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Shropshire Farm Shops Win Major National Awards (18th February 2013)

Shropshire Farm Shops Win Major National Awards

THE Ludlow Food Centre and Apley Farm Shop near Bridgnorth have been recognised with major awards from the National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association.

FARMA awarded Apley Farm Shop, at Stockton, near Norton, its Rising Star award and Ludlow Food Centre its UK Farm retailer of the year award during a presentation ceremony with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall held in Harrogate.

“This is a remarkable achievement and we are absolutely delighted,” said Apley Farm Shop owner Lord Gavin Hamilton, who founded Apley Farm Shop almost two years ago. “The day-to-day running of the shop is very much a team effort and I congratulate our staff for their hard work and dedication to the business and their constant attention to detail.”

“We are still a relatively new business and so it is extremely satisfying to win such a prestigious award, and I am delighted that Ludlow Food Centre have been recognised as well.  It shows that Shropshire is leading the way in retailing the best local food.”

“We pride ourselves on supplying top quality, locally sourced food at reasonable prices and it is encouraging to know, given the recent findings related to certain mass-produced meat items, that more and more people are supporting their local butchers. Our in-house butchery at Apley is always busy and customers are very pleased with the excellent meat it supplies.”

Apley Farm Shop is open seven days a week, parking is free, there is an adjacent licensed café /restaurant (The Creamery) and Piggs Playbarn for small visitors, plus the free Skylark Nature Trail.

There is also an ongoing programme of events, including countryside talks on the second Tuesday of each month, a bridge and scrabble club every Wednesday morning – and on Saturday May 4 there will be a unique medieval jousting fair.

Further information is available from the Apley Farm shop website at www.apleyfarmshop.co.uk.