‘Having visited many Farm Shops this year I feel these guys are the one to shine’ – Judge’s Report
Blacker Hall has been awarded Best Farm Shop at the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards this September (2014). Based on reader nominations and a final decision by expert judges, this award acknowledges both the quality of the produce on sale and the knowledge and expertise of the staff.
A mystery shop was conducted by the judges, assessing all areas of the business, including The Farm Shop, The Wine Loft, The Gift House and The Barn Café. The report from the mystery shop acknowledged the ‘stunning quality’ of the meat and the ‘impressive’ dairy counter. It also praised the warm welcome given across the site, and the knowledge of the staff, whether shopping in The Farm Shop or The Wine Loft, or eating in The Café.
The report also recognised that the food in The Barn Café is home cooked, largely using Farm Shop produce, with Yorkshire food generally being prominent on the menu.
To keep attracting customers back, and create a ‘foodie’ experience for all visitors, Blacker Hall also organises special events, showcasing the best of the local produce that we sell.
To summarise, the judge’s report said, “The owners of Blacker Hall are the driving force, never resting on their laurels and looking for the next thing…It is Blacker Hall’s attention to detail, customer service, quality of meat and bakery, fruit and veg and even the non-related food items that mean it should be their year. A great all round experience with no member of the team letting the side down’.