Shop of the Year 2020

Shop of the Year 2020 finalists have been announced.

Our Shop of the Year panel of judges, selected for their genuine food retail experience, have assessed this year’s entries, and have narrowed them down to a shortlist of 36 finalists.  These businesses will be mystery shopped by Insight6 to look at customer service, merchandising and sales skills. On a separate visit, the shop will be assessed by one of our food retail judges to measure the food knowledge, expertise and range and to delve deeper into the business. This visit will be announced, and the retailer will know the judge is visiting and be able to prepare.

Delicatessen & Grocer
181 Delicatessen
Broad Bean
Eat 17 Hammersmith
Indie Füde
Papadeli
The Seasons Forest Row
The Battersea General Store

Farm Shop (farmer owned)
Bradbury’s Farm Shop & Butchery
Calcott Hall Farm Shop
Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Café
Farndon Fields Farm Shop
Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop & Café
Minskip Farm Shop
Newton Farm Foods
Robertshaw’s Farm Shop
Sturts Community Trust – Gullivers Farm Shop
Welbeck Farm Shop

Food Hall
Aubrey Allen
Cowdray Farm Shop and Café
Gloucester Services Farmshop & Kitchen
Jarrold
The Barn at Severn & Wye
The Farm Stratford-upon-Avon
The House of Bruar

Specialist Cheese Shop
The Pangbourne Cheese Shop
George & Joseph Cheesemongers
The Cheese Hamlet
The Cheese Plate
The Courtyard Dairy

Specialist food or drink shop
Andreas of Chelsea Green
Bottle Bar and Shop
Latimer’s Seafood
Mezze
Persepolis
Redhill Farm Shop in the Bail
Thyme & Tides

Congratulations to our finalists.

Shop of the Year will give awards in up to seven categories in 2020:

  1. Delicatessen & Grocer
  2. Specialist Cheese Shop
  3. Farm Shop (farmer owned)
  4. Food Hall
  5. Specialist food or drink shop
  6. Newcomer award (to be awarded to any entrant in categories 1-5 who has been trading less than 24 months)
  7. Innovation award (to be awarded to any entrant in categories 1-5 who the judges believe are leading the way with new ideas)

Each retailer completed a simple entry form and submitted supporting evidence on why they think they should be considered. The Newcomer and Innovation awards will be awarded at the discretion of the judges to a shop who has entered into categories 1-5.

What is Shop of the Year?

What is Shop of the Year?

Shop of the Year is an accreditation that recognises and promotes retail excellence. Independent retailers from all over the UK and Ireland will compete to win these highly coveted awards, covering the key areas of retail skills, food know-how and operations.

Why is Shop of the Year different to other awards?

We have 35 years of experience working with small businesses, deli people, cheesemongers, farm shops and grocers. We’ve been putting a spotlight on them, through Shop of the Year, for quite some time too. The Guild understands what makes a successful retailer and SotY will celebrate the wonderful things small shops and independent retailers are achieving. This year sees the award scheme expand and improve. We have additional retail categories and an even more robust judging procedure.

Why enter?

Each retailer will be asked to complete a simple entry form and submit supporting evidence on why you should be considered. Our panel of judges, selected for their genuine food retail experience, will then assess the entry, creating a shortlist of shops that will be mystery shopped by Insight6 to look at customer service, merchandising and sales skills. On a separate visit, the shop will be assessed by one of our food retail judges to measure the food knowledge, expertise and range and to delve deeper into the business. This visit will be announced, and the retailer will know the judge is visiting and be able to prepare. Any retailer shortlisted will receive constructive feedback to help them improve or, simply to give an enormous pat on the back to their team. Shop of the Year is free to enter.  Entry for the 2020 competition is now open.

The judges

Shop of the Year judges

Shop of the Year 2019

Results announced: The 2019 winners

The winners of the 2019 Shop of the Year awards have been announced at a ceremony at Fodder Farm Shop in Harrogate attended by independent retailers from across the UK:

Delicatessen & Grocer – Sponsored by The Tracklement Company 
Winner – Aubrey Allen
Runners-up – The Main Street Trading Company and Eat 17 Hammersmith

Farm Shop – Sponsored by Peter’s Yard 
Winner – Farmer Copleys
Runners-up – Blacker Hall Farm Shop and Ardross Farm Shop

Food Hall – Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP
Winner – The House of Bruar
Runner-up – Macknade Fine Foods

Specialist Cheese Shop – Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP
Winner – Sheridans Cheesemongers
Runner-up – George & Joseph Cheesemongers

Specialist Food or Drink Shop – Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP
Winner – Block & Bottle
Runners-up – The Hungry Guest and The Seasons Forest Row

Newcomer award – Sponsored by Fine Food Digest
Winner – Slate

Innovation award – Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP
Winner – Eat 17 Hammersmith

Visit the Telegraph website for a

fantastic report on the results

 
Photo gallery from 11th March 2019
awards ceremony

Shop of the Year awards ceremony 2018

Independent retailers from across the UK gathered at the Guild’s home in London, No. 42 Southwark Street, in September 2018 to discover the winners of the Guild of Fine Food’s Shop of the Year, the awards that recognises and promotes retail excellence.

Photo gallery from 20th September 2018
awards ceremony

2018 Winners

2018 Results

Farm Shop or Garden Centre with Food Hall: Keelham Farm Shop Sponsored by Petty Wood Delicatessen: Delifonseca Dockside Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP Grocer, Village or Community Shop: Godfrey C. Williams & Son Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP Specialist Cheese Shop: The Cheese Society Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP Newcomer: Fillet & Bone Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP Retail Hero: Clare Jones from Delifonseca Dockside Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP

Useful downloads & press

Press releases from previous years are available in our Press Room. For further press enquiries, please contact Amy Brice or Tortie Farrand. Interested in sponsoring Shop of the Year? Click here Shop of the Year 2019 Online Entry Guidance Notes

Key timings for 2020

11 March 2019

Open for entry

20 September 2019

Deadline for entry

Mid-October onwards 2019

First round anonymous judging

Mid-October onwards 2019

Second round announced judging

March 2020

Winners announced

sponsors

  • Le Gruyère
  • Peter's Yard
  • The Tracklement Company
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