From nearly 300 entries nationwide Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall has won Butcher Of The Year’ in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards.
Philip Cranston, Managing Director said, 'We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award, especially given the quality of the competition. Looking through the winners and runners up it is clear that the UK’s independent food sector has a lot to celebrate. Cranstons have been in business for 100 years in 2014 so winning this award is a wonderful addition to our planned celebrations and recognition of the hard work of our talented Food Hall team. Cranstons business model has evolved over the years but our key values remain unchanged- Cranstons skilled butchers work with the Cumbria’s best stockmen and producers to bring our customers the best of local produce.'
The Farm Shop & Deli Awards recognise the very best standards in speciality retail and celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement. The Awards celebrate the unsung heroes of the high street and speciality retail scene with categories ranging from butchers, bakers, farm shops and delis through to garden centres, food halls and online businesses.
Judge Neil Nugent, Executive Chef and Head of Product Development at Morrisons, said, 'The Awards are a brilliant opportunity for the UK’s small independent businesses like Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall to get recognition nationally and enable them to become a destination.'
The Farm Shop & Deli Awards received a record number of entrants from nearly 300 businesses across the UK along with thousands of public votes from consumers supporting their favourite speciality retailers.
Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall was one of twelve category winners and twenty five commended and were chosen following a day of intensive judging by leading speciality retailers and key industry figures along with mystery visits conducted throughout December by Nigel Barden, Chair of Judges.
Nigel Barden said, 'It's gratifying to know that there are so many excellent purveyors of food & drink in Britain like Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall.
'During the mystery visits I have been delighted, moved and inspired by the people I've met and it's inspiring to see that Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall are so much at the heart of their community.'
The scores will now be counted and judged within the ten UK regions, announcing the Regional Champions in February. These winners will go through to the final with the chance to win Retailer of the Year. The overall winner will be announced at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on 24 March 2014 at Birmingham’s NEC.