Beef and beer triumph at Fine Farm Produce Awards

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    Food winners Neil and Sally Grigg with their cattle herd at Burrow Farm

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    Neil and Sally Grigg with their award-winning Red Ruby Devon beef

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    Robert Wicks of Westerham Brewery with one of his award-winning beers

  • Four award-winning craft beers from Westerham Brewery

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    Charlecote Park's honey was also recognised at the Fine Farm Food Awards

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    Trehil Farm potatoes were some of the outstanding products at the Awards


Latest update 03.09.2014 09:35

Beef and beer have come out on top at our 2014 Fine Farm Produce Awards, which recognise the very best food and drink grown and produced by our farms and estates across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Red Ruby Devon beef from Burrow Farm on the Killerton Estate in Devon and Scotney Bitter from the Westerham Brewery in Kent have been named the overall food and overall drinks winner respectively, beating stiff competition.

Outstanding entries

In total 25 producers were recognised for 45 outstanding food, drink and countryside products from land we look after, with winning products ranging from honey to turkey, rapeseed oil to potatoes and cider to charcoal.

Entries are scrutinised by food and drink experts and have to excel in the taste test. They also have to pass a checklist of environmental standards to guarantee the quality and origin of ingredients alongside high standards of production.

Hard works reaps rewards at Burrow Farm

Neil and Sally Grigg, who manage a herd of 130 traditional cattle at Burrow Farm on the Killerton Estate, were delighted to win the overall food award for their Red Ruby Devon beef, which is known for its tenderness and marbling.

‘Being recognised in this way gives us a massive sense of achievement for all the hard work we’ve undertaken,’ said Neil. ‘Of course, it’s a great thing to be able to tell our customers too and gives them additional confidence when buying our meat and is a sign of quality to them.’

Going green at the Westerham Brewery

Quality local ingredients, including Kentish Hops grown at Scotney Castle, and a green attitude helped the Westerham Brewery scoop the overall drinks award with its Scotney Bitter, famed for its deep mahogany colour and wonderful lingering taste.

‘The brewing operation is designed to be as green as possible and to minimise waste,’ said brewery founder Robert Wicks. ‘Hops make fantastic compost for flower beds, and are used at nearby Chartwell. Our brewer’s grain goes to the local dairy farmer, so in terms of waste there’s very little.’

What makes the Awards unique

As well as shining a spotlight on the fantastic food and drink produced at places we look after and by our 1,500 tenant farmers, the Fine Farm Produce Awards are also distinct for their vigorousness with taste alone not enough to secure success.

‘As Europe’s largest conservation charity it is really key for us that our producers reflect our whole reason for existing,’ said Rob Macklin, our Head of Food and Farming and chair of the panel of judges. ‘Customers can rely on the fact that every product not only tastes great, but is produced in a way that cares for the land.’

Quality wows judges

Our producers once again raised the bar at this year’s Awards and 17 new products were awarded the Fine Farm Produce Awards marque for the first time including fallow deer venison from Calke Abbey in Derbyshire and organic natural yoghurt from Ashclyst Farm in Devon.

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