One of the North West’s most popular family butchers, Dales Traditional Butchers in Kirkby Lonsdale, has been made a member of the exclusive Q Guild of Butchers.
The Q Guild is a seal of excellence marking Britain’s best butchers and represents an elite group of the finest quality independent meat retailers in Britain. It is synonymous with skill, craftsmanship and above all, quality.
Dales Traditional Butchers was established in 1906 by Herbert Dale and has won multiple awards for its sausages and hot pies. Nowadays Dales is headed up by Master Butcher Mark Duckworth, who began his butchery career at just 13 years old, and is supported by an expert team including Sean Gibson who has worked at Dales Butchers for 11 years. Dales Traditional Butchers has expanded in recent years to offer catering for weddings, events and BBQs including its iconic Hog Roasts.
Q Guild Chairman Mark Turnbull said: “We’re delighted to welcome Dales Traditional Butchers to the Q Guild. Dales, like our other members, is an inspiration in terms of knowledge, skills and above all, quality and is a valuable part of the country’s food and retail landscape. I look forward to their participation in regional meetings, social and product evaluation events.”
The Q Guild’s 121 members are based across the UK: from Inverness to Cornwall, serving £5 million worth of outstanding meat and related products to over a quarter of a million discerning UK consumers every week.
Carrying the Q Guild brand sends out a strong message that they are one of Britain’s best butchers, committed to unsurpassed quality, craftsmanship and customer service.
Q Guild butchers must pass a regular audit of all aspects of their business to become members. The audit is conducted by the internationally respected European Food Standards Inspection Service. The Q stands for quality and consumers can be assured of quality meat, meat products, hygiene and service when they shop at a Q butcher. Q Guild butchers can be identified by the green Q sign that hangs outside their shops.
The Q Guild runs the Smithfield Awards and the Smithfield Barbecue Awards annually. The awards recognise Q Guild members’ best butchery products – the very best meats and meat products from Britain’s best butchers.
Dales Traditional Butchers Ltd, 2 Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6 2AU.
Tel: 015242 71278