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Meet Ludlow Food Centre's Butchery Manager, John Bereton

5th August 2016

It’s a busy time of year for Ludlow Food Centre – as well as thinking ahead to the treats that Christmas will bring us, even the most seasoned of foodies are excited by the prospect of autumn’s tantalising offerings, and the celebrations of great food that lie ahead.

Voted as the UK’s Food Hall of The Year in April’s Farm Shop & Deli awards, Ludlow Food Centre brings together seasonal produce, artisan food production and local fare under one roof. Having also been awarded five gold stars by the Guild of Fine Food in July, it continues to make waves in the speciality food industry. And all of this makes for a particularly exciting few months.

With Ludlow Food Festival 2016 just around the corner, we speak to Ludlow Food Centre’s Head Butcher, John Brereton, about how he and his team are gearing up for the busy festival season…

 John Bereton

September’s nearly here – how are you feeling?

I’m feeling great – the butchery’s going from strength to strength, and we have a great team who work incredibly hard throughout the year. It puts us in a good position for the increase in number of customers during Ludlow Food Festival, and we’re looking forward to keeping up with demand throughout these few months.

How has the summer been for you and your team?

Summer is a brilliant opportunity for each member of our team to showcase their skill and knowledge, which we hope is always passed on to our customers. We all club together and make the most of everyone’s strengths. Andrew, who joined us an apprentice in 2008, manages the team in my absence, as well as creating an abundance of products for the counter. Jess, another of our apprentices, is learning more as she completes her NVQ Level 3. So it’s a great time for everyone.

What’s the sure sign of a good butchery product?

I think provenance is absolutely everything. For us to be able to sell meat that’s reared here on the Oakly Park Estate is a real privilege. It’s always a pleasure to let people know exactly where their meat has come from, and for us to have the answers to their questions. Provenance, knowledge and skills behind the counter are so important today.

Oakley Park Estate

Oakly Park Estate

We’re optimists, and are always crossing our fingers for a bit more barbecue weather…do you have any tips for a great barbecue?

Many people are tempted to cook their meat on as high a temperature as possible, to achieve that ‘flame-grilled’ finish – but this often means that products end up burned, tough and even undercooked. If you’re cooking with coal, always make sure the coals are white before placing your meat on the griddle, and tend to it regularly. Keep it simple.

What’s next for the butchery team?

The finishing touches have just been made to a brand new fridge dedicated solely to our charcuterie products. This means we’ll have much more space to expand our range as the months go on. Our charcuterie’s been hugely popular, and adds diversity to our more traditional cuts and products. I’m really excited to see how this changes how we work. And after summer’s out of the way, we’ll be focussing on Christmas! It’s a scary thought, but it always needs as much forward planning as possible – from staff, to orders and coping with demand. We’ll be taking orders for Christmas very soon, so keep up to date on our website and social media.

Ludlow Food Centre Butchery Team

Ludlow Food Centre Butchery Team

Visit Ludlow Food Centre's fantastic stall at the Festival or call in and see them at the Food Centre itself on the A49 in Bromfield, outside Ludlow.




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Meet Ludlow Food Centre's Dairy Manager, Dudley Martin

5th August 2016

Meet Ludlow Food Centre's Dairy Manager, Dudley Martin 

With more than 20 years’ experience in making artisan cheeses, Ludlow Food Centre’s Dairy Manager, Dudley Martin, is a fountain of knowledge.

Now making more than 10 cheeses in one of the country’s smallest dairies with comrade Paul Bedford – also clocking in an impressive 20 years – Dudley began his career 20 years ago at Malvern Cheesewrights, in bordering Worcestershire, before moving on to nearby Lightwood Cheese in 2001.

Just three months after Ludlow Food Centre opened in April 2007, Dudley joined the business as head cheesemaker, using fresh milk from the Food Centre’s Oakly Park Estate to create a special range of cheeses, as well as handmade butter and cream cheese for fresh and frozen desserts.

Ludlow Food Centre Cheese

Now, almost ten years later, Dudley continues to create and innovate, relentlessly seeking new ways to connect his cheeses with the town of Ludlow and the Shropshire countryside.

Ludlow Food Centre Cheese

Dudley is really looking forward to the biggest food festival in the UK and from 9th-11th September he will be part of the Ludlow Food Centre team showcasing hundreds of independent producers and farm shops within Shropshire and the Welsh Marche. It is the perfect platform for festival goers to sample some of Ludlow Food Centre’s handmade produce, specifically the hundreds of artisan cheeses you will be able to sample and buy.

Ludlow Food Festival

Visit their festival marquee between 9-11 September to gain an insight in the award-winning farm shop, based just two miles north of Ludlow on the A49, in the village of Bromfield.

Ludlow Food Centre

 

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Ludlow Lifestyle: Spotlight on Ludlow Food Centre

5th August 2016

Ludlow Lifestyle: Spotlight on Ludlow Food Centre

Ludlow Food Centre

It’s a busy time of year for Ludlow Food Centre – as well as thinking ahead to the treats that Christmas will bring us, even the most seasoned of foodies are excited by the prospect of autumn’s tantalising offerings, and the celebrations of great food that lie ahead.

Voted as the UK’s Food Hall of The Year in April’s Farm Shop & Deli awards, Ludlow Food Centre brings together seasonal produce, artisan food production and local fare under one roof. Having also been awarded five gold stars by the Guild of Fine Food in July, it continues to make waves in the speciality food industry. And all of this makes for a particularly exciting few months.

Food Hall of the Year

First up in the calendar is Ludlow Food Festival – arguably the finest and most prestigious of the UK’s food festivals, now in its 21st year – right on Ludlow Food Centre’s doorstep. Showcasing hundreds of independent producers and farm shops within Shropshire and the Welsh Marches, it is the perfect platform for festival goers to sample some of Ludlow Food Centre’s handmade produce.

Ludlow Food Festival

Serving an array of foodie delights from artisan cheeses, ice-cream and hand-roasted coffee, to scratch-baked bread, cuts of Estate-reared lamb and award-winning butchery products, as well as handmade scotch eggs and sausage rolls, it is the perfect opportunity to speak to the real artisans that make Ludlow Food Centre’s food so special. Visit their festival marquee between 9-11 September to gain an insight in the award-winning farm shop, based just two miles north of Ludlow on the A49, in the village of Bromfield.

As one event on the food calendar ends, another begins – and so we look forward to British Food Fortnight from September 187 to October 2, where there are few places more appropriate to celebrate than at Ludlow Food Centre. When more than 50% of everything sold there is handmade on site, and a further 30% sourced from Shropshire’s three surrounding counties of Powys, Worcestershire and Herefordshire, it epitomises the importance of British food, and supporting local producers. Many of its vegetables are sourced from Lady Windsor’s Walled Garden, just half a mile away on the Oakly Park Estate.

But, for Ludlow Food Centre, fresh, local and handmade food is very much a year-round operation – and with its 10th birthday around the corner in 2017, it’s testament to the fact that now, supporting local is more important and exciting than ever before.

Ludlow Food Centre

 

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Louise Welsby

Buy-From Shropshire

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