A BARNT GREEN based butcher has made it through to the final of a national burger competition giving the company the chance to put the area on the map as the home of ‘England’s Best Burger’.

Despite a record number of entries in the biannual competition organised by industry body EBLEX, Warwicks Butchers, on Hewell Road, is in with a chance of winning the best burger gong, as one of only 23 companies to make it through to the final with a Gold Award winning burger.

Their burger, Warwick's Homemade Beef Burger, scored between 95-100 points in the first round of judging, and will go towards the final round of judging, which takes place on Wednesday, April 30, where all the gold standard burgers will be subjected to further rigorous testing.

After which, overall winners will be determined in each of the four categories of Independent Butcher, Multiple Retailer, Foodservice and Premium Quality Innovative Burgers. The four category winners will be presented with their awards at an awards ceremony in London on June 4.

Hugh Judd, competition organiser and EBLEX foodservice project manager, said: “We’ve had some really interesting entries in this year’s competition with burger manufacturers across all the categories really upping their game, presumably in response to the massive upsurge in the premium burger market."