Cranstons Foodhall at Orton Grange, on the outskirts of Carlisle, is celebrating after beating stiff competition to be crowned the best in the UK at the Butchers Shop of the Year Awards. The annual awards are renowned for honouring the UK’s best butcher’s shops and recognise excellence in traditional craft butchery.
Orton Grange fought off tough competition to be named the Food Hall of the Year, with it going down to the wire between them, Delifonseca Dockside of Liverpool and Huntley’s of Samlesbury near Preston.
The prestigious awards were hosted by the Meat Trades Journal, the leading industry magazine, at the impressive Banking Hall in the City of London on Monday 7th November. Orton Grange manager Peter Potts and Retail Director Martin Jones attended the event and picked up the award on behalf of the team at the food hall.
The judges held the food hall on the outskirts of Carlisle with high regard, complimenting the breadth of range of high quality local produce on offer. Salt Marsh lamb, from the nearby Solway, was another highlight of their visit.
Cranstons Foodhall at Orton Grange, four miles west of Carlisle opened in November 2013 on the site of Orton Grange Farm’s existing café and gift shop. The food hall offers quality beef, pork and lamb sourced from trusted local farmers and prepared by Cranstons highly-trained butchers using traditional craft skills along with home cured bacon, freshly baked pies and Cranstons famous Cumberland Sausage. Cranstons own produce is complimented by a whole host of delicious local goods from scores of local suppliers, including ales, fruits and vegetables, artisan bread and ice cream.
The Foodhall of the Year award is added to a long line of accolades and nominations Orton Grange has received since opening in winter 2013.
Peter Potts, Orton Grange Manager said: “I am absolutely thrilled that our food hall has been named the best in the UK. It is a credit to our hard working team to be recognised for the excellent service they provide to our customers.”
Martin Jones, Retail Director Said: “It is fantastic for Orton Grange to win such a prestigious award in the food hall’s infancy. For a shop that’s only been open for three years it’s an amazing feat. It is very rewarding for our team at Orton Grange to be recognised for all their hard work by the top of the industry press.”