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Belfast butchers are sizzling over National Sausage Week

By Rachel Martin

Published 03/11/2015

Philip Armstrong (left) and Garry Stevenson get in the mood for National Sausage Week
Philip Armstrong (left) and Garry Stevenson get in the mood for National Sausage Week

South Belfast butchers Philip Armstrong and Garry Stevenson are getting ready for a busy National Sausage Week.

The initiative, led by Love Pork, is an annual celebration of the taste, quality and diversity of the traditional banger.

The Armstrong family were farmers for generations before opening their first butcher's shop.

The store was originally run from Ballynahinch and then expanded to become a small farm and grocers shop in the Cregagh area of Belfast.

In 1948, due to the redevelopment of the area, the family then moved the business to a larger farm at Lisnabreeney Road in Castlereagh.

In 1985, the family decided to move into the into the retail sector and acquired Coffey's High Class Butchers on the Lisburn Road. Following the success of the Lisburn Road branch, the family opened a further branch in 2001 at Finaghy crossroads known as Coffey's Finaghy.

Meanwhile, a Hampshire butcher claims he has created the world's most expensive sausage especially for this week's celebration.

The £37 wonder uses Mangalitsa pork, truffles, Stilton cheese, powdered cep mushrooms and vintage 1947 port.

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