Bangers get thumbs up from The Pub Landlord

Ian Byatt of Stannington-based Moorhouse Farm Shop receives the North East British Banger Award from Al Murray as The Pub Landlord.
Ian Byatt of Stannington-based Moorhouse Farm Shop receives the North East British Banger Award from Al Murray as The Pub Landlord.

SOME super sausages have enabled a Stannington business to win a top industry award.

After impressing the judges, which included comedian Al Murray as his The Pub Landlord character, at a cook-off event in Newcastle, Moorhouse Farm Shop received the coveted British Banger Award for the North East region.

Its Gunpowder Plot Pork Sausage was shortlisted from hundreds of entries in the Iconic Sausage category and went on to beat six other regional butchers in the regional heat to receive its much-deserved place in the British Sausage Week Hall of Fame.

Mr Murray said: “The standard of entries in the North East was incredibly high, but the Moorhouse Farm Shop’s Gunpowder Plot Pork Sausage was really quite special.

“Great sausage, great name and I do like a banger with a bit of a kick – an out and out cracker.”

Ian and Victoria Byatt set up their farm shop in Stannington Station nine years ago and since then it has received many awards for its produce. Earlier this year, it was given the highest rating for the fifth time in the Great Taste Awards organised by The Guild of Fine Food.

Mr Byatt said: “The pork in our bangers is from own pigs so we know the quality is high.

“The Gunpowder Plot sausage is popular in the farm shop and we’re thrilled our peppery banger was a hit among the judges too.”

Moorhouse Farm Shop’s Original Northumberland Pork Sausage was shortlisted in the Stand Up for British Bangers category and The Blagdon Farm Shop’s Admiral Lord Collingwood Pork Sausage was shortlisted in the Iconic Sausage category.