Sheridan’s Cheesemongers among Shop of the Year 2019 winners
Sheridan's Cheesemongers was among the winners in the 2019 Shop of the Year competition, which seeks to find the finest retailers across the whole of the UK and Ireland. In all, seven awards were presented at an event in Harrogate, England.
19 March 2019 | 0
Following two rounds of judging, which included an announced visit from one of the expert judges and a mystery shop by customer experience specialists, Leamington Spa-based Aubrey Allen won the Delicatessen & Grocer category, Sheridan’s Cheesemongers in Dublin scooped best Specialist Cheese Shop and Perthshire-based The House of Bruar was named winner of the Food Hall award. Representing the North of England, Farmer Copleys in Pontefract took top honours in the Farm Shop category, while the trophy for Specialist Food or Drink Shop went to Gateshead-based Block & Bottle.
Established to recognise and promote excellence in independent retail, the rigorously judged accreditation scheme presented seven trophies at Fodder Farm Shop and Café in Harrogate, where the world of fine food gathered to find out the winners of each category.
Winners in the cheese shop category, Sheridan’s – which has outlets in Galway, Meath, Waterford and Cork, along with eight stores in Dublin – was described as “pioneers of Irish cheese” and “key to the growth in farmhouse cheesemaking in Ireland.” Applauded by the judges for “bringing really good quality cheese to a wider audience”, Sheridan’s received high praise on everything from its biodegradable packaging and materials to its work with key suppliers to create unique cheeses.
The full list of awards and winners:
Shop of the Year 2019 winners and runners up
Delicatessen & Grocer sponsored by The Tracklement Company
- Aubrey Allen, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Farm Shop (farmer owned) sponsored by Peter’s Yard
- Farmer Copleys, Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Food Hall sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP
- The House of Bruar, Perthshire, Scotland
Specialist Cheese Shop sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP
- Sheridans Cheesemongers, Dublin, Ireland
Specialist Food or Drink Shop sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP
- Block & Bottle, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
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”