Armstrong's Family Butchers win the Borough's Best Banger Competition

Congratulations to Darren and the team at Armstrong’s Family Butchers who scooped first prize in the ‘Boroughs Best Banger’ competition held recently in Diamond Jubilee Gardens, Twickenham, as part of the Twickenham Festival.

Butchers from all over the borough took part in a fiercely contested competition to find the Borough’s Best Banger. It was up to the public to decide in a ‘blinded’ taste test and they chose Armstrong’s sausages as their favourite. As Festival Organiser Bruce Lyons attests: “On the street they say the best man won!”

Armstrong’s entered their best selling variety into the competition - The Traditional Pork Breakfast Sausage, a very versatile sausage particularly great in a Toad-in-the-Hole, which previously won Gold at the South of England Show. A family recipe that is approximately 80 years old and has been passed down to him, Darren has perfected it by using only organic and free-range pork. But this isn’t their only banger: Armstrong’s range of sausages has expanded over the years and they now have a wide variety of different flavours. Constantly experimenting and trying new recipes, they usually have around 15 flavours available each week. Besides their award-winner, some local favourites include their Traditional Pork Sausage, Pork and Apple, Pork and Sweet Chilli (which received lots of favourable comments at the competition also), Pork and Garlic, their classic Cumberland, and their more modern Duck and Orange!

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A traditional butchers with two shops in the borough, the “family’ in ‘Armstrong’s Family Butchers’ is no marketing spin; Darren runs the St Margarets branch at 111 St Margaret’s Rd, Twickenham with his brother Dean, whilst his father Bob has run their other branch at 205 Lower Mortlake Road, Richmond in the building where Darren was born, since 1976. All of Bob’s mother’s side of the family were butchers - uncles, grandparents and great grandparents!
Father and son have worked together now since Darren was a child of 7 helping in the evenings and weekends. Nowadays Darren also works with his brother-in-law, mum, wife and mother-in-law! Darren says: “We are proud to keep the Tradition of the local butchers shop going, and feel that small, family run businesses are a great addition to any high street and are important to the local community. We offer personal service, a level of expertise, and a passion that cannot be found in supermarkets.”

Adam Tocock from The St Margarets Traders Association is a long-time patron of Armstrong’s and added, “we’re all very proud of Darren and the team at Armstrong’s. Their shop here in St Margarets is extremely popular and it’s great to see a traditional independent family business doing so well”