Master Butchers and Cumbrian Food champions Cranstons opened their new Food Hall at Orton Grange on Tuesday 19th of November expanding Cranstons retail estate to 6 shops and creating over 15 new jobs.
The Food Hall which is situated on the busy A595 4 miles West of Carlisle offers North Cumbrian shoppers the same award winning combination of quality fresh meat and local produce that Cranstons flagship Cumbrian Food Hall in Penrith offers - show casing Cranstons own produce alongside food and drink from over 30 Cumbrian producers. Mr Vikkis, Claires handmade, Brysons Bakery, Taste of Eden Ice Cream, Saunders Chocolates & Appleby Creamery are just a handful of the local brands which will be on sale.
In true Cranstons tradition guest of honour Harry Tiffin cut a ribbon of sausages to officially open the Food Hall to the public. Cranstons farm suppliers, local suppliers, dignitaries and journalists watched on. Nonogenarian Harry was asked to officially open the Food Hall marking the latest step in the farms diversification from traditional dairy farm to retail and leisure complex as he worked as tractorman on the farm from 1957 to his retirement.
Over two thousand curious shoppers passed through the Food Hall on the first day, enjoying a whole host of ‘foodie delights’ in keeping with Cranstons reputation for championing quality local produce. This included a welcome drink and a slice of Cranstons giant opening day cake made by Bryson’s of Keswick. Cumbrian Chef John Crouch was on site cooking up simple Christmas Canapé ideas & handing out tasters and recipe leaflets.
Cranstons new Food Hall will compliment the existing Café & Gift Shop at Orton Grange which were developed by brother and sister Richard Martin & Claire Scott back in 2004 and subsequently extended in 2006. Along with the new food hall and existing gift shop and café the farm also boasts a hairdressers, beauty salon and private hire swimming pool.
Philip Cranston ‘’ we are really thrilled to be opening a second Food Hall here at Orton Grange. Our existing Food Hall in Penrith has shown that there is still a massive public appetite for local food when it is delivered in an affordable and convenient format. We hope that the Orton Grange Food Hall, just off the busy A595 commuter road, with ample free parking and a café on site will become a real destination for locals and visitors alike.’’
The extension to the existing Orton Grange farm shop has been part-funded by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Solway, Border & Eden LEADER Programme for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.
CRANSTONS FOOD HALL AT ORTON GRANGE is now open daily trading from 8:30am-6:30pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sundays.