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Lishman's of Ilkley scoops UK wide artisan food award

Nigel Barden

Lishman’s of Ilkley has been awarded an artisan food award for its Yorkshire Pork and Fennel Salami by food and drink journalist and broadcaster Nigel Barden and premium cooking appliance manufacturer Britannia.

The multi-award-winning butcher and charcutier is based in the heart of West Yorkshire Spa town, Ilkley.  Lishman’s of Ilkley is the hard work of David Lishman, hailing from an agricultural background, David now runs the business with his daughter Emma.

Cunningham Butchers, based in Northern Ireland, took the first joint-silver place for its Cowboy Steak.  Russian Pies, based in Sheffield, took the other silver accolade for its Russian Pie ‘Piewich’. 

St. Andrews Cheese, on the Fife coast, took the first bronze place for its crumbly Anster Cheese.  The second bronze has been awarded to Nottingham based Dilly Dilly Gin for its Lydia Lydia Gin.

Nigel Barden commented on the winning producer: ‘’Lishman’s of Ilkley, our Gold Medal champion, provides a beautiful melt in the mouth salami, which underpins the addition of fennel and black pepper. It leaves a long sweet finish with a marvellous lingering feeling of contentment. Perfect when paired with a Yorkshire ale, or a fruitily acidic apple juice. ‘’

‘’Their selection of meat are all examples of British charcuterie at its finest. No surprise that David Lishman is also Chair of the Q Guild of Butchers, representing some of the greatest purveyors of meat in the UK. This man is at the top of his butchery game.” Jane Rylands, Head of Marketing Communications for Britannia, said: “We’re thrilled with the volume of entries we’ve had from the UK where we’ve been proud to host the Britannia Artisan Food Collection. From craft cider and beer to dairies, delis and bistros, we’ve uncovered some hidden gems and hope people visit our map to discover the artisanal delights we’ve been lucky enough to find.”

The Britannia Artisan Food Collection launched at the end of last year in Wales. The public was invited to nominate artisan food producers from across the country. A shortlist was chosen by Nigel Barden and awarded a place on Britannia’s Artisan Food Collection map, before a top three were chosen and a winner awarded.

The UK wide call out was the last of six countries and regions the Britannia Artisan Food Collection will visit.

More information about the Britannia Artisan Food Collection can be found here: and more information about Nigel Barden can be found at


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