Two Norfolk Businesses in The Rural Oscars
Two Norfolk businesses are celebrating after being listed as finalists in the Countryside Alliance Awards, ‘The Rural Oscars’.
Friends Crawford White, of G. F. White Butchers in Aylsham, and Jason Borthwick, of Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale, have won awards in the past, but to be finalists in the hotly contested national awards is superb news.
“We’ve won the regional butcher award in the past, but to be up for the national award is great. Fingers crossed we’ll be celebrating with Jason and the Dalegate Market team in April, when we all attend the awards ceremony at Westminster.” Said Crawford.
From across the UK, there are only 42 finalists across 4 categories. Dalegate Market joins nine other finalists in the Tourism Enterprise Category, and G. F. White Butchers joins nine other finalists in the Butcher Category. The judging process starts after Christmas with visits from the panel, and the winners are announced at a lunch in April.
“Being invited to Westminster is always an honour and we’re in excellent company with these other finalists. It’ll be a nervous wait until April, but it will help to know there are friends at the reception. Good luck to Crawford and his team.” Said Jason Borthwick
Crawford is the third generation of butchers, learning his trade from his grandfather and father, before he took over the business fully fourteen years ago. G. F. White Butchers are renowned for the quality of their meat, and the provenance of that meat.
Jason and his father, Alister, set up Dalegate Market almost ten years ago, and the site has grown into a major North Norfolk Coast hub. The site is home to shops and Deepdale Café, which are open throughout the year. Jason also organises the Deepdale Christmas Market, which hosted over one hundred stalls this year and welcomed over ten thousand visitors throughout the three days.
Norfolk should be immensely proud to have such a good representation in these prestigious National Awards.