Shortlisted for the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2018

We have been shortlisted for the ‘Farm Shop – Large Retailer Of The Year’ award. The winner is due to be unveiled at Farm Shop & Deli Show on Monday 16th April at the NEC,

Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2018
Finalists Announced

The 2018 judging panel of industry experts met up last November at Windsor Farm Shop for a day of evaluation and deliberation. Secret visits and mystery shops followed over the next couple of months, before finally announcing the 2018 Farm Shop & Deli Awards category finalists, with the winners being revealed live at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, 3.30pm on Monday 16th April 2018.

Chair of Judges Nigel Barden, Co Chair of Judges Elaine Lemm, Holly Shackleton, Editor of Speciality Food and John Gill, Head of Commercial Operations & Buyer at the fabulous Booths are just some of the 2018 Farm Shop & Deli Awards judges who faced the difficult task of whittling down the category finalists this year.

The awards continue to commend retailers’ success in speciality sectors and regions respectively. Category awards are up for grabs across 13 different specialisms including Farm Shop large retailer of the Year and Farmer Copleys from Pontefract is one of the finalists in the running.

Five years of celebrating speciality

2018 is the fifth year of the awards and their success and reputation grows from strength to strength. Recognising the best in class in the specialist independent retail market, they celebrate the very best standards, levels of service, product innovation and community involvement in the sector.

Nigel Barden, Chair of judges, commented: “It’s gratifying to see lots of new names amongst the finalists as the Awards are becoming even more respected. The food & drink retail sector continues to attract inventive, hardworking entrepreneurs, many of whom have transferred their business skills from other industries.”

Challenging the judges

Year on year the high standard of the the entries continues to rise, making the judges’ deliberations in November an important, but challenging, task. But, as their comments show, it’s one they relish with enthusiasm:

“This year was outstanding which made judging extremely hard! Inspiring! I have enjoyed learning more about these dynamic and inspirational businesses. Some real foodie pioneers out there.” Jamie Hall, UK Retail and Rest of World Market Sales, Neal’s Yard Dairy

“When scoring I was looking for the businesses that are doing it for the love of the food and produce they are selling, rather than running it just as a place of business, it was great to find those who are really putting their heart and soul into it.” Chris Mcneill, Editor & Owner, Delicatessen Magazine

2017 overall winner Victoria Robertshaw joined the judging panel this year and added: “I have loved the judging process, it has been fun and there is such a nice mix of fellow judges from the industry including chefs, retailers, journalists and publishers. As a retailer it is great to see how people view it from the outside and I have enjoyed the debates amongst the other judges.”

This year there are 58 category finalists who have been shortlisted. The regional winners, who represent the very best retailers that stand out among their local competition from across nine UK regions, will be selected from the category finalists and also announced live at the awards ceremony on Monday 16th April as well as the coveted Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year.

The winners of the awards, held in association with sponsors PriceCardPro will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show, 3.30pm on Monday 16th April for visitors to get the first glimpse at those companies leading the sector.

Full list of finalists
for 2018 Farm Shop & Deli Awards

Baker of the Year

Bondgate Bakery (Otley) / Filbert’s Bakery (Lancaster) / Hambleton Bakery (Exton, Oakham) / Hobbs House Bakery (Tetbury) / Jervaulx Abbey Tearooms (Jervaulx, Ripon)

Butcher of the Year

Cunninghams Butchers and Food Hall (Kilkeel) / Edge & Son (New Ferry, Birkenhead) / Low Howgill Butchers & Deli (Appleby-in-Westmorland)

Cheesemonger of the Year

Love Cheese (York) / Paxton & Whitfield (Chelsea Green, London) / The Courtyard Dairy (Settle, Austwick)

Delicatessen of the Year

Chandos Deli (Bristol) / No2 Pound Street (Wendover) / The Goring Grocer (Goring on Thames, Reading) / The Hungry Guest (Petworth) / The Norfolk Deli (Hunstanton) / Thornham Deli (Thornham, Hunstanton)

FarmShop – Large Retailer of the Year

Becketts Farm (Wythall) / Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop (Bakewell) /Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Café (Denstone, Nr Uttoxeter) / Farmer Copleys Ltd (Pontefract) / Mainsgill Farmshop (East Layton, Richmond) / The Udder Farm Shop (East Stour)

FarmShop – Small Retailer of the Year

Blair Drummond Smiddy Farm Shop (Blair Drummond, Stirling) / Cedarbarn Farm Shop (Pickering) / Etherington’s Farm Shop (Scorrier, Redruth) / Fordhall Organic Farm (Market Drayton) / Rhug Farm Shop (Corwen) / The Gog Farm Shop (Shelford Bottom, Cambridge) / The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Café (Knutsford) / Three Trees Farm Shop & Cafe (Chiseldon, Swindon) / Waterloo Cottage Farm (Great Oxendon)/ Welbeck Farm Shop (Worksop)

Fishmonger of the Year

Dabs ‘n’ Crabs (Scratby, Great Yarmouth) / Fyne Fish Ltd (Cockermouth) / Latimers Seafood Ltd (Whitburn, Sunderland) / The Fresh Fish Shop Ltd (Haywards Heath)

Foodhall of the Year

Delifonseca Dockside (Liverpool) / Fodder (Harrogate) / Great Cornish Food Store (Truro)/ Ludlow Food Centre (Ludlow)/ Webbs (Wychbold, Driotwich Spa)

Greengrocer of the Year

Oakchurch Farm Shop (Hereford) / Rafters of Driffield (Driffield)

Market of the Year

Lenham Country Market (Lenham, Kent) / West Malling Farmers Market (West Malling, Kent)

Newcomer of the Year

Blair Drummond Smiddy Farm Shop (Blair Drummond, Stirling) / Great Cornish Food Store (Truro)/ Love Cheese (York) / Low Howgill Butchers & Deli (Appleby-in-Westmorland) / The Goring Grocer (Goring on Thames, Reading) / The Lambing Shed Farm Shop and Café (Knutsford)

Online Business of the Year

Eat Great Meat Limited (Wortley) / Farmer’s Choice Free Range (Segensworth West, Fareham) / Farmison & Co (Canalside, Ripon)

Village Store / Local Shop of the Year

FINK (Boroughbridge, York) / R Campbell & Son Limited (Leyburn)/ Shropshire’s Own (Shrewsbury)

Regional winners will be selected from the above finalists and announced at the show, 3.30pm on Monday 16th April as well as the overall ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’.