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2018 Craft Butcher Bridie Awards

Sunday, 7th Jan 2018

The best Bridies in Scotland for 2018 are made in Falkirk.
Category sponsored by Dalziel Ltd

Scotland’s best bridies and and the best sausage rolls are made in Falkirk! Butchers Thomas Johnston who secured a rare double honour after their meaty favourites each scooped a coveted Diamond Award in the Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Pastry Products Awards 2018 - the highest possible recognition from the industry evaluator.

Delighted co-owner Richard Johnston - who runs the family business with brother Graeme - said the double Diamond was the perfect start to the new year.

“This is the ultimate accolade.” he said. “To be assessed by an independent panel of industry judges gives credibility to a product and I’m thrilled to lift this double title.”

The butchers business, which has seven shops, was started by Richard’s great-grandfather in 1861 - just 50 yards from their Cow Wynd outlet.

“He started selling meat from his farm from the back of a cart parked near the town steeple and then opened his butchers shop there,” said Richard. “Generations of Johnstons have been running it ever since.”

44 Bridies entered the product evaluation held at Dewars Centre, Perth on 1 November. After mystery shopping the main contenders and the second stage judging at Heaven Scent in Milnathort, the judges awarded: 1 Diamond, 5 Gold, 18 Silver.

The Diamond Award for the Best Bridie went to Falkirk butcher Thomas Johnston in Cow Wynd. This completed a remarkable double Diamond having also won the award for the Best Sausage Roll.

Thomas Johnston Falkirk
A J Learmonth Jedburgh
D H Robertson Arbroath
Kenneth Allan Butchers Blairgowrie
McCaskies Weymss Bay
The Butcher Shop Kinghorn Kinghorn
Ballards Butchers Castle Douglas
Bel`s Butchers Edzell
Blackwood of Kilmacolm Kilmacolm
Boghall Butchers Bathgate
Fergusons of Airdrie Airdrie
Hugh Black &. Sons Bathgate
James Aitken Butchers Alloa
James Chapman (Butchers) Ltd Wishaw
John Marshall &. Son Johnstone
Kirk Butchers Cardenden
McCafferty Butchers Forth
Murdoch Brothers Forres
Prime Cuts Cumnock
S Collins &. Son Muirhead
Shaw the Butcher Glasgow
Stuarts Bakers &. Butchers Methil
The Cross Butcher Kilsyth
Tom Courts Quality Foods Burntisland

The popular Falkirk butcher is no stranger to glittering accolades having secured Diamond status elsewhere for their sausage rolls last year and for their bridies several years ago. So what’s the secret?

“These recipes are traditional family ones which have evolved to reflect changing tastes over the years,” explained Richard. “We just ensure we use top quality, locally sourced ingredients, make sure the taste is great and listen to customer feedback.

“The other important thing is to get the correct balance between pastry and meat - too much of one and it can ruin the product.” Thomas Johnston operate two shops in Falkirk - Cow Wynd and Main Street, Brightons, where they also have a production factory.

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