Northern Champion in the Butcher category: Low Howgill Butchers & Deli, 21 Boroughgate, Appleby, Cumbria
Judge Charlotte Cooper commented: “This is a very locally minded business – the meat comes from the family farm and other local farms, ingredients are all from local firms where possible. There is an appealing farm to fork ethos and a virtue is made of regional recipes and specialities, including Westmorland sausage. In addition, employees are all local people who care about the area, and they are all heavily involved in the business, creating new products etc. The team are constantly looking at ways to increase their business and their role in this Cumbrian community. As well as butchers, Low Howgill offers hot food to take away and outdoor catering and the team also attend farmers markets and events. Butchers these days take education very seriously and this is also the case here – Young Farmers Clubs, schools and groups are welcome to visit both the farm and the shop to learn more about the business and the local produce ethos.