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Organic Welsh Lamb Shoulder is ‘Highly Commended’ in Great British Food Awards 2018

Rhug Estate is delighted its Organic Salt Marsh Lamb is the only Lamb to have won an award in this year’s Great British Food Awards. Rhug Salt Marsh Lamb has been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the fresh meat section of the Great British Food Awards 2018.

Michelin-starred restaurant owner and chef, Glynn Purnell, chose the ultimate winners in the fresh meat section of the Great British Food Awards. Rhug Estate Organic Salt Marsh Lamb, Red Ruby Short Ribs, Welsh Wagu Sirloin Steak, herb-fed free range turkey made it into the top four of the section with Red Ruby Short Ribs winning the section and Rhug’s Salt Marsh Lamb gaining ‘Highly Commended’.

Glynn Purnell described Rhug Organic Salt Marsh Lamb as “Nice and lean with a golden, crispy skin and good caramelisation. It fell off the bone.”

Lord Newborough, Owner of the Rhug Estate, said:

“We are delighted to have been chosen as the only lamb to win in this year’s Great British Food Award for our Organic Salt Marsh Lamb. I’m grateful to Glynn Purnell for his explicit description of the meat after he had cooked it. We pride ourselves on producing the best quality organic meat for our customers, whether they be in our Farm Shop, online or wholesale. Rhug Organic Salt Marsh Lamb can also be found on some of the most prestigious menus in the world.”

Rhug Organic Salt Marsh Lamb is produced on the Estate’s coastal farm, Tŷ Mawr, near Caernarfon, by Deio Hughes and his family. The fields at Tŷ Mawr are washed by the sea in the winter and as a result grow special grasses and herbs such as sea lavender, samphire, sorrel, thrift and other salt marsh grasses. This unique environment imparts the lamb with its distinctive and very special, sweet, light flavour that is so sought after by top chefs throughout the world. Salt Marsh Lamb is seasonal because as the grasses die back the flavour diminishes so it is only available from June until December.

Lord Newborough said, “Rhug Organic Salt Marsh Lamb has such a unique flavour. The sweet, delicate flavour that the salt marsh grasses produce, combined with the organic farming system Deio uses produce a mouth-watering texture to our lamb. Customers in London’s Borough Market, Deli stores around the UK and top restaurants look forward to our Salt Marsh Lamb season starting every year. Well done to Deio and his family for producing such top quality meat.”