Fishmonger of the Year 2017 at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards


Nigel Barden, of BBC Radio 2 Drivetime fame, with Jonathan Batchelor & Adam Gregory from Ramus Seafoods, winners of the 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Fishmonger of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Ramus Seafoods, of Harrogate & Ilkley, was announced yesterday as Fishmonger of the Year at the Farm Shop & Deli Show. After receiving a plethora of entries from across the country, and over 3,000 consumer votes, the 13 category winners and the 9 regional winners of the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017 were announced at a ceremony in Birmingham at the NEC yesterday.

‘We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award,’ says Jonathan Batchelor, MD of Ramus Seafoods. ‘We’d like to thank all of our customers for their support and all of our staff for their hard work and commitment.’

Now in their fourth year, and one of the highlights of Farm Shop & Deli Show, the awards recognise the best specialist independent retailers in the UK. Celebrating the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement, the awards unearth the crème de la crème of fine food retail establishments.

The North East region dominated this year’s awards welcoming home 5 fantastic winners from across the 13 categories with Farmison of Ripon winning Online Retailer of the Year and Keelham Farm Shop Ltd proudly taking home a hat-trick of awards: Farm Shop Large Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Lakeland Computers Ltd, their regional award (North East) and the coveted Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year Award for 2017.

What the Judges had to say about Ramus Seafoods:
Strong growth; Fabulous looking premises; Good sustainability credentials.
What our Customers said:
Excellent service and quality produce; Fresh, sustainable and friendly service; Well informed and helpful staff; Fabulous service and quality, nothing is too much trouble.

The awards were judged by a panel of experts from the world of speciality retail, fine food and food media, including Arthur Howell, fourth generation butcher and 2016 Farm Shop & Deli Awards Retailer of the Year; Jon May, Managing Director Fabulous Food & Drink, Megan Tatum, Deputy Features Editor of The Grocer and Holly Shackleton, Editor of Speciality Food magazine.

Shortlisted entrants were chosen before the judges hit the road to secret-shop and observe undercover the award hopefuls. The judges covered the length and breadth of the country to experience first-hand the enthusiasm, array of produce and customer satisfaction on offer in each of the shortlisted businesses. Finally, after weeks of scrutiny and deliberation, the category and regional winners were selected.

Nigel Barden, Chairman of Judges and Food and Drink Journalist and Broadcaster, says: “It’s a real privilege to acknowledge food and drink retailers of this quality and those looking after our online shopping requirements.  These are passionate, enterprising, knowledgeable and diligent people.  It’s been a tough, rigorous and rewarding process for our judges, and we are delighted to announce our winners.”

Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017 – full list of category winners and commended entrants:
Baker of the Year

Winner: Hobbs House Bakery (Tetbury), also South West regional winner   

Commended: Bondgate Bakery (Otley) / Hambleton Bakery (Rutland) / The Hungry Guest (Petworth)

Butcher of the Year

Winner: Cunningham Butchery and Food Hall (Kilkeel), also Northern Ireland regional winner

Commended: Brace of Butchers (Dorchester) / Meat NW5 (London) / The Pink Pig Farm (Scunthorpe) / Walter Rose & Son (Devizes)

Cheesemonger of the Year

Winner: Paxton & Whitfield (London), also South East regional winner  

Commended: Cheese Please (Lewes) / Cheeses of Muswell Hill (London) / The Courtyard Dairy (Settle)

Delicatessen of the Year

Winner: Delilah Fine Foods (Leicester) 

Commended: Arch House Deli (Clifton) / Billingtons of Lenzie (Glasgow) / Papadeli (Bristol) / The Gourmet Pig (Fishguard) / The Norfolk Deli (Hunstanton)

Farm Shop Large Retailer of the Year

Winner: Keelham Farm Shop Ltd (Skipton), also North East regional winner and Retailer of the Year

Commended: Bodnant Welsh Food Centre (Tal y cafn, Conwy) / Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop (Bakewell) / Drewton’s Farm Shop (South Cave)

Farm Shop Small Retailer of the Year

Winner: The Gog Farm Shop (Cambridge), also East Anglia regional winner

Commended: Cross Lanes Organic Farm Ltd (Barnard Castle) / Dahlia’s Farm Shop (Blackpool) / Foxholes Farm Shop (Hertford) / Roots Farm Shop (Northallerton) / Uncle Henry’s (Grayingham) / Welbeck Farm Shop (Worksop)

Fishmonger of the Year

Winner: Ramus Seafood Emporium (Harrogate)

Commended: Latimers (Whitburn) / The Fresh Fish Shop Ltd (Haywards Heath)

Food Hall of the Year

Winner: Delifonseca Dockside (Liverpool), also North West regional winner

Commended: Bakers & Larners of Holt (Norfolk) / Cranstons /Brampton Food Hall (Brampton) / Ludlow Food Centre (Shropshire)

Greengrocer of the Year

Winner: Rafters of Driffield (Driffield)

Commended: Andreas of Chelsea (London) / K.D. Davis & Sons (Rotherham)

Local Shop of the Year

Winner: Siop Pwllglas (Ruthin), also Wales regional winner

Commended: FINK (Boroughbridge) / Shropshire’s Own (Shrewsbury) / StockGhyll Fine Food (Ambleside)

Market of the Year

Winner: Horsforth Farmers’ Market (West Yorks)

Commended: West Malling Farmers’ Market (Kent)

Newcomer of the Year

Winner: Brace of Butchers (Dorchester)

Commended: Court Farm Shop (Cheltenham) / Donaghy & Sanderson (Pitlochry) / Love Cheese (York) / The Lambing Shed Farm Shop (Knutsford)

Online Business of the Year

Winner: Farmison & Co (Ripon)

Commended: Dukeshill Ham Co Ltd (Telford) / Parsnips and Pears (Colston Bassett) / The Cornish Fishmonger (Saint Columb)



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