Deli nominated for a national award

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A BUBWITH deli is celebrating after being nominated to win Deli of the Year 2011.

The Jug & Bottle faces stiff competition from delis across East Yorkshire in order to reach the final which will be contested by one deli from each region in the UK.

Finalists will receive a visit from a mystery shopper and the champion deli will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in September.

It is the latest in a long line of awards and nominations for the small business in Bubwith, which was opened by Louise Smith eight years ago.

They include independent cider retailer, neighbourhood off-licence of the year and an award for enhancing the built heritage of the East Riding.

Mrs Smith said: “We know that our customers love everything about deli food – so we hope that lots will pop in to see us and support us to try to be the Deli of the Year 2011.

“Last year, which was the first year of the competition, thousands of people voted for delis up and down the UK, and the judges apparently had a hard task choosing the winning deli. We would love to be a regional finalist and our team would love to win the title – it would really be something to celebrate for The Jug & Bottle.”

Deli of the Year is an idea created and organised by Olives Et Al, a food producer in Dorset, and supported by The Guild of Fine Food which represents the fine food sector.

The competition is open to all, from the smallest post office with a tiny deli counter to high street delis and rural farm shops.

To vote for the Jug & Bottle, visit www.delioftheyear.co.uk.