EAST YORKSHIRE SMOKEHOUSE CELEBRATES HAT-TRICK OF AWARDS ““ AND NOW COMPETES FOR ENGLAND!
Justin and Georgina Staal are enjoying their home smoked salmon with a glass or two of bubbly this week, as they toast the success of their Staal Smokehouse ““ which has won three prestigious food awards in under three years and has just been shortlisted for VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014 (VEHEY).
The couple, who run the smokery at Long Riston, near Beverley scooped the ‘Remarkable Fayre’ award in the 2013 Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards, or REYTAs, earlier this month ““ within months of securing a Great Taste Award for their Twice Smoked Duck, and two Deliciouslyorkshire 2012/13 awards for ‘Best Newcomer’ and their Oak Smoked Salmon.
The business will now automatically be put through to the national VEHEY Awards (formerly the Enjoy England Awards) ““ the highest accolade in English tourism.
“It was an absolute shock to win the Remarkable Fayre award ““ and then find out we would be put through to the VisitEngland awards with the chance to win national recognition,” says Justin. “We went along to the ceremony secure in the knowledge that our names wouldn’t be called as we were up against such strong competition ““ and then we won!
“The last few years has been an amazing journey and although a lot of people have said our smoked products are lovely, it’s great to get an official pat on the back. It’s very good for the ego!”
Justin and Georgina followed a long-held dream to start their own business when they set up Staal Smokehouse at Georgina’s family farm in 2010. Today, the eight-strong range of products includes Cold Smoked Salmon, Hot Smoked Trout, Smoked Mackerel and Hot Smoked Chicken ““ all made from locally sourced ingredients.
Log on to www.staalsmokehouse.co.uk for more details.