Cross Lanes Organic Farm, near Barnard Castle, has added another award to its impressive collection.

From nearly 300 entries nationwide, Local Barnard Castle Retailer Cross Lanes Organic Farm Ltd has been Commended within the Farm Shop Category in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards.

Deborah Hare, Manager said: “Receiving this recognition is a great asset to the business and really does make all of our efforts worthwhile and encourages us to work even harder to provide quality and service to our growing number of customers. We would like to thank our hard working and dedicated team for their support and loyalty and also thank our customers for singing our praises in these awards”.

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards, in partnership with Olives Et Al, recognise the very best standards in speciality retail and celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement. The Awards celebrate the unsung heroes of the high street and speciality retail scene with categories ranging from butchers, bakers, farm shops and delis through to garden centres, food halls and online businesses.

Judge Neil Nugent, Executive Chef and Head of Product Development at Morrison’s said “The Awards are a brilliant opportunity for the UK’s small independent businesses like Cross Lanes Organic Farm Ltd to get recognition nationally and enable them to become a destination.”

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards received a record number of entrants from nearly 300 businesses across the UK, along with thousands of public votes from consumers supporting their favourite speciality retailers.

Cross Lanes Organic Farm Ltd was one of twelve category winners and twenty five commended and were chosen following a day of intensive judging by leading speciality retailers and key industry figures along with mystery visits conducted throughout December by BBC Radio 2’s Nigel Barden, Chair of Judges.

Nigel Barden said “It's gratifying to know that there are so many excellent purveyors of food & drink in Britain, like Cross Lanes Organic Farm Ltd. During the mystery visits I have been delighted, moved & inspired by the people I've met and it's marvellous to find local retailers like Cross Lanes Organic Farm Ltd, are so much at the heart of their community. “

The scores will now be counted and judged within the ten UK regions, announcing the Regional Champions in February – these winners will go through to the final with the chance to win Retailer of the Year. The overall winner will be announced at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on 24 March 2014 at Birmingham’s NEC.

The complete list of category award winners can be seen at http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/page.cfm/Link=109/