Bristol, Avon United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 11, 2011 -- In a hard fought competition involving hundreds of delis up and down the UK and thousands of votes from deli loving foodies, the title of Deli of the Year 2011 has gone to Arch House Deli in Clifton Village, Bristol, UK.
Following several rounds of judging, a mystery shopper and an evening on the edge of their seats at the Great Taste Awards dinner in London, the couple who own and run the Arch House Deli, Debbie Atherton and David Greenman have plenty to celebrate.
Only two years ago, in November 2009, Debbie and David bought Arch House Deli because they wanted to work together in a food business. The couple impressed the judging panel with their warmth, friendliness, professionalism, knowledge and determination to buy from as many local producers as possible. Judges also commented on the feeling of 'community' when reading the votes and comments from customers.
Organised by Dorset food company Olives Et Al, Deli of the Year is not about finding the poshest deli or the biggest - it's about finding a place that exudes deli attitude, and the panel of independent judges felt that Arch House Deli had this in abundance.
"Congratulations are well deserved for Debbie and David - they're a great couple who only bought this deli two years ago and in that time they've stamped their personality on the shop and have welcomed thousands of people through the door. Their own attitude to customers is exemplary but the team is also chatty and welcoming and ready to answer any questions about food on the shelves or being sold in the cafe. What they don't know - they find out and that after all is what customers want. So we are proud as punch to name Arch House Deli as the Deli of the Year 2011 and wish them every success for the future in Clifton," Giles Henschel, founder of Olives Et Al.
"It's really rewarding to get this recognition for the work the team at Arch House Deli have been doing over the last 20 months in creating the type of deli we believe the people of Bristol want and deserve. We came into the industry with no direct experience and it's been a steep learning curve, so to be voted the best deli in the UK in less than 2 years of trading is just fantastic for us all. It's been really heart warming to read the comments from all the customers who voted for us and to hear about how much they enjoy what we and the team are doing at Arch House Deli. It's been less than a week since we were announced as the winners and yet we still all have huge smiles on our faces." David Greenman and Debbie Atherton, owners of Arch House Deli.
The judges are a panel experts from the food industry including buyers, retailers, authors and food journalists.