Shop of the Year announces shortlist for 2018

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The Guild of Fine Food’s annual Shop of the Year awards, an accreditation scheme which recognises and promotes excellence in independent retail, has announced its shortlist for 2018. Out of 150 entries, 42 independent retail outlets around the UK are now in the running for awards including Best Delicatessen, Best Farm Shop or Garden Centre with Food Hall, Best Grocer, Village or Community Shop and Best Specialist Cheese Shop.

Having had a written entry reviewed by a panel of respected industry experts, these shortlisted independent retailers, which include London-based Bayley & Sage, Farndon Fields in Market Harborough and Suffolk-based Slate, will now undergo two further rounds of judging this summer; an announced visit from one of the judges and a mystery shop by Shopper’s Anonymous.

Shop of the Year Shortlist 2018:

Delicatessen

Aubrey Allen, Leamington Spa

Bayley & Sage, Battersea, London

Bloomfields Fine Food, Highworth, Wiltshire

Broad Bean, Ludlow

Delifonseca Dockside, Liverpool

Fillet & Bone, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Hunters of Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Indie Füde, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Mmm…glug…, Newcastle upon Thyne

No2 Pound Street, Aylesbury

The Goring Grocer, Reading

The House of Bruar, Perthshire

Thomas of Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Farm Shop or Garden Centre with Food Hall

Bowland Food Hall, Citheroe, Lancashire

Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall, Penrith, Cumbria

Eggs to Apples Farm Shop, Etchingham, East Sussex

Farmer Copleys Ltd, Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Farndon Fields, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Hockey’s Farm Shop, Fordingbridge, Hampshire

Keelham Farm Shop, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Macknade Fine Foods, Faversham, Kent

Newton Farm Foods, Bath

Roots Farm Shop, Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Taylors Farm Shop Ltd, Lancashire

The Lambing Shed Farm Shop, Cheshire

Tortworth Estate Shop, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Grocer, Village or Community Shop

Andreas of Chelsea Green, London

Godfrey C. Williams & Son, Cheshire

Heath Stores, Horsmonden, Kent

Lotts & Co, Dublin

The Hungry Guest, West Sussex

The Seasons, East Sussex

Turnips of Borough Market, London

Specialist Cheese Shop

Androuet, Lamb Street, London

Cheeses of Muswell, London

Fauvette, Penarth, Wales

George & Joseph Specialist Cheese Shops, Leeds

Paxton & Whitfield, Chelsea Green, London

Slate, Suffolk

The Cheese Lady, Haddington, East Lothian

The Cheese Society, Lincoln

The Pangbourne Cheese Shop, Reading

Previously forming part of the Great Taste accreditation scheme, Shop of the Year has evolved to apply an even more rigorous and robust judging process dedicated solely to retail. Celebrating delis, farm shops, cheesemongers and more, Shop of the Year offers independent retailers a chance to achieve a stamp of approval with real integrity, much like Great Taste does for food and drink products.

From overall shopping experience and financial performance to staff training opportunities and environmental initiatives, the panel of judges, which includes Edward Berry of The Flying Fork, Stuart Gates, who has worked for both Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, award-winning retailer Tracey Colley and Georgina Mason from Gonalston Farm Shop, will rate, score and feedback on every aspect of the shops before agreeing on an overall category winner.

On Thursday 20 September, Shop of the Year 2018 will reach an exciting finale when the world of fine food gathers at No. 42 Southwark Street, the Guild of Fine Food’s London base, to find out the winners of Best Delicatessen; Best Farm Shop or Garden Centre with Food Hall; Best Grocer, Village or Community Shop; and Best Specialist Cheese Shop.

Facts and figures about Shop of the Year 2018:

  • Shop of the Year recognises and promotes excellence in independent retail
  • Previously forming part of the Great Taste accreditation scheme, Shop of the Year is now a stand-alone accreditation, offering independent retailers a recognised stamp of approval from industry experts
  • 150 independent retail outlets entered the first Shop of the Year and 42 were named in the shortlist
  • Shop of the Year is judged by a panel of experts with a proven track record of success in independent retail
  • There are four categories:
    • Best Delicatessen – 13 shortlisted
    • Best Farm Shop or Garden Centre with Food Hall – 13 shortlisted
    • Best Grocer, Village or Community Shop – 7 shortlisted
    • Best Specialist Cheese Shop – 9 shortlisted