Cranstons visits the Women’s Institute

18th September 2023

Mark, Manager at both our Carlisle and our Brampton Food Halls, joined Carlisle Assistant Manager Ian, and apprentice Rhys at Stapleton Hall on the 13th September, to give a presentation to the WI. Stapleton, Kirklinton, Lees Hill and Walton’s WI groups all attended to see two of our Master Butchers at work!

Ian demonstrated how to prepare 11 different products, and how to create a Cranstons counter display. Mark prepared half a Salt Marsh Lamb whilst chatting to the group about Cranstons and how it’s developed throughout the years.

Mark explained how the business had grown since 1914 when Stanley Cranston began delivering meat around the Eden Valley on his horse and cart. Cranstons has evolved from a travelling butchers, to a high-street butchers. Today the company champions Cumbrian produce in it’s 4 local produce Food Halls. He also spoke about our ethos, and passion to use nearby farmers and producers, and our commitment to traditional craft butchery skills.

Mark also explained Cranstons commitment to employ and develop local people. A perfect example of this was our apprentice Rhys, who is from Stapleton. Rhys is currently being mentored to become a Master Butcher. All of the attendees were delighted that a young local lad was being trained by such skilled butchers.

Everyone was intrigued by the display and the lamb, and asked plenty of questions all the way through, keeping the butchers busy! Mark, Ian and Rhys were invited to stay for a homemade buffet supper, and were asked to judge the chocolate cake competition (It’s a hard life!). All the Cranstons products were raffled off for charity.

A great evening was had by all!