Cranstons Food Hall, Penrith, has won the title of ‘Best Specialist Food Retailer’ at the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards 2011.
The winners of the Awards, which highlight excellence in the Cumbrian Food and Drink Sector, were announced on Friday 2nd December at a ceremony at Kendal College, following judging by a panel of food experts including local hoteliers, chefs, and restaurant critics. Dave Myers of TV’s ‘Hairy Bikers’ hosted the ceremony.
The Food Hall offers fresh locally-farmed meat, including Cranstons famous Cumberland Sausage, a fishmonger, a green grocer, and a delicatessen with freshly-baked pies, cooked meats and fine cheeses. It stocks products from over forty Cumbrian producers, including luxury ice-cream, ale from local micro-breweries, freshly baked bread, handmade chocolates, jams, chutneys, and puddings, that have won more than seventy awards in the last five years.
In addition, regular ‘Meet the Producer’ events and in-store tastings allow customers to connect with local businesses in a way that makes for a truly unique shopping experience.
Judges described the Food Hall as ‘very well laid out, with a really good range of local products,’ and ‘a very pleasurable retail experience.'
Managing Director Philip Cranston said, ‘We are delighted to win this award, which highlights the range and quality of local products we stock in our Food Hall. We are committed to promoting traditional butchery skills, exceptional customer service and providing the very best local produce.’