Posted: 13/12/2019

Bristol retailer Papadeli named Britain’s Best Small Shop

© Licensed to 05/11/2019 London, UK. Winners of Britain’s Best Small Shop 2019, Amy Partridge, owner Simon MacDonell, and Tia Sturgess from Papa Deli in Bristol. FREE PRESS AND PR USAGE. Photo credit : Simon Jacobs

Papadeli – a deli, caterer and cookery school in Bristol – has been named Britain’s Best Small Shop 2019. 

The retailer, located just off Whiteladies Road in Clifton, received the award following an assessment of entrepreneurial skills, community values and customer service.

It saw off 24 other independent businesses – including a bicycle shop and a retailer devoted to all things Harry Potter – that were shortlisted to take the top prize. 

The winner was announced at the Houses of Parliament last month among a reception of MPs, trade representatives and industry peers. 

The Little Cheesemonger in Rhyl and The Hours Café, Bookshop & Deli in Brecon were among the other specialist food shops shortlisted.

On receiving the award, Papadeli owner Simon MacDonnell [pictured centre] told FFD that delicatessens are an important part of the high street.

“We have a broad selection and we offer an experience that you can’t get online,” he said. “We have regulars who have been coming here since the beginning which is quite staggering that they still come back every morning.”

The awards were organised by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), a union of like-minded trade associations, such as FFD publisher the Guild of Fine Food, the Association of Convenience Stores, the British Independent Retailers Association and the Craft Bakers Association.

This story appeared in the December issue of Fine Food Digest. You can read more on the digital edition here.

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