9 July 1999

Royal handshake for bone beef man

THE Duke of York has visited and shaken hands with a prize-winning butcher openly selling banned beef-on-the-bone from a stand at the Royal Show.

Prince Andrew was visiting the stand of Peter Allen, managing director of Aubrey Allen, which specialises in joints of Scotch beef.

Mr Allen, who won first prize at the show for the best stand in the British food pavilion, was selling prime ribs of Scotch beef for £3.80/lb.

Prince Andrew, Royal Agricultural Society of England president, did not buy or eat any beef, but two rib joints were clearly on display, and assistants on the stand were serving them to the public.

Mr Allen told FARMERS WEEKLY: "I will sell beef-on-the-bone to anyone who is a caterer, as long as they promise to take the bone out before they cook it."

The prince shook hands with Mr Allen, and asked him how he made his sausages and whether he thought Aberdeen-Angus or Highland beef was better.

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