A CENTURY-OLD sausage recipe made in Hampshire wowed celebrity judge Phil Vickery by being “porkier” than others.

Gilbert’s Original Sausage, produced by Eastleigh-based Ambrose Sausages, took a Banger Award in the Great British Banger competition.

The 100-year-old recipe, created by butcher Philip Ambrose’s granddad, won the award at a cook-off event at Bel & The Dragon in Reading.

Mr Ambrose, who runs the butchery along with his wife Sue, said: “I’d like to dedicate this to my grandparents as it is their recipe.

“People were always coming into their shop to buy this particular sausage but they never had time to enter competitions like this.”

Former England rugby captain and Celebrity Masterchef winner Phil Vickery said: “For me the quality of the pork in this sausage was the deciding factor.

“It was porkier than the others and it really made the difference.

“It totally delivered what it said it would.”

The competition was part of British Sausage Week, which is now in its 17th year and aims to raise awareness of the variety, quality and tastiness of British sausages.