Cranstons opens new Penrith food hall

Cranstons has marked the official opening of its expanded Penrith food hall by inviting four suppliers to cut a “ribbon” of Cumberland sausages.

Pork farmer Martyn Hunter, Appleby cheesemaker Maurice Walton, beef farmer Robert Dickinson and Lynne Mallinson, founder of Country Puddings, were joined by joint directors Philip and Roger Cranston for the opening, which was watched by almost 150 invited guests.

The food hall now boasts produce from over 35 local suppliers, as well as meat from many local farms.

New additions include a fresh fish counter managed by Neil Scott of Penrith, more speciality breads, all baked on the premises, a new patisserie counter, a larger selection of fine wines and local ales, and even a chocolate counter stocking Saunders’ handmade chocolates. The site also has a new restaurant, Café Oswald’s, which will specialise in serving some of the fresh local produce on sale in the food hall below.

The expansion of the food hall has created 20 local full- and part-time jobs, which will be vital to a local community in the teeth of a recession.

Managing director Philip Cranston said: “My heartfelt thanks go out to all who have helped us along the way, including the expertise and dedication of our own staff, without whom none of this would have been possible.”

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