Trading Post among Shop of the Year finalists

THE Trading Post, much-loved by its many customers as one of the best farm shops in the region, is among the South West finalists for Shop of the Year 2019, run by the Dorset-based Guild of Fine Food.

There are six finalists from the West Country for the Shop of the Year awards, an accreditation scheme which recognises and promotes excellence in independent retail, has announced its finalists for 2019. Out of the 45 independent retail outlets named, six from the South West are among those in the running to win in the following categories.

The categories with South West finalists are Delicatessen and Grocer, Eversfield Organic, Tavistock, Trading Post Farm Shop, South Petherton and Walter Rose & Son Ltd, Devizes; Farm Shop (farmer owned), Exeter-based farm shop, Darts Farm, and Newton Farm Foods in Newton St Loe near Bath; and Specialist Cheese Shop, Cheese on Coast in St Ives.

The finale of Shop of the Year 2019 is on Monday 11th March at Fodder Farm Shop and Café in Harrogate, where the winners of the categories (which also include Food Hall and  Specialist Food or Drink Shop) will be announced, after Fine Food Show North, the Guild of Fine Food’s trade-only event.

The panel of judges, including Edward Berry of The Flying Fork, Stuart Gates, former managing director at Fortnum & Mason and senior buyer at Harrods, retailer Tracey Colley and food writer, Patrick McGuigan, will examine every aspect of the shops before announcing an overall winner.