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


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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.


Feedback on a wedding :)

It made us SO happy that they loved the wedding food!

Wedding testimonial for Papadeli: Jess and Elliot (wedding at St George’s, August 2018)

The question of who we wanted to cater at our wedding was made so simple, having seen the scope of what Papadeli could do to tailor-make a menu to our own ideas whilst remaining completely affordable. On first meeting Simon and Lou, we knew instantly that we couldn’t have made a better choice: they were so welcoming and took the time to really get to know us, to pinpoint the exact feel and atmosphere that we wanted them to help us create for our big day.

Every whim we could have dreamt up for our wedding breakfast was personalised to perfection and no detail was ever left unanswered by the wonderful Lou. Her (and Alexis’) attention to detail allowed us to create a meaningful, ‘stand-out’ menu where the quality and local provenance of the food really shone through – just as we had hoped for.

Lou’s organisational skills, kind consideration, cheeriness and all-round enthusiasm in creating the perfect atmosphere on the day itself made it such a joy to work with her: to have her there to oversee things in the run-up and on the day itself made everything so seamless. It allowed us as clients to really sit back and enjoy the whole process, knowing that she had everything well and truly covered. She was a credit to the team and absolutely went above and beyond for us, which we are so grateful for!

Our guests are still commenting on how great the food was and how memorable a meal they had. So many have said it was by far their favourite wedding breakfast they have ever eaten, and we are so glad that we chose Papadeli to be able to give them such great memories! Our biggest ‘thank you’s to you all for such a pleasurable experience throughout – whilst we only wish we could do it all over again, we will most definitely bear you in mind for other special occasions throughout our married life together!


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A Summer party in Bristol

What works catering-wise at a Summer party?

When organsing a party, whether a big birthday,  wedding reception or any celebration, it’s not always easy to choose the right food.  This really depends on the type of party.

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Photos are thank you to https://www.cocomoonphotography.co.uk


It’s worth considering the following…

Are you wanting a sit down meal? Do you like the idea of people helping themselves to a buffet and sitting down? Would you rather food were brought to the table, on large boards for sharing, or already plated up in portions? Would you like to start the event with drinks and nibbles or canapés? How formal / informal would you like it to be?

As professional caterers, we get asked to do lots of parties.  One of our favourite types are the ones where guests start the evening with canapés and drinks. Canapes are always greeted with lots of exclamations of delight and are sized so that guests can carrying on chatting.  From duck pancakes to Thai fish cakes or mini Yorkshire puds with rare roast beef, canapés always look stunning and are a lovely conversation piece.

Sit down or stand up buffet?

After the initial drinks and canapés, there’s a choice to be made.  Do you want sit down or stand up eating? It depends often on the size of venue, but also on the formality.  A stand up fork buffet means guests can move around and chat, and won’t be in one place for that long.  Seated obviously means guests will perhaps linger next to the same people for longer, although there are lots of ways of playing round with this (just having a main course, then cheese or puddings at a buffet, so guests have to get up, or move guests to another area, where puds can be served on boards, like canapés).

The party in the photos was at the Brisol Observatory and was the birthday of Jo and Dave (who are actually friends of ours and kindly invited us too!). It’s an absolutely unique location, with incredible views over the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Gorge. It’s perfect for rooftops drinks and canapés, served by our wonderful staff, before moving downstairs for a fork buffet.  We prepared bowls of colourful, nutritious salad and vegetable combinations, platters of rare roast beef along with little tarts, dips, breads and cheeses.  It all looked plentiful and feast like and guests organised themselves easily moving along helping themselves.  Bowls were topped up to ensure all looked plentiful and there was plenty for seconds.  Some guests sat at tables, others stood together in groups to eat.  It was a relaxed atmosphere and guests felt happy to get up, move around and help themselves to more, or to move on to cheese.

Small squares of raspberry brownies were then served on boards and offered around guests as they got up to help themselves to more drinks etc.  This meant people got to mingle again, and have a sweet treat.

Once everyone had had enough to eat, they gravitated towards the dance floor ready for an evening of dancing. As we were lucky enough to be at the party, we were able to observe and experience first hand how it worked.  We most definitely approved – as, happily, did the birthday boy and his family and friends!

We’re always happy to help with ideas for party food.  Just get in touch catering@papadeli.co.uk


A divine cake counter!

Papadeli cake counter

The deli is always full to the brim with delightful and delicious foods from local producers and further afield, across Europe.  We absolutely love sourcing beautiful foods for our customers to enjoy.

The deli counter has a superb range of dishes for eating on the spot or takeaway for lunch, supper or a dinner party, all made freshly by our brilliant chef, Madoc upstairs.

And then, there is the cake counter.  It truly is something to behold.  Charity, our amazingly talented baker, creates unbelievably good cakes that not only taste superb, they look remarkable.  From her trademark banoffee cake with geometric shards of sugar, deeply red, raspberry topped New York cheesecake, marshmallow-middled rocky road, moist, rich and dark ginger cake with icy topping – it could all fit in beautifully with a scene from Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

If you fancy a slice of cake as a treat, or are wanting to impress or treat friends or colleagues, these cake will make you the most popular person in town.  They do get eaten very quickly, so make sure you come in soon to enjoy the delights of the our cake counter!

If you’re planning a wedding, party or other event, get in touch to find out about ordering delicious cake!







FAQs for corporate event planning

We work a lot with businesses in Bristol, providing all types of food from canapés and feasts  to sandwiches, cheese boards and soup deliveries.  Chatting to many of the people who organise these lunches / events, we realised that it’s not always easy finding the right caterer, so thought these frequently asked questions might help.

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If I Google “caterers” or “catering” on Google, I am spoilt for choice.  How do I go about choosing! I don’t want to spend hours on a simple task.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is ask another business for recommendations.  If you have a friend working  in another department or company, give them a ring and ask if they use a caterer.  For something like a small working lunch, you might find your local cafe will bring over sandwiches, so it’s worth asking them (and you can try before you buy at their cafe!).

For a larger scale event, it’s worth getting a catering company who really knows what they’re doing.  An event for your business or company is a reflection of how you work and projects an image to others, so you will want to ensure that you won’t be let down and that the catering company is professional and seamless.  Here, word of mouth is a good way of finding a caterer, or be a bit more specific on Google – perhaps try “event caterer” or “canapés and events”.

Most caterers don’t have prices on their menus online – why not?

We do make sure there are prices on our menus as we think it’s really important for our customers to be clear about cost as it’s a big part of the decision making. We do understand why some companies don’t put prices on, as catering is such a varied bag – it’s hard to give one price for every type of event. For example a drinks and canapés party for 20 is going to be different in terms of preparation, staffing etc to one for 300.

What if I have been given a tight budget?

Always let the caterer know what your budget is and ask them what they can do for that.  Bear in mind it might not be exactly ultram what you thought you might get but most caterers will do their best to accommodate you.

I need to organise a big showcase event for my company to impress clients – I’m worried that the catering company might let me down. What’s your advice?

Go and visit 2 or 3 caterers.  You’ll get a good feel for how they work just by visiting their premises. Ask them about previous events and if they can provide you with references.  It’s worth making the effort for your own peace of mind.

What if I want to taste before buying?

Most caterers will invite you in to taste.  It’s good to meet face to face and chat through all the requirements. It’s a good time to ask any questions you have too.

I have never organised an event before – I’m a bit nervous.  How much will a caterer get involved in the planning of an event?

This depends on the individual catering business.  We will in the course of discussing the event  make suggestions, put customers in touch with venues, crockery suppliers, suggest menu ideas. We have catered for a huge range of events and are always happy to share our experience.

I want to get something a bit more quirky than the usual sandwich lunch – any ideas?

People are increasingly aware of diet and nutrition and often look for something a bit more creative than sandwiches.  We specialise in big, flavoursome salads made from a range of pulses, vegetables, cheese, nuts etc.  Soup is another very underrated lunch choice. One customer has a monthly directors lunch of an artisan cheese board, seasonal fruit, homemade tartlets, salads – not a sandwich in sight!  We love it when customers ask for original ideas.

What about food intolerances?

All caterers have to be careful about customers’ needs and allergies.  We list all potential allergens on our menus and will make sure there is no cross contamination where possible.  Make sure you make it clear to your caterer if there are allergies. They will usually be able to help you to choose suitable dishes that will suit all tastes.

If you have any questions about your business / company event or lunch, email us catering@papadeli.co.uk.

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