Countryside Alliance Awards

 

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Yorkshire Champions for 2012

The lucky winners will go on to represent Yorkshire at the UK & Ireland finals at Parliament in Westminster on 13th March. North of England Director Simon Hamlyn introduces the winners:

 

Local Food category champion

Joint winners – Beningbrough Home Farm Shop & Beadlam Grange Farm Shop.
On both winners Simon Hamlyn comments: “As the horsemeat scandal continues, I commend to you two outstanding food operations where traceability is absolute and produce can be guaranteed to be what it says on the label. We are proud to back our local producers and would urge all consumers to back them too – their produce is delicious, healthy and, most importantly, with high animal welfare standards at the core of production.”

Beningbrough Home Farm Shop, Beningbrough, York 01904 470562 http://www.homefarm-beningbrough.co.uk/

Simon says: “Beningbrough Home Farm Shop epitomises what the Awards are all about – this is a farm based, family run business which serves the local community. The Jackson family have been tenant farmers at Home Farm, Beningbrough for 50 years and this really shows in their commitment to providing local produce in the farm shop. All of the beef in the shop is provided from Alistair’s herd of Aberdeen Angus cows, which have a natural grass based and GM free diet whilst Alistair’s wife Lucy runs the shop. The shop always looks attractive, with well-planned displays as well as offering fun community based activities such as the Pudding Club. This shop is a fantastic all-rounder and the friendly, helpful staff really add to the whole experience.”

Beadlam Grange Farm Shop, Beadlam Grange, Pockley, York 01439 770303 http://www.beadlamgrange.co.uk/index.htm

Simon says: “Beadlam Grange Farm Shop is, again, an extremely deserving family run business that is totally committed to serving the best local produce to the surrounding communities. With all beef and sheep reared on the farm and the local abattoir being only four miles away, food miles are minimal and customers know exactly where the produce has come from. Mark & Jenny Rooke, with their children Helen and Peter run an amazing business, not only in the shape of the Farm Shop but also the tearoom which produces comforting meals cooked fresh to order using local produce with ingredients then sold in the farm shop. With both the Farm Shop and Tearoom much-used for a variety of different events, from Young Farmers Club parties to craft fairs and local schools’ days, community is very much at the heart of what they do and therefore they thoroughly deserve this award.”

 

Village Shop

Winner – Flask End Post Office, Low Bradfield, Sheffield 01142 851235 http://www.flaskend.co.uk/
Simon says: “Flask End is a great little post office/village shop come tea room that is committed to providing a service to the local community with lots of its produce coming from businesses within a 10 mile radius. There is a lovely selection of tea and cakes in the tea room as well as a very popular book exchange which keeps Flask End at the centre of the rural community. The new owner is going to great lengths to bring variety to a small country side village and the friendly, welcoming staff make visiting Flask End a pleasurable experience.”

 

Enterprise

Winner – Broughton Hall Estate, Broughton, Skipton 01756 799608 http://www.broughtonhall.co.uk/
Simon says: “Broughton Hall Estate is a great example of rural enterprise, with the Estate and Hall having been turned into a beautiful location in which to stay, work, play, entertain and meet. The Estate’s heritage buildings have been carefully restored and are home to companies specialising in a variety of business sectors, as well as 40 properties on the estate having been redesigned into contemporary homes. The Estate is also home to an award-winning building named Utopia which is set within the original walled garden. Utopia offers professional and modern business and meeting facilities alongside high quality contemporary bistro cuisine. Utopia can also be booked exclusively for special events such as parties, exhibitions and weddings. A total of 600 people live, work and play at Broughton and there is a real sense of community with a number of events organised throughout the year which cater for all.”
Highly commended – The Courtyard, Settle, North Yorkshire

 

Butcher, sponsored by the Herriot Country Tourism Group

Winner – H. Weatherhead Butchers, 9, High Street, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire 01423 711207 http://www.nidderdale.co.uk/weatherheads/index.htm

Simon says: “Founded in 1876 this is a traditional family run butchers that has been passed down from generation to generation. It is run today by Ian and Brian Weatherhead and leading the fifth generation is Ian’s son Andrew who runs the family’s own small slaughterhouse. The trusted recipes which have served each generation form the basis of the extensive range which is hand-made and cooked on the premises. Nominations said that the service was impeccable and the pork pies the best - very worthy winners indeed!”
Highly commended – JB Cockburn and Sons, 12, Market Place, Bedale

 

Start up category

Winner – The Queens Arms, Litton, Skipton, North Yorkshire 01756 770096 http://www.queensarmslitton.co.uk/

Simon says: “The Queens Arms has had a chequered history, having been feeding and watering locals and visitors alike since the 17th-century, it hit a decline in recent years and closed in February 2012. A change of fortunes in May 2012 saw Mark and Heather Hancock buy and lovingly restore the pub with the aim of re-establishing it at the heart of the community. Having lived in Littondale for the last 16 years, Mark & Sarah have sourced all the staff from the surrounding area to provide much needed employment and are working with local farmers and producers. And with the opening of a microbrewery, two new letting bedrooms and an additional private dining room this pub is certainly climbing all the right steps to achieve its aim and help increase rural tourism to the area.”

Highly commended – The Tea Parlour and Post Office, Middleton, Pickering, North Yorkshire