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Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall in Penrith will be selling Herdwick lamb during February, offering customers the chance to sample a unique and ancient Lakeland breed that is prized for its superb taste and quality. Traditional roasting joints, steaks and cutlets will be on sale, and in addition, ‘Herdy Burgers’ with fresh mint will also be available. Herdwick is the latest speciality meat to be launched by Cranstons, who also sell Salt Marsh Lamb, Dexter Beef and Rose Farm Veal.
Philip Cranston, Managing Director, explains: ‘Alongside our regular range of locally-sourced meats, we also feature a number of regional specialities throughout the year. Herdwick sheep are the quintessential Lakeland breed, and we are excited to be able to give our customers a chance to try this regional delicacy.’
Herdwicks, or ‘Herdies’, as they are affectionately known, are among the hardiest of Britain's breeds of hill sheep, and have come to represent the Lake District (ninety nine per cent of registered UK Herdwicks can be found grazing on the Cumbrian fells). Herdwicks possess an innate tendency to stay in one particular area, meaning that hill farmers can let them roam free knowing that they can find them again. This gives them freedom to graze and mature slowly, and this stress-free environment leads to meat of exceptional quality with a more succulent, ‘gamier’ flavour than regular lamb.
Peter Lightfoot of Gillside Farm, Glenridding, is one of Cranstons Herdwick Lamb suppliers. ‘The herdwick is one of the iconic images of the Lakeland fells, and we are thrilled that Cranstons promote it,’ says Peter. ‘As well as providing fantastic, tasty meat that’s different to regular lamb, the Herdwick breed grazes the fells, maintaining their environment and creating the landscape we all recognise. Whenever they buy Herdwick Lamb from Cranstons, customers are helping to sustain traditional farming methods, as well as the Lakeland landscape.’