Finalists announced for Farm Shop & Deli Awards

The finalists for the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017 have been unveiled. 

Back for the fourth year, the awards recognise best-in-class in the specialist independent retail market. This year sees the introduction of a brand new category for 2017 – Newcomer of the Year. Finalists in this category include Court Farm Shop from Cheltenham, which opened in September 2015, York cheesemongers Love Cheese and farm shop The Lambing Shed from Knutsford, both in their first year of trading, and Brace of Butchers (pictured), also a contender in the Butcher of the Year category.

Nigel Barden, chair of judges, said: “It’s a joyous journey visiting the awards finalists around the UK and, with the standards being so high, it’s the attention to detail that really makes the winners stand out. It’s also apparent when staff have been well trained and, crucially, enjoy their work. Inspired, informed and enthusiastic folk behind the counter make a shopping experience so much better. To achieve this sense of nurturing in the Online Category is a piece of modern wizardry. It has also been marvellous to see the recently established businesses rise to the top in the Newcomer of the Year category.

“It will be a privilege to hand over the accolades at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on 24 April and to witness the look on the winners’ faces that clearly illustrates how all their teams’ hard work has paid off.”

Co-chair of judges, Elaine Lemm, added: “Whether a farm shop, market, bakery, deli or cheesemonger, a food hall, local shop or online retailer, discovering the wealth of talent, hard work and passion that goes into these businesses is one of the highlights of my working year. Out on the road, meeting and getting to know everyone once again, reaffirms to me how valuable the Farm Shop & Deli Awards are in recognising their dedication.

“This year is no exception, and I am thrilled that young businesses are also now included with the Newcomer of the Year category, as the pool of talent is now a whole lot deeper. Everyone is a winner – whether they take away one of the awards in April or not – and I, for one, am justifiably proud of them all.”

Also on the judging panel is Arthur Howell, 2016 winner of Butcher of the Year and Retailer of the Year.

The winners of the awards, held in association with category sponsor Lakeland Computers, will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show at the NEC Birmingham, 3.15pm on Monday 24 April.

Finalists for 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Awards

Baker of the Year
Bondgate Bakery / Hambleton Bakery / Hobbs House Bakery / The Hungry Guest

Butcher of the Year
Brace of Butchers / Cunningham Butchery and Food Hall / Meat NW5 / The Pink Pig Farm / Walter Rose & Son

Cheesemonger of the Year
Cheese Please / Cheeses of Muswell Hill / Paxton & Whitfield, Jermyn Street / The Courtyard Dairy

Delicatessen of the Year
Arch House Deli / Billington’s of Lenzie / Delilah Fine Foods Leicester / Papadeli / The Gourmet Pig / The Norfolk Deli

Farm Shop – Large Retailer of the Year
Bodnant Welsh Food Centre / Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop / Drewton’s Farm Shop / Keelham Farm Shop

Farm Shop – Small Retailer of the Year
Cross Lanes Organic Farm / Foxholes Farm Shop / Roots Farm Shop / The Gog Farm Shop / Uncle Henry’s / Welbeck Farm Shop

Fishmonger of the Year
Latimers / Ramus Seafoods / The Fresh Fish Shop

Foodhall of the Year
Bakers & Larners of Holt / Cranstons/Brampton Food Hall / Delifonseca Dockside / Ludlow Food Centre

Greengrocer of the Year
Andreas of Chelsea / K D Davis & Sons / Rafters of Driffield

Local Shop of the Year
FINK / Shropshire’s Own / Siop Pwllglas / StockGhyll Fine Food

Market of the Year
Horsforth Farmers’ Market / West Malling Farmers’ Market

Newcomer of the Year
Brace of Butchers / Court Farm Shop / Donaghy & Sanderson / Love Cheese / The Lambing Shed Farm Shop

Online Business of the Year
Dukeshill Ham Co / Farmison / Parsnips and Pears / The Cornish Fishmonger

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