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James Cunningham Jnr, managing director of Cunningham’s Butchers, Food Hall, Bistro and Steak House in Kilkeel named Best in Northern Ireland in the UK Farm Shop and Deli Awards, pictured with some of his team.

James Cunningham Jnr, managing director of Cunningham’s Butchers, Food Hall, Bistro and Steak House in Kilkeel named Best in Northern Ireland in the UK Farm Shop and Deli Awards, pictured with some of his team.

James Cunningham Jnr, managing director of Cunningham’s Butchers, Food Hall, Bistro and Steak House in Kilkeel named Best in Northern Ireland in the UK Farm Shop and Deli Awards, pictured with some of his team.

Cunningham Butchers, Food Hall, Bistro and Steak House in Kilkeel has been named the best in Northern Ireland at the prestigious annual Farm Shop and Deli Awards 2022.

The retailer, which also has a shop in Newry, was successful in the competition which featured specialist retailers across 12 categories in nine UK regions.

For 2022, the awards recognised specialist retailers doing their part to create a better world through sustainable initiatives, whilst supporting their customers, communities and suppliers.

The judges were looking for retailers showing innovation to adapt their business during the unprecedented past 12-18 months.

Cunningham’s, a fourth-generation butchers in Kilkeel, is celebrating over 100 years in business. It has grown from a family butcher to a food hall with local artisan foods and a modern bistro and steak house.

The family-run butchery in Co Down has expanded its business with the creation of a shop at The Quays shopping centre, Newry, and the addition of a fully licensed cocktail bar at its restaurant in Kilkeel.

Over the past five years the business has increased its workforce from five to 50 employees, contributing significantly to local employment.

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The business which held the title of Best Butcher Shop in both the UK and Ireland 2018/2019, and picked up a number of other prestige accolades.

Cunningham’s produces over 1,000 different product lines including gluten-free items and is one of only a few Northern Irish butchers with a Himalayan Salt Chamber for dry-ageing its beef.

James Cunningham Jnr, managing director of Cunningham’s, believes it’s a focus on innovation and farming heritage that has stood the business in good stead.

“Innovation is at the heart of our operations, and that was the reason behind our new cocktail bar which expands our offering to customers who can enjoy food and drinks in a beautiful setting,” he said.


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