Nationwide veg box delivery service Parsnips and Pears has been named one of 12 category winners in the 2016 Farm Shop & Deli Awards.
Now in their third year, the accolades - held in partnership with Olives Et Al and organised by The Grocer’s publisher William Reed Business Media - recognise the best specialist independent retailers in the UK.
Nigel Barden, food writer, broadcaster and chairman of judges described the level of this year’s entries as “outstanding”.
“Judging becomes harder every year,” he said. “I think what stands out the most from the businesses we visited this year was a passion for customer service and continued innovation.”
The winners (see below) were announced at an awards ceremony in Birmingham yesterday [18 April].
DELICATESSEN OF THE YEAR
Winner: The Hungry Guest, Petworth, West Sussex
FISHMONGER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Veasey & Sons Fishmongers, Forest Row, East Sussex
CHEESEMONGER OF THE YEAR
Winner: The Courtyard Dairy, Settle, North Yorkshire
MARKET OF THE YEAR
Winner: Stroud Farmers’ Market, Stroud, Gloucestershire
LOCAL SHOP OF THE YEAR
Shropshire’s Own, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
ONLINE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Parsnips and Pears, Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire
FOODHALL OF THE YEAR
Ludlow Food Centre, Ludlow, Shropshire
GREENGROCER OF THE YEAR
K.D. Davis & Sons (The Greengrocers) Ltd, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
FARM SHOP OF THE YEAR - LARGE RETAILER
Darts Farm, Exeter, Devon
FARM SHOP OF THE YEAR - SMALL RETAILER
Winner: Cross Lanes Organic Farm, Barnard Castle, County Durham
BAKER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Bondgate Bakery, Otley, West Yorkshire
BUTCHER OF THE YEAR AND RETAILER OF THE YEAR WINNER 2016
Winner: Arthur Howell, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk