One of Grimsby’s culinary favourites is back.
Pettits Lincolnshire Sausages are in production and on sale, four years after the family butcher’s shock collapse.
Direct descendants Stephen and Andrew Pettit have found a third party producer to follow the exacting recipe, passed down through generations at the town centre base and barely altered since 1810.
It won several national awards, attracting a following across the UK and beyond – and arguably second only to traditionally smoked fish when it came to Grimsby gourmet.
The brothers have teamed up with Docks Beers to sell the sausages, with counter, click and collect launching today.
Plans to offer UK-wide delivery are in the offing.
Stephen said: “The Lincolnshire sausage produced by our father, and his father and grandfather before him, was always a favourite product of ours, and was very popular in the town and beyond. Andrew and I, and our sister Emma, who used to work in the business, have frequently been asked when they may be available again, so we set about finding a way to make it happen.
“Having found a butcher who was up to the job of making sausages to our high standards, we approached Docks Beers to see if they would be our exclusive sales partner.
“We have spent a long time getting the recipe right and we are confident that the new sausage is one that fans will recognise as unmistakably Pettits, with its unique spicy taste.
“Our recipe is closely based on the original recipe that has not changed since 1810. They are still made the old-fashioned way, using prime free range pork cuts alongside our secret blend of herbs and spices. We have certainly enjoyed the process of ensuring that the sausages are just as we remember, and we hope that the people of Lincolnshire are pleased that they are available once again.”
Andrew recently joined Jason Stockwood in taking over Grimsby Town FC, with Docks providing the Fan Zone bar.
The Pettit brothers’ father and former owner of the butchers, John Pettit, said: “I was naturally extremely saddened that the business ceased trading a few years after my effective retirement, and we are delighted that the most famous product is making a comeback.
“We are delighted to be working with Will and Shaz and the team at Docks, and we hope that the partnership between old and new will be a long and successful one.”
Docks burst onto the scene less than a year after Pettit’s demise.
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Will Douglas, director of Docks Beers, said: “I’ve always been a fan of Pettits sausages and before moving to Grimsby I would make annual pilgrimages to their Bethlehem Street butchers to stock up. We are proud to be in partnership with Stephen and Andrew and excited to relaunch the famous sausage just in time for Christmas.
“The Pettit name is historic and one that is synonymous with Grimsby. It was as much an icon of the town as the various landmarks that define it. We feel privileged to be involved in bringing them back to life. It’s not a flash in the pan – the sausages are here to stay, with frequent supplies sent to us for sale over the counter in our taproom.
“We even have a limited supply of the original Pettit’s monochrome carrier bags for the first few hundred orders. These will no doubt be collectors’ items in the future!”
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