Posted: 12/03/2019

UK’s independent food retailers crowned at Shop of the Year 2019

After an extensive countrywide search and judging process, the UK’s top independent food retailers have been crowned as the Shop of the Year 2019 concluded last night.

In total, seven trophies were presented at a ceremony held at Harrogate farm shop Fodder where fellow Yorkshire retailer Farmer Copleys took the title of Best Farm Shop and Aubrey Allen in Leamington Spa won the Delicatessen & Grocer competition.

The House of Bruar in Perthshire claimed the Food Hall award while Sheridans Cheesemongers in Dublin was named best Specialist Cheese Shop.

Gateshead retailer Block & Bottle’s combination of butchery and craft beer secured the trophy in the Specialist Food or Drink Shop category, while Suffolk cheese shop Slate won the Best Newcomer award, which was sponsored by Fine Food Digest.

The Hammersmith branch of Eat 17 took the evening’s final award in the Innovation category.

All of the 45 finalists in this year’s competition had to pass through a rigorous process that included two rounds of judging – one was an announced visit from the Guild’s expert judging panel, the other was a mystery shop by customer experience specialists, Insight6.

This year’s judges included Edward Berry of The Flying Fork, former Fortnum & Mason MD Stuart Gates, award-winning retailer Tracey Colley and food writer Patrick McGuigan.

Retailers were all rated and scored and detailed notes on every aspect of the shops – from overall shopping experience and financial performance to staff training and sustainability – were studied by the panel before agreeing on overall category winners.

Shop of the Year 2020 is now open for entry at, with independent retailers across the UK invited to send a written submission for the following categories: Delicatessen & Grocer; Specialist Cheese Shop; Farm Shop (farmer owned); Food Hall; Specialist Food or Drink Shop.

Shop of the Year 2019 winners and runners up

Delicatessen & Grocer sponsored by The Tracklement Company

Aubrey Allen, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Runners up:

The Mainstreet Trading Company, Roxburghshire, Scotland

Eat 17, Hammersmith, London


Farm Shop (farmer owned) sponsored by Peter’s Yard

Farmer Copleys, Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Runners up:

Blacker Hall Farm Shop, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Ardross Farm Shop, Elie, Scotland


Food Hall sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP

The House of Bruar, Perthshire, Scotland

Runner up:

Macknade Fine Foods, Faversham, Kent


Specialist Cheese Shopsponsored by Le Gruyere AOP

Sheridans Cheesemongers, Dublin, Ireland

Runner up:

George & Joseph Cheesemongers, Leeds, West Yorkshire


Specialist Food or Drink Shop sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP

Block & Bottle, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Runners up:

The Hungry Guest, Petworth, West Sussex

The Seasons Forest Row, Forest Row, East Sussex


Special Shop of the Year Awards

Newcomer Award sponsored by Fine Food Digest

Slate, Southwold, Suffolk

Innovation Award sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP

Eat 17, Hammersmith, London

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