Langley Chase Vikings crowned kings of organic sheep
Langley Chase Organic Farm Wins Gold and Silver at National
Organic Food Awards
31 August 2006: Langley Chase Organic
Farm, (www.langleychase.co.uk), has the tastiest organic sheep
in Britain, winning gold and silver for its mutton and mutton
and mint burgers at the National Organic Food Awards run by
the Soil Association, it was announced today. This is the
third successive year the Langley Chase Manx Loghtans
have won a major award, Langley Chase lamb won best
organic lamb in Britain in 2003 and 2004 at the Organic
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, chef and National Organic Food
Awards judge, presented Mrs Jane Kallaway with her award at
Bordeaux Quay, Bristol on the eve of the Soil Associations
Organic Food Festival and Fortnight.
Langley Chase Organic Farm, Chippenham, Wiltshire, only produces
Manx Loghtan sheep, a striking, multi-horned, ancient rare
breed believed to have been introduced into the UK by the
Vikings. The Farm sells its award winning lamb, year lamb,
mutton and a wide variety of sausages and burgers to customers
across the UK via its website www.langleychase.co.uk.
In addition to its taste, the Manx Loghtan is also significantly
leaner* - lower in both fat and cholesterol - than commercial
breeds, making Langley Chase lamb and mutton an award winning,
healthy, organic choice.
Raymond Blanc, Sophie Grigson, Giles Coren, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall,
and Darina Allen were amongst the judges of this years
Soil Association Organic Food Awards. About Langley Chases
mutton and mutton and mint burgers the judges said: It
has a fantastic flavour, is delicious and fresh, and has great
colour and texture.
Mrs Jane Kallaway said: Producing high quality
lamb and mutton is our passion, were thrilled with the
awards and overjoyed our mutton has been recognised as the
best in Britain by such expert judges. Weve always been
very enthusiastic about mutton as its so adaptable and
tasty. Its great that we can now say weve now
got award winning mutton as well as lamb!
The farm continues to grow as does interest from the
public in both our sheep and the way we farm. Over the past
12 months weve increased our farm visits programme,
broadened the farms biodiversity action plan and increased
the range of products we sell from mutton to sheepskins.
Langley Chase has seen an increase in demand for mutton as
food lovers become more aware of the versatility and taste
the meat provides. Prince Charles lists mutton as his favourite
food and launched The Mutton Renaissance Club in February
2006 to raise the profile of the meat.
From left to right (Craig Sams, Chair,
The Soil Association; Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, chef
and Food Awards Judge; Mrs Jane Kallaway; Patrick Holden,
Director, The Soil Association.)