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Farm shop named in top five local shops in UK at national retailer awards



The Hampshire Deli and Farm Shop has been named one of the top five local shops/village stores in the UK in the Retailer Awards which were judged at this year’s Farm Shop and Deli Show at the NEC Birmingham this week.

The awards, which act as a shop window in the UK for food retailers and specialist shops in the rural economy, were judged by a panel of food industry experts.

Of the hundreds of businesses considered and judged, for the second year in a row, Hampshire Deli were finalists and in the final top five businesses to be awarded an accolade.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Barry Walker holding the awardBarry Walker holding the award (Image: Hampshire Deli and farm Shop)

Located on Wolverton Park, near Tadley, owners Justine and Barry Walker are proud of the achievements made in their relatively young business, which was launched during Covid.

The business started out by delivering food hampers to neighbours who were vulnerable and shielding and has developed over the last four years into a deli, coffee shop and cheese shop, which opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The business supports local and British producers, stocks seasonal fruit and vegetables and has a cheese shop that only sells British cheeses, with more than 65 varieties.

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In the coffee shop, Justine and her team make their own award-winning pies, quiches, sausage rolls and cakes.

Barry and his team cook fresh pizza and barbecue and every Saturday on the terrace outside the shop, as well as running ‘old school’ and ‘Indian’ inspired barbecue courses each month.

Barry said: “We have been shapeshifters, constantly changing to give our customers exactly what they want. Whittled down from hundreds of entries to finalists in 10 categories and nine UK regions, in the category of Local Shop/Village Store were one of five finalists. To say we are proud, is an understatement.”

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