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Great Taste Shop of the Year 2016 goes to Blacker Hall Farm Shop

07/09/2016 Download PDF Download Plain Text

Celebrating the very best in food and drink, Great Taste, the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, has reached its grand finale for 2016. The Great Taste Shop of the Year award has been presented to Blacker Hall Farm Shop in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. This award, which recognises excellence in food retailing, was voted for by the readers of delicious. magazine, who nominated their favourite independent food shops across the UK. From the nationwide nominations, a short list of 10 shops was then selected, to be visited by the Guild of Fine Food’s panel of retail experts.


Described by the judges as a “family-run enterprise full of Yorkshire charm”, Blacker Hall Farm Shop, which makes 80% of its produce onsite, was commended for its high standards and brimming shelves, which fly the flag for Yorkshire, and its friendly staff who are genuinely pleased to help. “With well-appointed signage instore, customer loyalty schemes and a truly inviting environment, Blacker Hall Farm Shop is a rare place, which makes customers feel inspired to buy”, explained judge, Edward Berry from The Flying Fork.


The award was presented by Simon Burdess, vice president of food and beverages at the                            InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), at the Great Taste Golden Forks Dinner held on Monday 5 September at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, where over 300 guests from the world of fine food gathered to hear the results of many months of rigorous judging.


Contact: Edward & Cheryl Garthwaite, +44 (0) 1924 267202, www.blackerhallfarmshop.co.uk.


The Great Taste Shop of the Year award was sponsored by Hotel Indigo®, IHG’s upscale boutique brand, and supported by delicious. magazine. The runners up were Delilah Deli in Nottingham and Macknade Fine Foods of Kent.

Hotel Indigo Hotel Indigo is an upscale boutique brand owned by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which launched in the United States in 2004. There are over 100 hotels in the global system size and pipeline combined. IHG has over 5,000 hotels globally across a broad family of brands to meet the needs of guests, whatever the occasion. Each property has a unique and inspiring design that embodies the spirit of the local neighbourhood, with restaurants and bars that bring guests and locals together to discover new experiences through food. All guestrooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, a 42” Flat Screen television with Freeview and 24/7 room service, as well as comfortable king-size beds. What’s more, each bathroom is designed with an invigorating rainfall shower, so guests are able to relax and freshen up in style before heading out to explore the local area.

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