On a mini holiday during the last school holidays, I found myself in Barwon Heads after a short drive up from Torquay. Walking along the shopping strip and always looking for a story, all the prize winning certificates in the window of Benno's Meating Place caught my eye, not to mention the big emblazoned sign on the door that says 'Victoria's Sausage King 2014' I simply had to walk in didn't I?! Opened by Brad Bennett (who wasn't there at the time) in 2011, he saw the need for a butcher in Barwon Heads and what a butcher they do have. I was chatting to Hamish who kinda got the nudge to be the face and voice of Benno's while Mat the butcher and Samantha the self proclaimed slave (jokingly said) and shop assistant were there in the background.
Just in 2014 alone, Benno's Meating Place has won an impressive number of awards. They were crowned 2014's Sausage King at the Victorian Awards taking 1st place at the Gourmet/Open Class Sausage for their beef and seeded mustard. For the South West Region's Sausage and Smallgoods Awards this year they again won 1st place for the beef and seeded mustard and for their traditional Kabana. They came 2nd place for their Strasbourg and Traditional Ham off the bone and 3rd for their short cut, middle rindless bacon and traditional Australian sausage. All this comes after other awards they have won both in 2012 and 2013. Since opening their doors in Barwon Heads, it seems Benno's has consistently won every year. That's impressive!
Brad's over 20 years of experience is showing chalking up this very 1st Victorian Regional win for the South West; then it's on to the State Awards. Benno's will be going to the National competition in February 2015. "If we jag that one, we'l be very happy girls and boys" says Hamish.
Naturally as butchers they have all the fresh cuts of meats but they also have ready made meals and a range of smoked smallgoods which are all cooked and smoked on the premises. They also have quite a range of gluten free options in their sausages and pre-made meals. It seems everyone along the peninsula stops in at Benno's and why wouldn't they with such great credentials.
They're open from 7am to 6pm on the week days and from 7am to 3pm on Saturdays and 8am to 1pm on a Sunday. You can find Benno's Meating Place ( 03 5254 1828) at 1/46 Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads, Victoria. Check out their website for other services like Spit Hire, In-House Roasting Service, Pre-packed Roasts, Camping & Travelling Packs, Gyros, Cooking tips & Advice and Knife Sharpening. You will also find them on Facebook.
Hamish under the watchful eye of Mat in the background