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Farm Stay B&B win Taste of North East Award

Farm Bed and Breakfast wins North East England Taste Award

15 October 2010

Farm Stay member, Low Urpeth Farm Bed and Breakfast near Durham, has captured the Bronze medal in the prestigious Taste North East England Tourism Awards for creating an inspirational breakfast which is the pride of the region.

The award recognises the awe-inspiring ‘Cracking Urpeth Breakfast’ which showcases the best local produce from the region and is still lovingly prepared and served by the farmer and his wife, Peter and Hilary Johnson.

Low Urpeth Farm strives to deliver a unique countryside experience making visitors part of the rich heritage of a farm which has been in the family for over 190 years, while promoting the region through the dramatic and inspiring rural landscape, its sustainable local produce people and customs.

Low Urpeth Farm’s policy is to source local farm-assured, seasonal, organic and/or fair-trade produce for the benefit of our guests.  This is done to support the local businesses and bring added value to their experience. This includes meats, eggs, vegetables, bread, jams and fruits from a variety of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham farms, butchers and garden centres. 

Andy Woodward, Chief Executive of Farm Stay, congratulated Low Urpeth Farm on its award, declaring: “Farm Stay breakfasts are cooked to order with outstanding fresh local produce and a smile every morning and it is this passion and  personal attention which makes Farm Stay breakfasts a winning combination.”

A delighted Hilary Johnson, said: “We pride ourselves on offering a superb experience through the quality of our accommodation, friendliness and our award winning breakfast to ensure guests leave with a passionate view of Low Urpeth and the North East. 

“Food is our passion and we’re very proud of what we have produced here at Low Urpeth based upon a great selection of local tastes. We are constantly trying to put the best of the North East on a plate and have had food taste challenges for our guests to sample, because it’s their opinion that matters the most. We also have a comprehensive training programme for our staff to keep our creative juices flowing!

“This is recognition and a reward for the whole Low Urpeth Team as well all the local producers we use from County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear". 

Not content to sit on its laurels, Low Urpeth now has its own brand products – ‘Hilary’s Homemade’ – which brings together a selection of breads, jams and pastries using recipes handed down through generations.


For more information Low Urpeth Farm, call

Sandra Johnson - 0191 410 2901 /077 69 67 1808


Low Urpeth Farm, Ouston, Chester-Le-Street, Co Durham DH2 1BD


For more information about Farm Stay, please visit, or to become a member please contact Andy Woodward on tel 02476 696909 or email

 Note to editor:

1.      Farm Stay UK was set up in 1983 as the Farm Holiday Bureau. Today it is a farmer-owned consortium offering farm tourism.

2.      Low Urpeth Farm, near Chester Le Street, is a large traditionally furnished family home on an arable farm offering 4 Star Silver award Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast and 4 star self catering accommodation including Silver Green Tourism Business Scheme Award.

3.   Low Urpeth Farm has been a member of Farm Stay for over 20 years, and CLA and NFU for over 40 years.

4.      Breakfast Awards: 

                                       i.      North East England Tourism Awards 2010 Taste Award – Bronze

                                     ii.      TasteDurham (Visit County Durham) 2010 - Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion

                                    iii.      Enjoy England Breakfast 2009

5.      Low Urpeth Farm were the first B&B provider to be accepted into the Visit County Durham’s Taste Durham Scheme in 2010 and received the top award - Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion

6.      Guests staying in the self catering cottages can also sample "Cracking Urpeth Breakfast"

7.      Price range for B&B per room per night: £75-80 in double ensuite; £52-55 single occupancy

8.      Low Urpeth Farm has been in the Johnson family ancestry for over 190 years (since 1816), the present house being built around 1898. The Bed and breakfast was established in 1988.

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