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UK Best Small Shops – we’re finalists!

The Independent Retailer’s Federation who champions independents on the high street has selected Papadeli as one of 25 UK wide small shops and independent retailers in its best indie retailer competition. The winner will be announced at the House of Commons on November 5th at a ceremony which we are invited to attend – we are pretty excited about this as you can imagine!

You can read more about this in The Bristol Post article here.

The high street is struggling with more people shopping online and costs rising for bricks and mortar retailers. From business rates to the threat of Brexit, the challenges are becoming insurmountable for some, with 16 small shops closing a day according The Guardian.

We’ve been in business for nearly 18 years and have seen the high street change drastically. Independent retailers keep towns buzzing and communities together, so we’d love to see the high street thrive.

We do our very best to keep things interesting and fresh and to keep ahead of the curve with what we stock in the shop, sourcing local and national / European , innovative and original items that are hard to find elsewhere.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!


The shop will be open for you to pop in and browse and have a cuppa from November 25th to Christmas.


christmas baubles
panforte bristol
yule log
panettone Bristol
deli at Christmas

We have so many beautiful gifts and ingredients for you to explore, all hand picked by us.

Seasonal panettone, which arrives in the deli in November, freshly made for Christmas – a deliciously vanilla, spiced fluffy cake that is eaten with vin santo or a cup of coffee.

A range of the most delicious chocolates from local makers like Zara’s and Costelloe and Hellerstein. We also stock Rococo, Chococo, Prestat as well as Italy’s Boeri amongst others.

Christmas treats from Italy and Spain including: panforte, turron, vin santo, fig balls for cheese.

Artisan cheeses from Montgomery Cheddar, Colston Bassett Stilton and soft cheeses such as Wigmore to speciality cheeses from Spain, Italy and France. A wide variety of crackers, breadsticks and flatbreads, chutneys, fruit pastes, Membrillo etc…

Our deli counter is overflowing with superb homemade dishes that you can eat in or  take home ( why not stock up the freezer for Christmas? )

Have you seen our cake counter recently? It’s brimming over with frangipane topped mince pies, yule logs, cheesecakes, brownies and our scrumptious rocky roads ( my son’s favourite! ) To name but a few.

Don’t forget we have vouchers that make great gifts ( we also have cookery class vouchers ) and hampers which are always popular ( they can be delivered )

We also have lots of foodie gifts such as: cheese boards and knives, hand-painted mugs and plates, jugs etc…

Please email us if you’d like to order in advance and beat the queues.


It’s Halloween in the deli!

Happy Halloween from all of us in the deli!

Bristol delicatessen

Here are the deli team getting into Halloween! Jo, Tia, Eva and Mesi look pretty wonderful we think!

Make sure you pop in to sample some of out scary, bleeding cheesecake (it really is super delicious) and say hi to this little lot!

halloween cheesecake

Speciality Fine Food Fair – worth a visit to Olympia?

Christmas starts early in the deli!

Bristol deli, papadeli

For the last 15 years, we have made the annual pilgrimage to Olympia to visit the Speciality Fine Food Fair. We have seen it shrink down to three quarters of the ground floor during the recession and swell right up to filling both floors – and this is what we came across this time.  We noticed that there were so many more small start up producers this year, which is a great thing, and makes out job choosing the finest produce for our Bristol deli so much more enjoyable.We were lucky to meet the owner of Cornish Charcuterie (above right) whose pates sell well at the deli.  He is working on bringing together a group of Cornish food producers to enable many to sell into a wider market, which is great news for Cornish food lovers.

Some of our favourites chocolatiers were there – it was great to see Prestat and taste their new peach and black tea chocolate discs and earl grey truffles. Prestat is a firm favourite for many of our deli customers.  Their chocolates are delicious and their packaging always glamorous and identifiable.

Bristol deli Papadeli

Bodrato (in red packaging above) is a huge seller at Christmas, especially their cherries soaked in grappa, covered in thick chocolate. We were delighted to meet Nom Nom chocolates from West Wales and are looking to stocking their bars, along with Kernow chocolate from Cornwall.

We are always searching for the perfect panettone, and tasted a fair few! One, made with extra virgin olive oil instead of butter was one of the most original.

There is often a new trend that can be spotted – earlier on it was speciality teas, which were new to the market, but these days are pretty well established.  The last couple of years saw flavoured popcorns. This year, there were lots of new marshmallow companies.  And chillies, chillies are popular.

There were tens of olive producers, a beautiful Portuguese tinned sardine range (which we already stock), parma ham, charcuterie, wines, snacks, biscuits – a huge range of delicious foods.  It’s important, we must stress, to visit the show on an empty stomach.

This fair is definitely worth a visit for fine food retailers.  It’s great to catch up with lots of our suppliers, and to meet new faces in the food world. A chef visiting looking for fine ingredients may be disappointed as it is very much all about retail. That said, it’s great for anyone involved in the food industry as the packaging is superb on many products, and the knowledge there is wide ranging if you’re wanting a chat about food and what’s hot.

We would certainly recommend it.


We’ve got a unique range of Easter eggs!

Give a beautiful egg!

We love the deli to look brimming full of wonderful foods, and Easter, in particular is a great time for us.  We stock up on an enormous range of artisan Easter eggs, many that are hard to find elsewhere.

We always raffle a giant Italian Easter egg (see previous post on the website here ) donate the proceeds to a local charity (this year it Bristol’s children’s hospice charity,  the Jessie May Trust).

As well as the giant one, we always have a fabulous range of Italian eggs.  Easter is a real event in Italy and everybody gives a wonderfully colourful, glamorous foiled egg.  We love the ceremony of this, and our Italian eggs are enormously popular.

Papadeli Easter eggs in Bristol


More local Easter eggs….

Our friends at Chococo in Dorset make some of the best chocolate around, and their Easter eggs are always fun and imaginative.  From robot studded to butterfly covered, these are original and delicious.

We love a good range of Easter eggs

Elegant and sophisticated

Lauden chocolates are just stunning, hand painted artisan chocolates.  Their Easter eggs are so elegant, they are probably more suited to the chocolate connoisseur.  Filled with divine salted caramel, you will be transported to heaven for a moment while you indulge! We also have Charbonnel et Walker, Rococo and Prestat Easter eggs which always impress even the hardest to please.

Easter eggs with salted caramel

More fun and a bit eccentric!

We couldn’t resist this Matrioska de Pasqua.  The dramatic impact of the box is just superb.  You won’t be forgotten if you give someone one like this!

Russian doll style Easter egg at Papadeli

Happy Easter!

So there’s a little tour around the Easter eggs in the deli for you.

If you don’t like chocolate, perhaps you’ll like a Colomba cake – a delicious Italian Easter cake shaped like a Dove. Beautiful.

Italian Easter cake in Bristol







Simple canape (takes a few minutes!)

Guests coming round for drinks? Try this easy canapé!

canapé ideas from the deli

It’s SO easy! Slice a baguette and toast in the oven for a few minutes until crisp. We like to use a narrow, slightly harder baguette than the usual fluffy ones –  a slightly stale one works well too. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Place a spoonful of duck rillettes on to the bread and top with some fresh coriander if you’re in a big hurry, or you can top with some lovely red onion marmalade for some colour. Et voila, never be stressed about unexpected guests again!



The largest egg in the South West?

Gorgeous Easter eggs!

Every year, we raffle an egg for charity.  This year we have the biggest yet – it’s a full on 6 kilos of chocolate wrapped in fabulous blue foil.

Raffle tickets costs £1 and all proceeds will go to NSPCC Bristol, a charity chosen by the Papadeli team.

This enormous egg is being raffles at Papadeli for charity

The winning ticket will be drawn on Good Friday.

The shop is crammed full of Easter eggs –  from valtrex Chococo, Lauden and a stunning range of Italian eggs in their traditional, colourful finery.

a range of original easter eggs in Bristol

We also have Colomba cakes (or dove cakes) which are eaten at Easter in Italy.  Shaped like a dove, this cake is similar to a panettone (we are always delighted with an excuse to eat panettone!). It makes a lovely gift and can be eaten with a coffee or a sweet wine.

Italian Easter Colomba cake at Papadeli