up fast, 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 and myself look forward to welcoming you to our shop soon. Best wishes and Good Eating, Sadie



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