Blacker Hall Farm Shop scores a hat-rick

Blacker Hall Farm Shop boss Edward Garthwaite, centre, receiving an award from Giles Brandreth, right
Blacker Hall Farm Shop boss Edward Garthwaite, centre, receiving an award from Giles Brandreth, right
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Blacker Hall Farm Shop has made it a hat-trick of retailer of the year awards.

The Calder Grove business won the title at the Farm Business Food and Farming Awards, held at the members dining room of the House of Commons last Friday.

The awards celebrate the people and businesses leading the way in the UK farming and food industry.

This is the third time this year that Blacker Hall has been voted retailer of the year. In March it was awarded UK’s best farm shop by FARMA, and in September Yorkshire Life and its readers voted it farm shop of the year.

The business, run by the Garthwaite family, is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary.

During its history, the farm shop has expanded and now includes a butchery counter, bakery, delicatessen, wine loft and the Barn Café, as well as an on-site gift shop and florist.

Almost 80 of the products sold are home made and Blacker Hall has clocked up more than 60 awards for its homemade offerings.

In its latest award, the judges praised it for its “impressive progress in so short a time” and hailed it as “a phenomenal family business with some great retail figures and very strong sense of style in everything they do”.

The judges assessed entries on a number of criteria, including retailing quality products at the right price, and delivering great customer service.

Blacker Hall boss Edward Garthwaite said: “We’re delighted to receive this award, which reflects the hard work of our growing team, all dedicated to producing fantastic food from locally sourced ingredients, and our appreciative and loyal customers.”

Broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth was part of the presentation committee last Friday.