- Published: 20 September 2013
Helen Browning’s Organic wins two Gold Awards at Food Awards
Wiltshire-based meat producer Helen Browning’s Organic has won two Gold Awards in this year’s Soil Association Organic Food Awards. The company’s organic Hot Dogs and Sirloin Beef were announced as the best of the best in the meat category at the awards ceremony held in London last week (19 September). Now in their 27th year, the Organic Food Awards recognise and celebrate the highest quality organic food and drink.
Television presenter and President of the Soil Association, Monty Don, said: “The Organic Food Awards celebrate not only great tasting food and drink but also the inspiring stories behind it. This is food that has been produced to the highest welfare and environmental standards by people who care passionately about what they do.”
Helen Browning’s Organic Hot Dogs, available online, are 97% pork, gluten-free and produced from pigs that range freely on Helen’s and several other family farms. “These frankfurter style sausages are in a class of their own,” says regular customer, Elliott Neep. “Forget everything you ever thought you knew about hot dogs – these are bursting with flavour.” The Hot Dogs cook in a mere four minutes and are just as at home in a warming casserole as they are as a quick fix supper with beans. They are more in tune with the artisan European hot dog rather than the British mass produced product that has evolved.
Also receiving a gong at last night’s award ceremony was the sirloin beef served in Helen’s Michelin-recommended pub The Royal Oak. This tender and flavourful cut of meat, which comes from the well-marbled middle back of the animal, is produced from Helen’s own Aberdeen Angus cattle that graze on the Wiltshire Downs just up the hill from the pub. It is hung for 28 days on the bone to enhance the flavour.
The gold awards follow close on the heels of a highly valued endorsement from The Good Food Guide (2013). This month The Royal Oak appeared for the fifth year running in this prestigious guidebook to the best restaurants in the UK. Extolling the virtues of its menu the guide says: “…it seeks to remind diners of the abundant merits of pork rillettes and cornichons, smoked mackerel pâté with pickled cucumber, ribeye steak with chips and garlic butter, and simply grilled fish such as grey mullet with warm broccoli salad.”
Helen Browning has been farming organically at Eastbrook Farm in Swindon since 1986, and her branded bacon and sausages are sold in the supermarkets. About 950,000 litres of organic milk is produced every year from its herd of dairy cows, which goes partly to the Organic Milk Supply Co-op, and partly to local organic processor Berkeley Farm. It is an open farm which means that people can come and walk it at any time.
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Background – Helen Browning’s Organic
Helen Browning’s Organic branded bacon and sausages are available online at Ocado and in Sainsbury’s stores; and fresh pork is now sold online from Riverford Organics.
The pork, beef and veal that Helen rears on Eastbrook Farm is served at her pub The Royal Oak in Bishopstone, Swindon. The Royal Oak was awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2013; recognised for the fifth year running in The Good Food Guide (2013); is featured in Alastair Sawday's Special Places 2009-2012, and has attained Three Star Sustainability Champion status from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
Helen’s pub, The Royal Oak, in the middle of the farm, has been awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2013; recognised for the fourth year running in The Good Food Guide (2013); Alastair Sawday's Special Places 2009-2012, Three Star Sustainability Champion status - the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
The Hot Dogs 250gms retail at £3.75 from Ocado www.ocado.com
The Organic Food Awards
The Soil Association Organic Food Awards ceremony was held at Wholefoods Kensington High Street on 19 September 2013. For more details visit www.soilassociation.org/foodawards
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