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A TRADITIONAL butchers in Old Town has been crowned best in the county for the second year running.

Staff from Albert Parade’s J Heath and Son were delighted to receive butcher of the year at the Sussex Food and Drink Awards and attended an awards ceremony in Uckfield recently.

Regular customers nominated the family business which has been trading in Eastbourne for more than 25 years.
Nigel Heath, who took over from his father Clifford around five years ago, said, “We really didn’t expect to win it again so we were really pleased... It is a great achievement and it is nice to have a pat on the back every now and then after our hard work."

Sussex Butcher of the Year 2008/09   Members of the award-winning J. Heath team.

“I would like to thank our customers because we wouldn’t have won without them and I would also like to thank my staff... The suppliers who supply us with the quality produce also deserve a pat on the back because we couldn’t have done it without their excellent meat.”

All of J Heath and Sons’ meat is sourced from local farms and Nigel says he thinks that is part of their success.

Carefully selected suppliers include Organic Lamb from Martin Hole in Hankham, pure bred Sussex beef from Mike Hickman and pork from Tottingworth Farm in Heathfield.

“Customers are conscious of what they are buying and like to know where their meat is coming from.”

The Sussex Food and Drink Awards have been running for three years. Chairman of the judges and former editor of The Grocer magazine, Clive Beddall OBE, made a speech at the ceremony and said, “The growing success of these awards defies the gloom merchants who last year predicted that the credit crunch would sound the death knell for thousands of local producers across the United Kingdom.

Award Winners 2008/09
  Proud winners at the Sussex Food & Drink Awards



Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival


Eastbourne butcher Nigel Heath of J. Heath & Sons Butchers won Best Sussex Sausage 2008 at the launch of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival this week [28 April].

Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli led over 100 Sussex food & drink business leaders and dignitaries into a taste test at the event on Monday evening at the 106 restaurant at the Brighton Hilton Metropole, where the dates for this September’s festival were announced.

Four top butchers in the county put forward their best local pork sausages and Nigel Heath was the clear victor. Guests also sampled delicious Sussex produce canapés created by Greg Starks the hotel’s executive chef and sipping Sussex wine, cider and fruit juice.


Aldo Zilli congratulates Butcher Nigel Heath on winning the Best Sussex Sausage 2008"

Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli congratulates Butcher Nigel Heath on winning the "Best Sussex Sausage 2008" category at the launch of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

Sussex Food and Drink Awards Butcher of the Year 2008


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