Cranstons Food Hall in Brampton has been named as a finalist in the prestigious farm shop and deli awards, after beating off stiff competition from fellow food halls across the country in the Food Hall of the Year category. The winners will be announced at the Farm Shop and Deli Show at Birmingham’s NEC on Monday April 24th.
The awards recognise the best businesses in their class in the specialist independent retail market. They celebrate the very best standards, levels of service, product innovation and community involvement in the sector. The team of judges, which includes experts from the world of speciality retail, fine food and food media, has whittled down the entries, carrying out a series of ‘secret’ visits to see the retailers in action. Scores will be counted and judged along with online votes from customers ahead of the winners’ unveiling.
The Food Hall stocks produce from over twenty local producers as well as Cranstons own products created using prime beef, pork and lamb from the region’s finest stocksmen. The store also boasts a deli counter, a range of fine wines and local ales, a self-serve salad bar and a takeaway hot lunch counter.
Mark Mallinson, Brampton Food Hall manager said: “I’m absolutely elated that our food hall has been shortlisted in the final of the Farm Shop and Deli Awards. We’ve only been open little over a year in this format so to be named as a finalist is a huge credit to everyone who works here. We have a fantastic, dedicated team here so it’s great to be recognised. ”
Nigel Barden, Chair of judges, commented: "It’s a joyous journey visiting the awards finalists around the UK and, with the standards being so high, it’s the attention to detail that really makes the winners stand out. It’s also apparent when staff have been well trained and crucially enjoy their work. Inspired, informed and enthusiastic folk behind the counter make a shopping experience so much better.
It’ll be a privilege to hand over the accolades at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on 24th April and to witness the look on the winners’ faces that clearly illustrates how all their teams' hard work has paid off.”