Family butcher Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd has been named as
the producer of the best sirloin steak in England. 
The company, based at Leabrooks near Alfreton, triumphed at
the EBLEX Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards 2015. 
Richard Taylor, managing director at Owen Taylor & Sons
Ltd, said: “This is a magnificent moment for us and our customers. We know we
produce some of the finest steaks around, which come from quality animals from
assured farms. Our sirloin steaks are well-matured and deliver fantastic
flavour – and they are now officially the best in the country! 
“Not only is this great news for Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd,
it is also great news for our customers too. Our customers who buy from our
shop know they are getting the best sirloin steak in England, and our catering
customers, such as restaurants and hotels, can be confident that they are
serving their customers with a top steak.” 
The awards are the latest in a long line of accolades
presented to Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd, based at Leabrooks, near Alfreton. The
company, butchers since 1922, supplies retail and catering customers across the
East Midlands, along with many of the region’s top restaurants and hotels,
including Harts Restaurant, the Michelin-starred Restaurant Sat Bains and the
award-winning Morley Hayes hotel and restaurant in Derbyshire. 
The vast majority of its beef, pork and lamb is sourced from
farms in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, with additional
livestock sourced from neighbouring areas such as Staffordshire, South
Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland to satisfy customer demand.  
The company has a number of titles to its name, but being
hailed as the producer of the best sirloin steak in England is a huge accolade,
said Richard Taylor, the grandson of the founder of the business. 
“These awards are a fantastic recognition of the hard work
and dedication that goes into producing our meat; from the farmers to our
on-site team of butchers and bakers. We constantly strive to create the very
best products for all our customers to enjoy and are delighted to be able to
prove that this is the case – not just locally but nationwide too,” he added. 
The ‘Larder Trim
Sirloin Steak’
from Owen Taylor & Sons was one of nine shortlisted
products in the ‘Best Sirloin Steak’ competition, picked after two tense rounds
of judging. Three finalists from each of the competition’s three categories –
Independent Butcher, Multiple Retailer and Foodservice Operator – were then
invited to a special awards ceremony in London when the category winners – and
the Overall Winner were unveiled. 
After winning the ‘Independent Butcher Category’, Owen
Taylor & Sons Ltd went on to be crowned ‘Overall Champion’ and purveyor of
England’s Best Sirloin Steak. 
Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd also claimed the category winner
title in the ‘Added Value Steaks’ section of the ‘England’s Best Innovative
Steak’ competition with a ‘Denver Fire
Furthermore, their ‘12-Inch
Steak and Stilton Pie’
was highly commended in the foodservice category of
‘England’s Best Steak Pie’. 
Competition organiser and foodservice project manager for
EBLEX, Hugh Judd, said: “Often described as the ‘king of steaks’ the sirloin is
a prime cut that has wonderful taste and texture. But there is a lot riding on
both the butchery techniques and quality of the animal to produce the very best
examples. Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd has the ideal
processes in place and go to extraordinary lengths to get their sirloin steaks
right each time. That is why they were chosen as Champions.”
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