The 13 category and 9 regional winners of the prestigious awards have been announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show, along with the overall
Retailer of the Year winner 2017.

 

Retailer of Year

Victoria from Keelham Farm Shop collecting the 2017 Retailer of the Year award from Arthur Howell and Nigel Barden

After receiving a plethora of entries from across the country, and over 3,000 consumer votes, the 13 category winners and the 9 regional winners of the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017 were announced at a ceremony in Birmingham at the NEC yesterday.

Now in their fourth year, and one of the highlights of Farm Shop & Deli Show, the awards recognise the best specialist independent retailers in the UK. Celebrating the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement, the awards unearth the crème de la crème of fine food retail establishments.

The North East region dominated this year’s awards welcoming home 5 fantastic winners from across the 13 categories, and Farm Shops championed the regional accolades producing 3 out of the 9 winners – including the 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Retail of the Year.

Billington’s of Lenzie, a Delicatessen from Glasgow, picked up the Scotland regional award for the second year running, whilst winners of the first ever Newcomer of the Year Award, Brace of Butchers from Dorchester, also reached the finals in the Butcher of the Year category, just pipped to the post by Cunningham Butchery and Food Hall from Kilkeel.

Keelham Farm Shop Ltd cleaned up at the ceremony, proudly taking home a hat-trick of awards: Farm Shop Large Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Lakeland Computers Ltd, their regional award (North East) and the coveted Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year Award for 2017! Serving up to 19,000 customers a week and championing over 400 local farmers and producers, Keelham Farm Shop believe, quite simply, that, “Food tastes better from the farm.

What the Judges had to say about Keelham Farm Shop:
“Quirky, fun – a great thriving business.”
“Very Yorkshire, great concept, fabulous use of local producers.”
“Particularly like the time spent educating staff and customers.”
“Phenominal growth.”
“Exemplary customer focus – growing and responding to customer needs.”
“Social media presence fantastic.”

What their Customers said:
“Great fresh produce – caters for all needs.”
“This shop is a gem with a wonderful selection of quality food, at reasonable price.” “Knowledgeable staff.”
“Excellent café.”
“A pleasure to shop and eat here.”

 

The Category and Regional Winners

From 200-year-old cheesemongers-to-the-Queen to new butchers on the block, the winners of this year’s category and regional awards perfectly encapsulate the broad scope of excellence in independent retail in the UK:

Hobbs House Bakery
Baker of the Year and South West regional winner
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, hobbshousebakery.co.uk

Cunningham Butchery and Food Hall
Butcher of the Year and Northern Ireland regional winner
Kilkeel, Down, facebook.com/cunninghambutchers

Paxton & Whitfield
Cheesemonger of the Year and South East regional winner
Jermyn Street, London, paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk
Delilah Fine Foods Leicester
Delicatessen of the Year
Leicester, Leicestershire, delilahfinefoods.co.uk

Keelham Farm Shop Ltd.
Farm Shop Large Retailer of the Year and North East regional winner
Farm Shop & Deli Awards Retailer of the Year 2017
Skipton, West Yorkshire, keelhamfarmshop.co.uk

The Gog Farm Shop
Farm Shop Small Retailer of the Year and East Anglia regional winner
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, thegog.com

Ramus Seafood Emporium
Fishmonger of the Year
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, ramus.co.uk

Delifonseca Dockside
Food Hall of the Year and North West regional winner
Liverpool, Merseyside, delifonseca.co.uk

Rafters of Driffield
Greengrocer of the Year
Driffield, East Yorkshire, myvegbox.com

Siop Pwllglas
Local Shop of the Year and Wales regional winner
Ruthin, Denbighshire, sioppwllglas.co.uk

Horsforth Farmers’ Market
Market of the Year
Horsforth, West Yorkshire, horsforthfarmersmarket.co.uk

Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop
Midlands regional winner
Bakewell, Derbyshire, chatsworth.org

Brace of Butchers
Newcomer of the Year
Dorchester, Dorset, braceofbutchers.co.uk

Farmison & Co
Online Business of the Year
Ripon, North Yorkshire, farmison.com

Billington’s of Lenzie
Scotland regional winner
Lenzie, Glasgow, billingtonsoflenzie.co.uk

 

The awards were judged by a panel of experts from the world of speciality retail, fine food and food media, including Arthur Howell, fourth generation butcher and 2016 Farm Shop & Deli Awards Retailer of the Year; Jon May, Managing Director Fabulous Food & Drink, Megan Tatum, Deputy Features Editor of The Grocer and Holly Shackleton, Editor of Speciality Food magazine.

Shortlisted entrants were chosen before the judges hit the road to secret-shop and observe undercover the award hopefuls. The judges covered the length and breadth of the country to experience first-hand the enthusiasm, array of produce and customer satisfaction on offer in each of the shortlisted businesses. Finally, after weeks of scrutiny and deliberation, the category and regional winners were selected.

Nigel Barden, Chairman of Judges and Food and Drink Journalist and Broadcaster, says:
“It’s a real privilege to acknowledge food and drink retailers of this quality and those looking after our online shopping requirements. These are passionate, enterprising, knowledgeable and diligent people. It’s been a tough, rigorous and rewarding process for our judges, but we are now in a position to announce our Category and Regional winners, alongside an inaugural Best Newcomer award. It will also be a life-changing moment for the team whose business is named Retailer of the Year."

Upon reaching winning Retailer of the Year, Victoria Robertshaw, Co-owner, Keelham Farm Shop told us: “Wow – we are totally shocked and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I am so proud and just can’t wait to share the news with the team. We have entered the awards since they started so this is the third time for us and, whilst we have won the regional award, we hadn’t won our category before tonight – but we never gave up. It is so fantastic to win this year. We are amazed at winning our category, but to win Retailer of the Year as well is incredible!”


The Farm Shop & Deli Awards will return next year for its fifth year of celebrating excellence in the specialist retail market. Entries for the 2018 Awards will open in June 2017. Further information on the awards and how to register interest to enter, can be found at www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards

 

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Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017 – full list of category winners and commended entrants:

Baker of the Year
Winner: Hobbs House Bakery (Tetbury), also South West regional winner
Commended: Bondgate Bakery (Otley) / Hambleton Bakery (Rutland) / The Hungry Guest (Petworth)

Butcher of the Year
Winner: Cunningham Butchery and Food Hall (Kilkeel), also Northern Ireland regional winner
Commended: Brace of Butchers (Dorchester) / Meat NW5 (London) / The Pink Pig Farm (Scunthorpe) / Walter Rose & Son (Devizes)

Cheesemonger of the Year
Winner: Paxton & Whitfield (London), also South East regional winner
Commended: Cheese Please (Lewes) / Cheeses of Muswell Hill (London) / The Courtyard Dairy (Settle)

Delicatessen of the Year
Winner: Delilah Fine Foods (Leicester)
Commended: Arch House Deli (Clifton) / Billingtons of Lenzie (Glasgow) / Papadeli (Bristol) / The Gourmet Pig (Fishguard) / The Norfolk Deli (Hunstanton)

Farm Shop Large Retailer of the Year
Winner: Keelham Farm Shop Ltd (Skipton), also North East regional winner and Retailer of the Year
Commended: Bodnant Welsh Food Centre (Tal y cafn, Conwy) / Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop (Bakewell) / Drewton’s Farm Shop (South Cave)

Farm Shop Small Retailer of the Year
Winner: The Gog Farm Shop (Cambridge), also East Anglia regional winner
Commended: Cross Lanes Organic Farm Ltd (Barnard Castle) / Dahlia’s Farm Shop (Blackpool) / Foxholes Farm Shop (Hertford) / Roots Farm Shop (Northallerton) / Uncle Henry’s (Grayingham) / Welbeck Farm Shop (Worksop)

Fishmonger of the Year
Winner: Ramus Seafood Emporium (Harrogate)
Commended: Latimers (Whitburn) / The Fresh Fish Shop Ltd (Haywards Heath)

Food Hall of the Year
Winner: Delifonseca Dockside (Liverpool), also North West regional winner
Commended: Bakers & Larners of Holt (Norfolk) / Cranstons /Brampton Food Hall (Brampton) / Ludlow Food Centre (Shropshire)

Greengrocer of the Year
Winner: Rafters of Driffield (Driffield)
Commended: Andreas of Chelsea (London) / K.D. Davis & Sons (Rotherham)

Local Shop of the Year
Winner: Siop Pwllglas (Ruthin), also Wales regional winner
Commended: FINK (Boroughbridge) / Shropshire’s Own (Shrewsbury) / StockGhyll Fine Food (Ambleside)

Market of the Year
Winner: Horsforth Farmers’ Market (West Yorks)
Commended: West Malling Farmers’ Market (Kent)

Newcomer of the Year
Winner: Brace of Butchers (Dorchester)
Commended: Court Farm Shop (Cheltenham) / Donaghy & Sanderson (Pitlochry) / Love Cheese (York) / The Lambing Shed Farm Shop (Knutsford)

Online Business of the Year
Winner: Farmison & Co (Ripon)
Commended: Dukeshill Ham Co Ltd (Telford) / Parsnips and Pears (Colston Bassett) / The Cornish Fishmonger (Saint Columb).

Further information:
Farm Shop & Deli Show 2018 returns to the NEC from Monday 16th April through to Wednesday 18th April 2018 www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk

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