FRESH cuts and keeping to tradition are just some of the reasons why a butchers was voted number one.
Tulls in Wickham was crowned The News Butcher of the Year thanks to its home-made sausages and burgers and fresh produce.
Owner Ben Sawyers took over the shop in The Square two years ago and is happy to have won the title with so many other good butchers about.
He said: ‘It feels good. It was exciting to get the call and it feels great.
‘It’s nice that our customers went out of their way to vote for us and take their time to ensure we won.’
Ben, from Wickham, added that his whole cuts of meats and home-made sausages were probably behind the win.
We do things very traditionally hereBen Sawyers
‘We do things very traditionally here,’ said the 31-year-old.
‘Whole cuts of meat are sent here and we chop them up fresh in the shop.
‘We have a massive fridge and we hang all our meats in there.
‘We hang our beef for at least 28 days. We are all about beef here – I love steak.’
Tulls has many loyal customers, some of whom have been visiting for more than 30 years.
Ben added: ‘We do have a lot of regular customers which is nice to see. I think they like the way we have kept things traditional here.
‘But in recent years, we’ve seen some new customers and we get quite a few new faces here.
‘They tend to be younger people too and I have found with all the television chefs and cooking programmes that people are buying more from butchers.
‘The competition was a great way to show how many good butchers there are still out in the area.’
Tulls was named as winner of the competition in which customers voted for their favourite butchers.
CJ Meats in West Street, Havant, was runner-up with MS King & Sons in Southsea coming third.