Local businesses up for the Rural Oscars
The finalists for the 2019 Countryside Alliance Awards have been announced and two north Northumberland businesses are on the shortlist.
The awards, known as the Rural Oscars, are a celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through hardworking businesses.
Cornhill Village Shop and Post Office and Norham butcher R G Foreman & Sonare shortlisted in their categories. Also shortlisted are Rothbury Family Butchers and the Cook and Barker at Newton-on-the-Moor.
Regional champions will be announced in May, with the final to be held in London in June.
This year saw over 17,000 nominations submitted and they have been whittled down to the best of the best.
The categories are: Local food and drink, village shop/post office, butcher, rural enterprise and pubs.
Countryside Alliance Awards Director Sarah Lee said: “We received a record breaking 17,000 nominations this year showing just how much the public values and supports our hard-working rural businesses.
All of the finalists should be really proud to have gotten this far as it shows just how valued they are in their rural communities.
The Countryside Alliance is honoured to offer a voice to rural business in this way and recognise all the hard work that is done. I look forward to getting out and visiting these fantastic businesses as judging gets underway.”
The finalists in the 2019 Rural Oscars in the North East are:
Local food/ drink category
Hutchinson Hobbs Farm Shop, Holdenfields Farm, Castlelevington, Yarm, North Yorkshire
Bistro Forty Six, 46 Brentwood Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hadrian’s Game Larder, 30 Burswell Avenue, Hexham, Northumberland
North Acomb Farm Shop, North Acomb Farm, Bywell, Stocksfield, Northumberland
Village shop / Post Office category
Teesdale Supply Store - Cotherstone Post Office, Post Office, Cotherstone, Barnard Castle, Durham
Cornhill on Tweed Shop, Cafe and Post Office, Main Street, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland
Slaley Community Village Shop, The Village Shop, Slaley, Hexham, Northumberland
Middleton St George Post Office, 5 The Square, Middleton St. George, Darlington, County Durham
R G Foreman & Son, 8 Castle Street, Norham, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland
Rothbury Family Butchers, Lindsay House, Town Foot, Morpeth, Northumberland
Charlotte’s Butchery, 15 Ashburton Road, Gosfoth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Rural Enterprise category
Home from Home Boarding Kennels and Cattery, Allerburn, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumberland
The Twice Brewed Inn,Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland
DPT UK EURO Ltd, Billingham, County Durham
Brocksbushes Farm, Corbridge, Northumberland
The Bird in Bush, Village Green, Elsdon, Hexham, Northumberland
The Plough Inn, Mitford Morpeth, Northumberland
The Rose Inn, Rosehill Bank, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear
The Cook and Barker, Newton-on-the-Moor, Morpeth, Northumberland