Pub­lic praise leads to na­tional ac­co­lade

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

Loch Arthur Cream­ery and Farm Shop has been named Scot­land’s Hid­den Gem.

The Beeswing or­gan­i­sa­tion scooped the hon­our at the first ever Scots­man Food and Drink Awards, held in Ed­in­burgh last Wed­nes­day.

The cat­e­gory aimed to recog­nise Scot­land’s “best sur­prises”, whether it be se­cret spots, cre­ative lo­ca­tions or the stun­ning views they of­fered.

And Loch Arthur came out on top af­ter win­ning a pub­lic vote for the award.

Loch Arthur’s Barry Gra­ham was told by the judges that they had won by a sub­stan­tial mar­gin and was de­lighted for the sup­port they had re­ceived from vot­ers and cus­tomers.

He said: “It was a bit of a shock. We’re not big on so­cial me­dia such as Twit­ter or Face­book so we thought the award would go to some­one with a big me­dia pres­ence but it has gone to some­one with more of a phys­i­cal pres­ence. It’s very re­as­sur­ing.”

Vot­ers were par­tic­u­larly taken by Loch Arthur “not only be­cause of its out­stand­ing pro­duce, but on ac­count of its in­cred­i­ble work with men and women with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties”.

The char­ity re­cently re­ceived a five star VisitS­cot­land grad­ing.

Hid­den gem Staff at the Loch Arthur shop with the award

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