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Cumbrian butchers to stock local specialist breed
Published:  09 February, 2017

Cranstons Quality Butchers is offering shoppers the chance to sample the distinctive taste of Lake District Herdwick Lamb. 

Farmed in the Lake District for hundreds of years, the breed is best known for its grazing methods. The way in which they roam high in the Lakeland Fells, consuming the greenery, results in a distinctive sweet flavour.

Also known as Herdies, the local sheep breed graze from 3,000 feet and have become famed within the Lake District area. Their tendency to remain in one area means farmers can let them roam freely, knowing where they can find them again.
 
This independence allows them to graze and mature slowly, while the stress-free environment results in a more succulent and gamier flavour than regular lamb.

“Throughout the year we like to stock specialist breeds such as Herdwick and, for example, Solway Salt Marsh Lamb, giving our customers the opportunity to sample unique tasting regional meats,” said Roger Cranston, operations director for the firm.

The sheepmeat will be available for consumers from Cranstons Food Halls in Penrith, Brampton and Orton Grange during the months of February and March.

“As well as providing fantastic, tasty meat that’s different to regular lamb, the Herdwick breed grazes the fells, maintaining their environment and creating the landscape we all recognise,” added Peter Lightfoot of Gillside Farm, one of Cranstons’ Herdwick Lamb suppliers.

“Whenever they buy Herdwick Lamb from Cranstons, customers are helping to sustain traditional farming methods, as well as the Lakeland landscape.”