Ludlow Food Centre Celebrates First Birthday

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There was a party atmosphere this Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April at the Ludlow Food Centre, Bromfield, as we celebrated a hugely successful first year in business.

Visitors to the store over the weekend were treated to a host of free samples and a chance to meet the Centre’s own butcher, baker, cheese and jam makers who normally work behind the shop’s eight plate glass windows producing quality fresh foods each day.

Cheese connoisseurs were invited to make a beeline for dairy man Dudley Martin who is readying to launch his latest innovation, a white crumbly-textured cheese inspired by an old recipe developed by the monks at what used to be Bromfield Priory, now the village church. Shoppers were asked to try two variants of the Bromfield Priory cheese: one mild and mellow, the other mature and tangy – the most popular choice will then go officially on sale.

Managing Director Sandy Boyd has seen business go from strength to strength over the past 12 months and demand for the Food Centre’s award winning bread, meats and deli produce is so high that the kitchens have had to double production in order to keep up.

He says, ‘It has been an eventful first year that has seen us win awards for our handmade sausages, black pudding and breads; open the doors to the immensely popular Conservatory Barn Café and the Windsor Conference Room and we are delighted we have managed to save the newly refurbished Bromfield Post Office from closure. We recently conducted a customer survey to see how we are doing and have been thrilled and excited to receive such a positive response. It’s important to listen to what the locals want and with that in mind, development has started on a range of special dietary foods, including diabetic and gluten free, which we hope to launch later this year.’

More good news for the Food Centre came earlier this month when incumbent dessert maker Catherine Moran of Sweet Stuff Slow won Best Producer at the 2008 Observer Food Monthly Awards. Her ‘Pots of Deliciousness’ made with Valrhona chocolate and local orchard fruits, were highly praised by cookery writer Nigel Slater and are produced in the Centre’s new enterprise unit, designed to support and progress young local food entrepreneurs.

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