Cheltenham's Martins Meats wins top taste awards
MARTINS Meats of Cheltenham has won a top taste award after impressing judges from Harrods and Fortnum & Mason.
Its three-star 28-day, dry-aged Longhorn Cote de Boeuf was awarded The Great Taste Golden Fork Award for Best Speciality in the South West.
Company founder Martin Gilder said: “It’s fantastic to win this award considering this is my first time entering.
“We now even have Harrods wanting to supply our meat.”
Martin gets his meat from his farm in Gretton and other Cotswold farms using traditional and rare breeds of cattle.
His business, set up in 2003, primarily supplies local gastro-pubs, restaurants, hotels and large retail shops – as well as further afield, in Cornwall.
He added: “We’ve built up a good name in recognising the importance of things like traceability, animal welfare, fat content and the aging process.
“I’m happy to supply the South West with quality meat and the proof is in the reward.”
Martin’s beef was blind-tasted numerous times by panels of food experts, including leading chefs and food critics, alongside 9,738 other entries.
The award, sponsored by inkREADible, was presented at the annual Great Taste Golden Fork dinner in London.
It puts Martins Meats amongst the top food producers in the UK and Ireland.
Jane Curran, food editor of Woman & Home magazine, who was one of the Supreme Panel of Great Taste judges, declared the beef “tender, buttery, with sweet fat, the flavour just goes on and on and on”. Another judge, food critic Charles Campion, said “Traditional breeds mature more slowly and this is deliciously apparent in the flavour of this beef.”
Martins Meats use traditional breeds of cattle like Aberdeen Angus, Hereford, South Devon, but also use Rare Breeds such as Longhorns, Old Gloucester, White Park, Highland and Belted Galloway.
It supplies a number of Budgens Supermarkets and large retail shops, along with more than 130 pubs, restaurants and hotels in the Cotswolds.