Consett farming couple win food award for business

Knitsley Farm Shop & Granary Cafe has been with the Taste Durham scheme since its inauguration six years ago

Rachael Jewson and her daughter Ellen, of Knitsley Farm Shop and Granary Cafe are presented with their award by Bill Oldfield
Rachael Jewson and her daughter Ellen, of Knitsley Farm Shop and Granary Cafe are presented with their award by Bill Oldfield

A farm shop has been recognised for its high standards after receiving a Taste Durham award.

Knitsley Farm Shop and Granary Cafe in Consett and Sweethart’s Barkery in Blackhill have both been awarded the top award of Highest Quality Assured and Local Produce Champion by the accreditation organisation.

They were among 60 businesses across the county presented with an award, which is given in recognition of consistently good service, comfort, cleanliness, quality of food and championing local produce.

Knitsley Farm Shop & Granary Cafe has been with the Taste Durham scheme since its inauguration six years ago.

Opened in 2008 by husband-and-wife team Edward & Rachael Jewson, the business started with around five members of staff and over the past five years has grown to a business employing 47 full-time and part-time staff.

Rachael said: “The farm focuses on producing and processing quality meats which are then sold in the shop along with other locally sourced meats.

“Quality products are sourced from as locally as possible to stock the shop with a wide range of foods to complement the fine butchery offer.

“All of these homemade and local products are then prepared and served in the on-site Granary Cafe, which, although small, is constantly busy and well supported.

“In the fine weather, customers can enjoy the ambience of the lovely old courtyard dining area.”

Sweethart’s Bakery, founded by Mark Hart 20 months ago after he gave up his trade as a builder following a back injury, provides a range of hot and cold food.

Mark, 38, said the fact that all the baked produce is made on the site impressed the judges.

He added: “I try to make it the type of shop I would go in to. I am always trying to keep the standards high.

“I think people appreciate the fact that we make everything on the premises. Even the sandwiches start their life as flour.”

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