Johnson's of Thirsk

Quality Butchers Est 1830 Licensed Game Dealer

35, Market Place, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1HD  Tel  01845 523212

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Yorkshire Lamb,  Beef & Pork. Prize Winning Sausages. Deep Freeze Specialists. BBQ Meats.
Gluten Free Sausages & Burgers. Delicious Home Made Pies & Ready Meals. Game Dealers.

Some of our Awards and Prizes!

Countryside Alliance Awards - 2010 Yorkshire regional winners

Butcher Award. "It is a pleasure to walk into a shop where everyone is clearly enjoying their job so much. Everyone gets a cheerful reception coupled with expert advice on the delicious local meat for sale. Andrew and Sarah-Jane both come from farming backgrounds which gives them a strong commitment to local farmers and producers, and their whole team is as committed as they are. They are also so much more than butchers and are obviously valued and loved by the local community their outside catering operation enables them to make their loyal fans happy whilst gaining new ones. A great team!"

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One-two for butcher's prize sausages

From The Darlington & Stockton Times April 1 2008

A BUTCHER is celebrating after winning a competition to find the best speciality sausages.

Johnsons of Thirsk, in Kirkgate, won in the sausage section of the Northallerton and District Butchers' Association contest. Its pork, apple and black pudding flavoured sausage won over the judges.

Johnsons was also runner-up in the same section with its pork, stilton, cranberry and sage recipe.

Andrew Trueman, of Johnsons, said: "We are very pleased to have won this competition. It was especially pleasing to win second place too in the speciality sausage section of the competition.
"The judges were looking at each entry in terms of texture, appearance and taste."

The competition was held at the Station Hotel, Northallerton, with a burger competition as well as the speciality sausage category. There were 20 entries judged by Thirsk Young Farmers Henry Walker, Darren Hill and Rachel Ward.

The full results were, speciality sausage: 1 Johnsons of Thirsk - pork, apple and black pudding; 2 Johnsons of Thirsk - pork, stilton, cranberry and sage; 3 Arthur Haigh (Dalton, Thirsk), spicy Cumberland.

Burgers: 1 J B Cockburn & Sons (Bedale) - lamb and mint; 2 A V Fawcett and Sons (Ingleby Greenhow) - beef; 3 A V Fawcett and Sons - lamb and mint.

Johnson's of Thirsk award winning sausages

SPECIAL WINNERS: Sarah-Jane Ballard and Andrew Trueman - and the prize-winning sausages - D&S

SPECIAL WINNERS: Sarah-Jane Ballard and Andrew Trueman - and the prize-winning sausages - D&S


Tomato and basil: a sizzling success

from the Darlington & Stockton Times June 2005

A Thirsk butcher's shop has won an award for the best speciality sausage in the North-East.

Johnson's Butchers in the Market Place won the Northern Council of Butchers' speciality sausage competition with a new pork, tomato and basll sausage. The sausage saw off competition from 96 other entries to win the title.

Andrew Trueman, production manager at the shop, said: "The sausage is a new recipe and was launched the same week as the competition, so we were very pleased to win with it. It's already proving popular, so we've done quite well out of it."

The business, which is owned by Sarah-Jane Ballard, offers both traditional and specialist products, all made from locally sourced ingredients. It offers four different types of burgers and 12 varieties of sausage, including a popular gluten-free one for people who have a wheat intolerance.

In October the business won the Great Yorkshire Pie Competition with its traditional pork pie.

Mr Trueman said: "We already had the best pie in Yorkshire and now we have the best sausage in the North-East, so it's quite an achievement and we're all very pleased"


Johnson's of Thirsk Award Winning Pork Pies

Sarah-Jane Ballard and Andrew Trueman showoff the trophy and some of their pies

Butcher's pies are the best 

by the staff of the North Yorkshire Advertiser

A FAMILY butcher's company is celebrating after its pork pies were named the best in Yorkshire.

Johnson's Butchers of Market Place, Thirsk, won the accolade at the recent Great Yorkshire Pork Pie Competition in Bradford.

The contest, organised by the Yorkshire Federation of Butchers, is held annually and attracts hundreds of entries. It is the biggest regional competition in the country and judges include celebrity chef, Clarissa Dickson Wright.

The owner of Johnson's, Sarah-Jane Ballard, entered one pie and production manager Andrew Trueman entered another. Miss Ballard's was a finalist and was placed in the top ten, but it was Mr Trueman's that took the top honours. He said: "We entered last year but we didn't come anywhere so we were surprised to win. It was just the same recipe that we have always had. "The comments from the judges were that ours was perfectly baked. It was brilliant to win."

Johnson's was established in 1830 and now supplies businesses all over North Yorkshire with its goods.

From The Advertiser North Yorkshire November 2004


Thirsk butcher is upper crust!

A THIRSK butcher's has taken first prize in this year's Great Yorkshire Pork Pie Competition. Sarah Jane Ballard, who runs Johnson's Butcher's, which was founded by her father Ray, travelled to Bradford to beat off 280 other entries from butchers across the region. "We didn't use any special ingredients for the competition," said Sarah. "This is the same recipe which is used for pork pies sold in our shop every day." 

From Northallerton Today 26 November 2004

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