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Winner of the traditional Course Pork Sausage category at the 2005 National Sausage Competition.
This was taken from a article in the Shropshire Star:
"Success doesn't come easily in the competitive world of butchery, with top quality and taste being the two over-riding factors.
And for butcher Patrick Richards of Albrighton, high achievement is a reward for years of hard work in perfecting his products. He recently scooped the National Gold Award for his traditional pork (coarse) sausage from the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders.
Although he has won local awards in the past, Patrick pointed out that this latest honour is a watershed for everybody at P Richards Butchers. "My pork pies won a local gold award a few years ago, but this is our first national achievement," he explained. "It is nice to bring the award home and do something good for the village."
He added: "I've been making them for 46 years, so I should have a good idea of how to do it properly!" Naturally enough, Patrick's business doesn't just concentrate on award-winning sausages - he also produces a range of impressive options. He is especially proud of his range of home-made products, all of which are made from local ingredients. He said: "We produce all our own pies, pork, bacon, sausages and cooked meats.
"We are traditional butchers who use Shropshire-grown lambs and pork - as well as being a licensed game dealer." Patrick's chief supplier of pork and lamb - Benbows of Much Wenlock - is renowned for offering quality meat. Indeed, he went on to say that customers respond well to his policy of using produce from such well-known suppliers.
"People are much more responsive after seeing TV coverage about locally-made items," he pointed out. "Our customers know the firms that supply us and often say that they are very happy to have meat from such quality sources." He added: "Buying local is better because the animals don't travel so far - foot and mouth highlighted how cattle is often dragged all around the country."
Patrick went on to say that peace of mind is also a reason for looking close to home when it comes to choosing a supplier. "All of our products can be traced back to the local producers," he explained. "Our wholesaler deals with the farms direct and knows which carcasses we will like."
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