Brackley Butchers reach the finals

Countryside Alliance Awards Press Release:


Brackley Butchers is a regional finalist in the Countryside Alliance Awards

We are delighted to announce that Brackley Butchers has been shortlisted to win a Countryside Alliance Award in the Butcher category.


The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of British food & farming, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses. The awards are now in their fourteenth year and have become the definitive rural business award to win. They are set apart from other award schemes because they are driven by public nomination, offering customers the chance to tell us why their favourite businesses are worthy of national acclaim. The awards received over seventeen thousand nominations this year so Brackley Butchers have done extremely well to be shortlisted.


“Brackley Butchers combine the traditional skills of a butchery business with a modern, innovative approach to deepen local ties whilst educating and serving the local community. The team works hand in hand with other local businesses and producers who share their high standards to provide their customers with the highest quality meat which is locally sourced wherever possible.”


Countryside Alliance Awards Director Sarah Lee commented: “We have been overwhelmed by nominations this year. The secret to the Rural Oscars’ popularity is that they honour the people involved in these businesses and not just their produce or services. They exist to sing the praises of those who work hard to keep our communities and rural economy ticking, but don’t seek the spotlight. These awards provide a cause for celebration in a time of great uncertainty in the countryside. Our local produce is second to none and there are many community heroes and businesses worthy of national recognition.”


Robi Brenchley, Brackley Butchers Business Manager Commented: “We were delighted so many of our customers nominated us and are thrilled to have reached the finals. In a year that is set to be extremely exciting for us as we launch our second shop, this is the cherry on the top!”


More information about the awards can be found here:




Notes to editors:


  • More information about the awards can be found online here:
  • Our regions are: South West, South East, East, Midlands, North East, North West, Yorkshire and Wales.
  • English regional champions will be announced in May, propelling them to the Grand Final, to be held at Parliament in June 2019. Welsh Champions will be declared at the Senedd in April and will join English finalists at the Houses of Parliament in May.
  • Overall champions are chosen by a judging panel which includes Waitrose Food Editor and Masterchef judge, William Sitwell, Philip Johnston, Assistant Editor of the Daily Telegraph, Emma Penny of Farmers Guardian, Peter Gott of Sillfield Farm (and founder of Borough Market), Clarissa Dickson Wright’s friend Sally Merison, Baroness Mallalieu and Tim Bonner, CEO of the Countryside Alliance. Meet the judges here.
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  • Scotland runs a separate awards scheme and therefore businesses trading in Scotland are not eligible for the Countryside Alliance Awards.
  • The Clarissa Dickson Wright Award, set up in memory of the celebrated cook and countryside campaigner, will be the regional winner displaying the biggest commitment to food and farming, campaigning and education.


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