Farm Retail Awards 2020

The Farm Retail Awards celebrate the cream of the crop in the industry. They are the only awards judged by fellow farm retailers and celebrate the best farm shops, farm cafés and restaurants, farmers’ markets and trade suppliers in the country

The 2020 awards took place in March at our annual event dedicated to farm retailers, ‘Stronger Together’, which this year took place at the Nottingham Belfry, running alongside our annual conference and trade show.

Our winners and finalists 2020

Café/ restaurant of the Year

kindly sponsored by Vision Commercial Kitchens

WINNER: Strawberry Fields Farm Shop (South West)

According to judges “The food hall and restaurant would not be out of place in Harrods!”

FINALISTS

Drewtons (Yorkshire & the Humber)
Canalside (West Midlands)
Manor Farm Shop & Farm café (East Midlands)

Small farm shop of the Year

kindly sponsored by The Cress Co

WINNER: Canalside (West Midlands)

Judges said its passionate owner cared “deeply about the quality of its products, the customer experience and sustainability.”

FINALISTS 

Villa Farm Shop & Café (Yorkshire & the Humber)

Croots Farm Shop (North West)

Manor Farm Shop & Farm café (East Midlands)

Rising Star of the Year

kindly sponsored by Field Fare

WINNER: The Farm Stratford (West Midlands)

The judges cited the “wow factor” of the magnificent food hall and highlighted the enthusiastic team members and efforts towards sustainability.

FINALISTS 

Bradbury’s Farm shop (West Midlands)

Knights Farm Shop (South West)

Large Farm Shop of the Year

kindly sponsored by WR Wright & Sons

WINNER: Strawberry Fields Farm Shop (South West)

Judges were impressed by the amazing shopping space, the sustainable way the business generated energy and the can-do attitude from the leadership team.

FINALISTS 

Cannon Hall Farm Shop (Yorkshire & the Humber)

Farndon Fields Farm Shop (East Midlands)

Newlyns Farm Shop (South East)

Farmers Market of the Year

WINNER: Shipbourne Farmers Market (South East)

Judges praised the welcoming and relaxed feel and the friendly and happy stallholders.

FINALISTS 

Lenham Country Market (South East)

West Malling Farmers Market (South East)

Supplier of the Year

WINNER: Open Retail Solutions (East Midlands)

Praised for its high standard of customer service.

FINALISTS

The EPOS Bureau (Northern Ireland)

B Smith Packaging (West Midlands)

Appetite Me (East of England)

Lifetime Achievement Award

kindly sponsored by Insight 6

John Sinclair, Craigies (Edinburgh)

WINNER: John Sinclair, Craigies (Edinburgh)

Diversifying a 250-acre arable farm in South Queensferry into one of Scotland’s best-known and respected farm shops in the form of Craigie’s Farm Deli and Café, has given John Sinclair years of experience in his field.

Rob Copley, chair of FRA, said:

“John is such a worthy winner of the Lifetime Achievement award. He was an esteemed member of the FRA committee for more than 15 years as well as running a hugely popular and successful farm and farm shop near Edinburgh.

“Not only is John highly respected in the industry, he is also a genuinely lovely person and we are so grateful to him for all his hard work and loyalty to FRA. His accolade is very much deserved.”

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