One of the UK’s most successful charcuterie companies was recognised with Best Food / Drink Producer at the Exeter Living Awards. The glitzy do, on Thursday 7 March 2019, was held at The Great Hall at Exeter University.
Within just five years of trading, Good Game has won numerous accolades including six awards at the British Charcuterie Awards 2018, a coveted star from the Guild of Fine Food’s ‘Great Taste Awards’ for their organic pastrami, and double gold and double silver at Taste of the West Awards.
Good Game endorses traditional methods of charcuterie, producing a vast range of products from nduja sausage and pastrami to terrine. Steve and Pete believe the secret to fantastic charcuterie is starting with exceptional pigs. A Good Game pig has been grown slowly, with plenty of space to roam. This increases the fat ratio, which makes for a more delicious result. They then treat their produce as naturally as possible; ensuring everything is handmade, nitrate free and cured with nothing but salt and natural air. This has proved to be a winning combination as they continue to go from strength to strength.
The judges said, “[Good Game showed] clear growth, strong brand, an admirable ethos and some seriously impressive business development five years into their journey.” Co-owner, Steve Williams said: “The South West food and drink industry represents some of the most outstanding produce in the British Isles, so we’re over the moon to be recognised as our region’s best food and drink producer. We feel honoured to be amongst such an exceptional bunch of chefs, restaurants, producers and foodie hotels in the Exeter Living awards.”
Good Game: Good Game produces: sausages, traditional ham, bacon, pancetta, venison salami, rabbit salami, wild boar salami, coppa ham, lomo, cullatello, chorizo, spicy Italian sausage, nduja, pastrami, salt beef, pate, terrine, mortadella and frankfurters. Many of these products have won a Taste of Devon and a Taste of the West Gold awards. Good Game are a proud biltong supplier to the England RFU.
All products are made by hand, cured with salt and natural air. They are 100% free of nitrates, saltpetre, additives and do not utilise water injection or commercial drying chambers. Pigs are slowly reared native breeds. All game is shot wild. Beef is Devon Red Ruby beef from Topsham pastures.
Pig & Pallet: The Pig & Pallet is Good Game’s award-winning restaurant based in Topsham. They cure, butcher, smoke and cook their own hand-reared meats, serving seasonal and hearty dishes along with their vast craft beer selection.
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