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Cranstons unveil new look city centre Food Hall

[C]ranstons re-launched their Carlisle city centre Food Hall on Thursday, Barry Pearson who has managed the shop for over 20 years declared the completely refurbished food hall open, cutting a ribbon of Cumberland sausages as is the Cranstons tradition. Cranstons are celebrating the relaunch in style with their customers throughout today offering slices of a giant opening day cake, fizz and local produce samples galore.

The sleek and modern Food Hall will feature Cranstons renowned butchery and delicatessen produce and a bigger range of butchery produce to ‘grab and go’. A brand new hot counter offers hot breakfasts and lunches alongside freshly ground coffee and locally made scones. The food hall also boasts a new salad bar and sandwich range making it a great place to grab lunch.

35 Cumbrian food and drink producers will supply the food hall with a much enhanced range of local goods including Carlisle’s Bruce and Luke’s coffee and Gingerbread Bakery. The Food Hall is now licensed so customers can buy wine to compliment their meal or enjoy a bottle of beer from one of 5 Cumbrian breweries. Gretna Bakeries popular range of bread and cakes will still feature prominently.

Martin Jones, Cranstons Retail Director ‘’ The combination of Cranstons butchery and deli produce with the best local produce from our region has proved a winning formula for us at Penrith, Orton and Brampton so we are thrilled that we can now offer this in Carlisle. It is not just the product ranges that have changed, the interior of the shop is unrecognisable! The dated brown and cream tiles have been banished creating a more spacious and stylish shopping experience.’’

Cranstons invested over £200,000 in the 6 week refurbishment project. The sophisticated bespoke shop fit combines oak, mild steel and slate with high quality graphics was masterminded by Cumbrian designer Jane Sanderson who worked with Postlethwaite Construction on the project. The shop remained partially open throughout the build.

Barry Pearson the Food Hall manager who has worked for Cranstons for over 30 years said ‘’I am really excited to be able to unveil our new look Food Hall. I am particularly pleased with the new improved breakfast and lunch takeaway area and the new local producer’s ranges we are now able to offer. I’d like to thank our loyal customers for their patience throughout all the disruption, they really have been great and I hope they are as pleased as we are with the results’’.

Cranstons Carlisle Food Hall on Fisher Street is open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday (5:30pm on Friday)

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