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Award-Winning Cumbrian Butchers stock Ancient Lake District Lamb breed

Celebrated Lake District Herdwick Lamb will be available at Cranstons Quality Butchers during February and March. It is a great opportunity to sample the distinctive Lakeland breed.

The Herdwick breed has been farmed in the Lake District for hundreds of years dating back to before the 12th century when the breed was cemented in the county’s agriculture. The breed is best known for its grazing methods, whereby they roam high in the Lakeland Fells, feasting off the greenery; it’s this that gives their meat their distinctive sweet flavour. 

Herdwicks, or Herdies as they are affectionately known, are among the toughest of Britain's breeds of hill sheep, grazing upwards of 3,000 feet and have come to characterise the Lake District. Herdwicks possess an instinctive tendency to stay in one particular area, meaning that hill farmers can let them roam free knowing that they can find them again. This gives them freedom to graze and mature slowly, and this stress-free environment leads to meat of exceptional quality with a more succulent, gamier flavour than regular lamb.

Herdwick lamb will be available to purchase from Cranstons Food Halls in Penrith, Brampton and Orton Grange during February and March.

Roger Cranston, Operations Director said: “Throughout the year we like to stock specialist breeds such as Herdwick and for example, Solway Salt Marsh Lamb, giving our customers the opportunity to sample unique tasting regional meats.”

Peter Lightfoot of Gillside Farm, Glenridding, is one of Cranstons Herdwick Lamb suppliers: “As well as providing fantastic, tasty meat that’s different to regular lamb. The Herdwick breed grazes the fells, maintaining their environment and creating the landscape we all recognise. Whenever they buy Herdwick Lamb from Cranstons, customers are helping to sustain traditional farming methods, as well as the Lakeland landscape.”

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Award-Winning Cumbrian Butchers stock Ancient Lake District Lamb breed