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LNER under fire for using Lincolnshire sausages made in Ripon

LNER under fire for using Lincolnshire sausages made in Ripon

Published by May Norman at 11:20am 15th January 2020.

Lincolnshire butchers hit out at LNER after it uses Lincolnshire sausages produced in Ripon

  • LNER has been criticised for using Lincolnshire sausages made by a butcher in Ripon.
  • The rail company decided to use the Yorkshire produced bangers from Taste Tradition on its Lincoln to London route.
  • It was to mark new services between the city and the capital.
  • However, Lincolnshire butchers have described the move as absolutely crazy', claiming LNER should have worked with a local firm instead.

A Ripon based butcher is supplying Lincolnshire sausages on newly expanding LNER train services between Lincoln and London - much to the disappointment of Lincolnshire butchers.

LNER claims it introduced the sausages, made by Ripon's Taste Tradition, to mark new services between the city and the capital.

However, the move has sparked anger among butchers in Lincolnshire - who claim the rail firm should have worked with a local firm instead.

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Taste Tradition's Lincolnshire sausages have been used for 8 years

"Absolutely crazy!"

People have taken to Twitter to express their surprise and disappointment at the move:

Wendy wrote:

"When it's not made in Lincolnshire to the specific recipe - there is no comparison. When my sons come home from London and Nottingham, the first thing they ask for is Lincolnshire sausages!"

Teresa James said:

"Lincolnshire sausages made in Yorkshire? Surely these could be locally sourced to be authentic!"

According to LNER, Ripon-based butcher Taste Tradition has created "a great tasting Lincolnshire sausage using an authentic recipe".

Stray FM caught up with James Wright, a direct at Taste Tradition - who gave us his reaction to the story:

"I am surprised and not surprised at the same time because people do get rather passionate about their regional foods.

"This is a sausage which we make and supply to the entire the East Coast Mainline - from Kings Cross in London up to Edinburgh.

"We have supplied them for a number of years now and before thatI it used to be a Cumberland sausage - now that could open another can of worms."

For the last eight years, Taste Tradition has been supplying sausages and other meats to LNER, sourced from local farms.

James explains how they were chosen to supply the Lincolnshire sausage:

"LNER wanted to choose suppliers for its products along its routes - we're taking about sausages to crisps and bottles of water. 

"A lot of our farming is done at Thirsk - the East Coast Mainline passes through Thirsk - so we were one of the finalists, if you like, in vying to provide meat for the breakfast products.

"It took nearly a year of taste tests and sending samples in but we made it through to the final rounds and won the contract. We've been supplying them ever since."

LNER has caused an upset with Lincolnshire butchers

A spokesperson from LNER, said:

“We are proud to celebrate and showcase the products and produce from along the East Coast route onboard our trains.

"Our Lincolnshire sausage was recently introduced to the Great British Breakfast menu alongside the introduction of the new additional Azuma services between Lincoln and London.

"Our Hero Chefs have proudly created a great tasting Lincolnshire sausage using an authentic Lincolnshire recipe with enhanced flavours thanks to the unique blend of sage and white pepper along with the free range meat from our suppliers.”


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