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.

 We have recently won two awards in The British Pie Awards 2016 for our Steak and Gravy Pie and our Pasty. Russell and I are absolutely thrilled with these awards, as this is the only national competition we enter. There are over 800 entries into this prestigious annual competition, held each year in Melton Mowbray. We are up against large food producers and pie makers across the land, so for us to win two awards is brilliant.

I was recently a guest on  a community radio station for our East Lindsey area, with their show Tracks of Your Years. You can listen to the show on Mixcloud      I warn you it gets a bit loud! Please support them if you can as they offer a valuable communty service, please visit their website for the different ways you can listen.

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

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We are delighted to be featured in  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 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.


2016 is the Bi-Annual County Food Awards, run by Lincolnshire County Foods. 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.

We feel that being such a small team of four - 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. Our small team works 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.

At the end of tenth anniversary year in the shop 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 and are purely driven by customers voting and nominating  their chosen business, we are 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 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, The Kinema in theWoods and Jubilee Park 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

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 column featured on the second Wednesday of the month. I am also a regular contributor to Select Lincolnshires Good Taste Magazine, Wolds Scene Magazine and the Select Lincolnshire website. 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  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 and myself look forward to welcoming you to our shop soon. Best wishes and Good Eating, Sadie



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