The Village Bakery in Melmerby, near Penrith was named winner of the Taste of Cumbria Award at a ceremony on 13 May at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.

The award covers all sectors of the food industry from local food producers to farm shops and restaurants.

The criteria being that they create a taste experience and are committed to buying or producing locally. Michael Bell, managing director of The Village Bakery, said: “It’s fantastic and reflects all that we’ve being trying to achieve at The Village Bakery over the years.”

It has always been the aim of the bakery to offer good quality organic food, and this is something that appears to be becoming more important to consumers.

“We also have an organic restaurant which was the first in the country to be accredited by the Soil Association’s Organic Standard,” said Bell. The Village Bakery will now go through to the North West regional final.