A pair of butchers and a well-known farm shop in Bradford district will be heading to the House of Lords after being named among the Yorkshire winners of the ‘rural Oscars’.
They have been invited to the House of Lords next month to hear if they have scooped a national title.
Now in their seventh year, the awards celebrate the characters, skills, traditions and enterprise of people who work in the countryside.
Each business has been nominated by their customers and the shortlist was judged by a panel of experts.
Yorkshire’s winners for 2011 are introduced by Simon Hamlyn, Countryside Alliance regional director for the North of England.
Ellisons and Lishman’s were named joint winners in the butcher category.
Mr Hamlyn said: “It was impossible to choose between these two West Yorkshire outfits so I am commending them both to the national judging panel.
“Ellisons excels in top quality meat, skilled butchery and hog roast hire while also cheering customers with their friendliness.
“Lishman's also supports West Yorkshire’s farmers by selling high quality, local produce.
“Owner David Lishman is a popular character who also sells game at his Ilkley shop, encouraging customers to try something new and helping with recipes.
“Both of these butchers champion Yorkshire farmers and Yorkshire communities, and are worthy of great support and praise.”
Keelham Farm Shop, in Brighouse and Denholmegate Road, won the Yorkshire local food category champion.
Mr Hamlyn said Keelham had won the category for supporting 250 Yorkshire producers, running its own bus service and carrying out educational work in Bradford district.
He said: “Keelham is clearly a central part of the community and the Farm Shop supports local charities, sells customers’ excess vegetables and also provides a local bus service called the Keelham Shopper Hopper.
“Yorkshire’s farming industry is a proud part of its heritage and encouraging children to embrace it through educational days is vital to the industry’s future, and children’s understanding of healthy eating. This shop is a great all rounder and I have very high hopes for it in the national finals.”
The Grand Final will be held on March 7. The judging panel will be chaired by Countryside Alliance executive chairman Barney White-Spunner and includes Clarissa Dickson Wright, Farmers Guardian editor Emma Penny, Philip Johnston of the Daily Telegraph and Chris Dewbury of Hunter Boot.