A BUTCHER shop in Southampton was awarded for its faggots and pies when it garnered two gongs at a regional awards show.

Uptons of Bassett got double delight for producing some of the best pork products in the business and picked up two hotly contested champion titles.

The Winchester Road butchers triumphed at the South of England Butchers Pork Product Excellence Awards after leading experts considered their products to be the best in the region.

It was their traditional faggots in the Pork Offal category and their pork and smoked duck pie in the Speciality Cold Eating Pork Pie category which came out on top after 36 butchers put forward 220 products.

Simon Broadribb, owner of Uptons of Bassett, said: “I am proud to have taken two ‘Categ-ory Champion’ titles home.

“We have been working on perfecting our faggots over many years and, as faggots have been earmarked as a food trend for 2014 on Twitter, we hope our sales will go from strength to strength.”