Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Independent Food Shop of the Year
PUBLISHED: 08:56 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:40 07 October 2016
The winning retailer must have a genuine passion for our local food scene and a dedication to what it means for the local community. Here, we announce the Dorset magazine Independent Food Shop of the Year 2016
Family-run since 1851 Dike & Son actively showcases Dorset food and drink by stocking products from over 130 local producers. Readers were keen to tell us about the outstanding customer service and gave special mention to the wonderful deli counter which stocks over 100 cheeses, a butchery section selling local pork, lamb, beef and game, a fresh fish counter, an in-store bakery, and a large drinks section with over 100 ales and regional ciders. “We truly love this shop supporting lots of artisanal producers on their shelves, and they are so supportive of the local community too,” said one reader.
This urban farm shop has been championing Purbeck products for nearly seven years, and they pride themselves on knowing the provenance of everything they sell. Fish is caught sustainably by local day boats and crab and lobster are from pots at Kimmeridge Bay. The in-house butchery sources outdoor reared meat from named local farms and other Purbeck produce includes cheeses, charcuterie, artisan bread, vegetables, ice cream, ales, ciders and wines and their own ready meals. Readers loved the fantastic selection of quality local products, which also features in the onsite café. “The freshest fish and perfectly butchered organic meats, alongside some spectacular foodie finds, all set within a gorgeous little shop come restaurant. You can’t beat it,” said one of our readers.
And the winner is…
“When our sun is lacking the Dorset Chilli Shop maintains the heat for Bournemouth shoreside,” said one of our readers about our next finalist. Andy and Lisa Guy will steer your taste buds through a world of chillies to find one that had the right heat for you. Our readers especially enjoy their taster days and said this family business brought flavour and spice to Dorset with their huge array of chilli products including their own brand of chilli sauces such as Dorset Sun, Dorset Meadows and Dorset Fire. Readers were especially impressed with the way they collaborate with other independent businesses in Dorset. “They give great advice – it’s like a chilli version of a wine shop!” declared one reader.
Independent Food Shop of the Year was sponsored by Ford Farm