Butchery success at Farm Shop & Deli Awards
Published:  25 April, 2017

Butchery won big at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. 

Taking place at the Farm Shop & Deli Show at the NEC, Birmingham, Cunningham Butchery and Food Hall in Kilkeel, Co Down, won the 2017 ‘Butcher of the Year’ category and was the Northern Ireland regional winner.

Brace of Butchers from Dorchester picked up the first-ever Newcomer of the Year Award, while online meat shop Farmison & Co won the Online Business of the Year Award.

Keelham Farm Shop (pictured) was awarded Farm Shop Large Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Lakeland Computers, as well as its regional award (North East) and the coveted Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year Award for 2017.

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 of Fabulous Food & Drink; and Neil Nugent, head of product development for Iceland Foods.

Nigel Barden, chairman of judges and a food and drink journalist, said: “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 has 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.”

Full list of winners:
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 (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 (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 (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 (Telford) / Parsnips and Pears (Colston Bassett) / The Cornish Fishmonger (Saint Columb)