We have a traditional butcher’s shop which sits within our farm shop. The organic meat is sourced from our family farm next door to Cross Lanes.
Derek is our fantastic butcher who our customers know well. He keeps our farm shop counter stocked with an eye catching display of organic meat, everything can be cut to order in front of you.
Our butchers supply our kitchen with all the organic meat required for the restaurant and our increasing popular range of frozen ready meals sold in our farm shop. Our chefs work closely with the butchers continuously developing recipes, all our sausages, burgers and kebabs are made with our own homemade seasoning and where possible homegrown herbs.
Cross Lanes is the hub of a bigger project working closely with the adjoining family run farm in the Hare family. Simon Hare, farmer, is married to Stevie, the daughter of Peter & Sue Coverdale the owners of Cross Lanes. Stevie is a chef in the kitchens at Cross Lanes.
The aim is for food miles to be virtually zero, the animals are raised on the pastures of our organic family farm next to Cross Lanes, giving a real focus on shortening supply chains from farm gate to consumer.
Organic 100% Grass Fed Beef Shorthorn
We have our own certified Organic 100% Grass-fed Beef Shorthorn which is also certified with Pasture For Life. We are very passionate and feel very strongly about the value and meaning of this certification.
All our animals have been born, reared and finished on the rich clover pastures of Brignall without any supplementary feeding. The Pasture For Life Certification ensures the animals are genuinely 100% grass-fed, giving the meat the distinction it deserves. Our production systems have been independently verified and prove our animals have only ever eaten pasture and are kept according to the ‘Pasture for Life’ standards. Our shorthorns are born and raised on natural grass clover rich meadows without any supplementary feeding, producing tender, flavoursome marbled meat.
The beef carcasses are hung for a minimum of 14 days, aiming for 28 days plus aged to produce tender flavoursome cuts of beef.
Research has shown that many of the health benefits associated with pasture fed meat decline after only a few weeks of grain feeding, such as the short time at the end of their finishing period. More and more meat is being promoted as grass-fed, however, until now, the term has not been clearly defined and can be applied to virtually any farming system where grass forms just part of the animal’s diet. The Pasture for Life Certification demands the animals only ever eat a natural diet of fresh or conserved pasture for their entire lives. It is important to us that customers understand the true system, the meat we use is produced ethically.
Pasture for Life beef is the healthiest type of meat available
Pasture For Life beef is better for human health than grain-fed beef in many ways:
Lower total fat levels than meat from grain-fed animals and is also lower in saturated fat content. cholesterol content proved to be lower than conventionally fed animals.
Has higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, good fats that can help fight disease and a lower, more balanced (and healthier) ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.
Significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) an anti-cancer agent, than meat from grain-fed animals and higher levels of vaccenic acid, which can be turned into CLA.
Higher vitamin and mineral levels than meat from grain-fed animals. Particularly rich in vitamins A and E, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Environmentally friendly with flower rich meadows filled with insects, birds and mammals, low carbon footprint, rejuvenates worn-out soils and keeps water ways clean.
Animal friendly, animals fed on a natural diet of grass and pasture are less stressed, live longer and are more fertile.
Farmer friendly, a natural and rewarding approach to farming producing high quality food.
Fully traceable, meat can be traced quickly to the farm and individual animal it came from.
The grass-fed diet leads to a creamy soft yellow coloured sweet tasting fat which is higher in Omega 3 oils. This is one of the lesser known health benefits of grass fed traditional rare breed meat. It also has a rich natural source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). The beef is hung and matured on the bone, the end product is marbled beef which has a unique flavour, being succulent and tender.
Organic Rarebreed Pork
We stock our own Rarebreed pigs on the family farm. Simon has gradually established his rare breed organic pig herd of Berkshires, Tamworths, Gloucester Old Spots and Mangalitsa pigs.
The meat from the rare breed pigs makes fantastic succulent sausages and bacon. We cure all our own bacon and gammons, these are very popular with our customers, particularly after they’ve sampled the bacon in our breakfast in the cafe. We are now producing nitrate free bacon. Our sausages are real meaty bangers, made using our own homemade chef’s recipes.
Derek makes the most amazing slabs of fresh pork crackling. The pork rind is scored, seasoned with salt and cooked, then broken into pieces ready to eat.
Simon started crossing the pigs with an Oxford Sandy & Black boar. In 2014 a Hampshire boar joined the herd to improve the breeding quality. ‘Coaleat Golden Eagle’ won Best Male Pig at the Great Yorkshire Show that year and was overall Reserve Supreme Champion. The Hampshire pig is a variety of saddleback that is mainly black with a white ‘saddle’ around its middle. Old English hogs wandering the New Forest of Hampshire in England are thought to have been the forerunners of the Hampshire breed, the original breeding stock was recorded from Wessex, UK in 1832. It is a sire that adds eating quality and efficient growth.
Simon feeds the pigs a diet full of mixed vegetables and greens giving them a varied and interesting diet. This helps provide quality and good tasting meat. We grow strips of forage crop and rotate the pigs, pigs are natural foragers & enjoy rooting, we leave them free to roam the fields allowing them to express their natural behaviour, providing very high welfare standards for them.
Organic Chicken & Lamb
We have organic Teesdale lamb on the family farm, you can see these grazing the fields above Cross Lanes. When required we also source organic lamb from Hook House Farm near Northallerton.
We get our organic chicken from Piercebridge Organic Farm only 13 miles away, these are renowned for being extremely succulent, good sized tasty birds. We also stock a non-organic alternative chicken from Herb Fed in North Yorkshire.
Whole Carcase Utilisation
We utilise the whole carcase so nothing is wasted. We render down animal fats to make exceptional Pork lard and Beef dripping.
We slow cook our organically reared grass-fed beef bones to make a highly nutritious Bone Broth which releases all the nutrients from the bones and the connective tissues and may be beneficial for your joints, osteoarthritis, digestive system, sleep and weigh loss. The bone broth can be used as an excellent stock for gravy, soups and stews or as a highly flavoured nutritious drink.
NEXT DAY COURIER SERVICE available for meat deliveries throughout the UK. Visit our online shop to place your order.
For our courier deliveries we use sustainable wool cool insulated packaging. We use this product for two key reasons; the insulation is made from 100% pure sheep’s wool, this natural smart fibre is sustainable, biodegradable and compostable, fitting with our eco-friendly ethos, and the woolcool packaging has been proven to keep the contents consistently colder and fresher for longer, chilled below the legal requirement during the delivery period. This ensures our goods arrive in peak condition. Providing a natural alternative to polystyrene and other man-made materials.