Posted: 03/10/2013

From squirrel ale to fallow deer venison: National Trust names 2013 award winners

Red Squirrel Ale from Jacobi Brewery in Carmarthenshire, ham hock from Chyvarloe Farm in Cornwall and two styles of cider from Mac Ivors Cider Co in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, are among the winners in ths 2013 National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards.

Now in their eighth year, the awards highlight produce grown, reared or produced on land owned or managed by the Trust, including tenant farms, orchards and gardens.

Forty-two product from 27 producers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland took awards this year including six new entrants and nine newly launched products.

Other successul new producers included the Hewitt family, tenants of Dunham Massey Garden near Altrincham, Cheshire, who took an award for their Cox & Bramley apple juice, and High Street Bitter from Derbyshire’s Tollgate Brewery, a microbrewery opened last year in a converted cow byre on the Calke  Abbey Estate.

Overall winner for 2013 was fallow deer venison from the Belton Estate in Lincolnshire.

This year’s judges included the National Trust’s food & beverage development manager Tim Howard and development chef Clive Goudercourt, as well as Richard McGeown, chef patron at Couch’s Great House Restaurant in Cornwall.

All the award winners will now be able to use the Fine Farm Produce Award logo to help market their products.

Rob Macklin, head of food and farming at the National Trust and chair of the judging panel, said: “It’s our aim to really connect customers to where their food comes from and these awards are a great way for us to do this.”

Photo: James Dobson

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