Block and Bottle bottled beer shop and butchers has been nominated for national meat industry and regional tourism awards.
“We are really excited about making the finals of both awards as they represent recognition from the meat industry as well as recognition from the North East,” said Katie Cullen, who runs the shop on Wellington Street in Gateshead with partner Steven Warren.
Block and Bottle – A 2017 success story
Katie and Steven spent five weeks revamping a former vintage store near to the High Level Bridge in early 2017 ahead of “a crusade to bring great meat, charcuterie and craft beer to the people of Newcastle and Gateshead, with fully traceable produce from local and regional farms and suppliers.”
They then crowdfunded, raising £1,500 from 69 backers on Kickstarter to buy equipment – including a curing chamber – to produce charcuterie such as salami, chorizo, coppa ham, breseola, pancetta, guanciale and jerky.
When are the awards?
The Butchers Shop of the Year Awards are held in London on Monday November 6, with the North East Tourism Awards on November 16 at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle.