Welsh ‘Lambassador’ awarded MBE

PGI Welsh Lamb producer Daphne Tilley has started her year on a high after being honoured with an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for her services to agriculture. 

Tilley, of Henllan, Denbighshire, is the founder of Daphne’s Original Welsh Lamb and is still involved in two family-owned farms in North Wales, alongside supplying to some of the UK’s top restaurants and shops.

Among her clients are Selfridges, The Shard and the Queen’s grocer, Partridges. US President Barack Obama has even been served her produce.

Tilley, a Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) ‘Lambassador’, often hosts visits for London chefs who wish to see the traditional practices used for her high-quality produce.

HCC praised Tilley for her commitment to the industry: “Our warm congratulations to Daphne; she is passionate about farming and about her high-quality PGI Welsh Lamb,” said Sue Franklin, HCC’s market development executive.

“Daphne decided to cut out the middle-man more than a decade ago and set off to London to meet Michelin-starred chefs and get them to try her lamb, which she could then sell directly.

“As a result of this, her business has grown and her lamb has been served to the Queen, the US President and Olympians at a celebratory dinner. Her famed Welsh Lamb has also proved a hit internationally with buyers from as far afield as the Middle East.”

Franklin added that by utilising the natural environment her animals are raised in, Tilley is able to rear a stand-out product: “Her lambs are reared up to 1,000 foot in the view of the Snowdonia mountain range and nurtured by clean westerly winds, rain and sun. Daphne’s ethos for the business was all about quality, harnessing the unique conditions and landscape within Wales that create an unrivalled product.”

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