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Update:

Little Blue Smokehouse won the People’s Choice award at the ‘For the Love of Food’ Festival held in Leeds.


Martyn and Caroline Cotton from the Blue Anchor in

British Street Food Awards logo smallCrowborough are through to the finals of the British Street Food Awards with food from their smokehouse.

The Little Blue Smokehouse won the Southern heat of the British Street Food Awards and will now compete in the finals in September.

The Little Blue Smokehouse at the Street Diner in Brighton
The Little Blue Smokehouse at the Street Diner in Brighton

Martyn and Caroline told CrowboroughLife how they got started:

We initially built the smokehouse to make our own smoked salmon, other smoked fish & bacon.  Then, as a hobby, we started to make low and slow BBQ food for friends.  After much persuasion from them we put it on the pub menu and then realised this could become something bigger.  The Little Blue Smokehouse was born.

The Little Blue Smokehouse have a regular pitch at the Street Diner in Picture of pickles in a jarBrighton, and they also do festivals and outside catering.  They have three main dishes: pulled pork, brisket & hot smoked pastrami, all served with homemade slaws, a range of sauces & proper fermented dill pickles.  The Southern heat was based on a public vote at the Street Diner in Brighton.  They took their main dishes and a special of smoked shredded confit duck served with wild garlic aioli, smoked cherry & chipotle chutney with duck crackling.

Pub Food of the YearThe Blue Anchor is becoming no stranger to awards.  It has just won the Pub Food of the Year Award from Shepherd Neame.  The judges were also impressed by the smoked meats from the smokehouse, but they also praised the high quality of its classic pub dishes.

Martyn said:

I have always had a passion for locally sourced good ingredients, a love of cooking and an obsession with food.  If I look out for new ingredients my first question is “can I smoke it, pickle it or deep fry it!”.  My favourite will always be the Pastrami. I like experimenting with other dishes too and find that our specials are always very popular; short ribs, ox cheeks, pig cheeks, smoked turkey and wild boar have all been big hits with the public.

The finals of the British Street Food Awards will take place over the 26-28th September in Leeds, where The Little Blue Smokehouse will be competing against the other five finalists from the other regions.

Martyn wanted to praise the other members of staff at The Blue Anchor:

It was such a team effort from me, my wife, my brother, my kitchen team and the boys who work with us, Gary, Ash & Marshall.  I am really looking forward to the National Finals in Leeds at the end of September.  Having lived and worked in Yorkshire for many years it will be a thrill to take our product North, (and to eat the other finalists offerings!).

From Left to Right: Damian Cotton, Martyn Cotton and his wife Caroline receiving the award of Pub Food of the Year from Jonathan Neame
From Left to Right: Damian Cotton, Martyn Cotton and his wife Caroline receiving the award of Pub Food of the Year from Jonathan Neame

 

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