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Dumfries butcher crowned Scottish haggis champion 2017/18

Stuart Houston has used a third generation recipe for his award-winning haggis. Credit: ITV Border
A family recipe handed down from his Grandfather has helped secure the Scottish Haggis Championship 2017 for Dumfries butcher Stuart Houston.

The handmade haggis beat off stiff competition from around 80 butchers from all across Scotland to lift the coveted national title at the Scottish Meat Trade Fair in Perth.

And newly-crowned champion Stuart, 55, revealed the country’s best haggis owed its origins to his Grandfather Bert “Kiddie” Houston who set up the family firm J B

Houston on the outskirts of Dumfries nearly 70 years ago.

“This is the title I’ve wanted all my life and it’s as much for my Grandfather as it is for me."


Brilliant day at the Scottish Meat Trade Fair. Absolutely delighted to WIN CHAMPION SCOTTISH HAGGIS 2017, also awarded 5 SILVER and 2 GOLDS!!!





J.B. Houston - Home of the Golden Haggis
Oban Winter Festival Golden Haggis Award Winner


The reputation of J B Houston’s haggis has led to a flurry of interest from TV chefs and food critics over the years.  Some of Stuart’s most memorable visitors were Channel 4s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the Hairy Bikers – Dave Myers and Si King.

Hairy Bikers – Dave Myers and Si King make some Haggis at J. B. Houston with Stuart


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall goes to Scotland and catches a real wild haggis.
From 'River Cottage Road Trip'. Featuring Mr Stuart Houston


A Burns Night Message from Mr Stuart Houston