Posted: 25/11/2013

Cranstons opens second Cumbrian food hall

Cumbrian butcher and farm shop chains Cranstons has opened its sixth outlet, a food hall at Orton Grange near Carlisle.

The food hall, which is situated on the A595 4 miles west of Carlisle, will offer fresh meat and its own produce as well as lines from more than 30 Cumbria producers.

Suppliers include Mr Vikkis, Claires Handmade, Brysons Bakery, Taste of Eden ice cream, Saunders Chocolates and Appleby Creamery.

The new shop joins a number of businesses already trading at the Orton Grange site including a café and gift shop, which was developed by brother and sister Richard Martin and Claire Scott in 2004 and subsequently extended in 2006.

This expansion to the farm site, which also boasts a hairdresser, beauty salon and private hire swimming pool, was part-funded by the Rural Development Programme for England and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

This food hall is the second in Cranstons’ portfolio. As well as its flagship Penrith food hall, it also runs four smaller deli-butchers shops in Brampton, Carlisle, Penrith and Hexham.

“Our existing Food Hall in Penrith has shown that there is still a massive public appetite for local food when it is delivered in an affordable and convenient format,” said MD Philip Cranston. “We hope that the Orton Grange Food Hall, just off the busy A595 commuter road, with ample free parking and a café on site will become a real destination for locals and visitors alike.’’

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