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Larne firm bakes up a Great Taste with top recipes

By Sara Neill

Food NI has congratulated the winners of the Great Taste Awards - including the Larne bakery whose winning cakes and breads are made under the watchful eye of its septuagenarian founder.

Sean Agnew opened his first Ann's Pantry in Larne in 1967, naming it after his wife.

Its traditional Irish oven brown soda with Guinness was given two stars in this year's Great Taste Awards, which are regarded as the Oscars of the food world.

Six other products, including its custard tarts, were awarded one star.

Helen Porter said her 73-year-old father introduced many of the recipes still on sale in the store.

She said: "Dad still comes in and shouts at people if he doesn't think it's being baked as well as it should be.

"We're delighted to be recognised again in the awards, it's a great boost to the team and every year we wonder if we're going to be as good as we were last year."

Ann's Pantry is one of 70 businesses to be recognised, with three products winning three stars, more than 20 achieving two stars and almost 120 awarded two stars.

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