A deli in Clifton is in with a chance of being named as the best shop in the UK.
Papadeli on Alma Road has reached the final of Shop of the Year 2020, run by the Guild of Fine Food, in the Delicatessen & Grocer category.
The Guild of Fine Food’s annual awards is an accreditation scheme which ‘recognises and promotes excellence in independent retail’.
It has already been a hugely successful year for Papadeli, as in November it was named Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2019 at an event hosted by the Independent Retailers Confederation at the Houses of Parliament.
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It is loved for stocking a wide selection of foods from local producers as well as further afield and boasts one of the best cheese counters in the city.
Also on offer is the hugely popular Papadeli plate of salads, cheeses, pickles, breads, charcuterie and delicious coffee or tea.
Shelves are laden with olive oils, balsamics, store cupboard ingredients as well as handmade artisan chocolates, biscuits and treats.
The shop also gives cookery demonstrations at a local school and supports a number of local charities.
While there are a total of five finalists from the South West among the 36 independent retail outlets named across the UK, Papadeli is the only finalist from Bristol.
The panel of judges for Shop of the Year includes Stuart Gates, former managing director at Fortnum & Mason and senior buyer at Harrods, award-winning retailer Tracey Colley and food writer Patrick McGuigan.
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Together they will rate, score and provide feedback on every aspect of the shops before agreeing on an overall category.
Previously forming part of the Great Taste accreditation scheme, Shop of the Year is now a standalone accreditation, offering independent retailers a recognised stamp of approval from industry experts.
Other categories alongside Delicatessen & Grocer include Specialist Cheese Shop, Farm Shop and Food Hall, which Gloucester Services has been nominated for.
The winners will be announced at an event held at Fodder Farm Shop and Café in Harrogate on March 9, 2020.
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