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Order your Christmas cheese & treats in advance

Did you know you can beat the queues and order in advance?

Cheese deli Bristol

The week before Christmas, the deli gets extremely busy with all our lovely customers making sure they have all their favourite foods to share with family and friends.

If you would like to order homemade food so that you have some dishes in the fridge or freezer to save you doing even more cooking, you can order from us and arrange your collection date.

The same goes for chocolates, panettone, panforte, biscuits, oils, balsamics, savoury snacks, all your store cupboard essentials to make it all go as deliciously as possible.

And don’t forget your cheese.  We have an amazing array of artisan cheeses including all the favourites and some unusual, less known cheeses.  They are all at their very best for Christmas and if you want to make sure we haven’t sold out when you visit, you can order in advance.

How do I order?

Just complete this Christmas Order form  and email back or drop into the shop.



Wishing you a very happy, peaceful Christmas and a wonderful, health filled new year.




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


christmas baubles
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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.


The deli team visit Trethowan’s Dairy

We went to see how Caerphilly cheese is made

We have stocked Caerphilly made by Trethowan’s Dairy for a long while now and absolutely love its tangy freshness.  As it is made so near to us we thought it would be great to go and see how it is actually made. Tia, Mesalina, Jo and Eva set off one Spring morning to join the Trethowan’s Diary team and see behind the scenes at their beautiful dairy. They were given a lovely welcome and made to feel very at home.

Trethowan’s Gorwydd Caerphilly was originally made in Carmarthenshire before outgrowing its farm and moving to North Somerset.  You can read more about the Dairy here.


Caerphilly cheese just made

Mesalina and Eva got stuck in – most visitors just like to stand back and watch, but not this lot – they enjoyed actually rolling up their sleeves and helping to make the cheese!

Here they are with Tia, loading up the tins of freshly made cheese.

And here’s Jo carefully stirring the curds and whey mixture.

 It was a brilliant day out and they learnt lots about cheese making.

A big thank you to the team at Trethowan’s dairy for letting us visit.

Vote for us!

The Observer Food Monthly Awards 2017

It’s that time of year again and we’re hoping that our customers will be kind enough to spend a moment voting for Papadeli as best independent retailer.  We have been runner up recently and would absolutely love to win this great award.

Vote here

Papadeli in Clifton BristolWe’ve been a deli since 2002 and work incredibly hard to source interesting, original, delicious produce for our customers.  We really want everyone to be excited and delighted with everything in the deli and to love visiting us.  Everyone who works in the deli is full of enthusiasm and knowledge and will chat to you about cheese until the cows come home 🙂

If it’s artisan chocolates you’re after, we get extremely excited about our range of handmade chocolates.  From Rococo and Chococo to local makers, we’ve tried them all before allowing them on the shelf! Same goes for our olive oils, vinegars, pates, condiments, biscuits, jams, honeys – the list goes on.

Hopefully you get the message that we are very excited about food! Please spend a moment to vote for us as best independent retailer – just click here

Thank you so much!


From all of us at Papadeli – delicatessen, caterer and cookery school.

Love artisan cheese? You’ll love these!

Artisan cheese for Spring

Pete and Jo in the deli are absolute cheese connoisseurs.  What they don’t know about cheese is not worth knowing.  The counter is beautifully arranged full of just mouthwatering artisan cheeses, many seasonal. Stock is kept in optimum conditions and looked after with great care. Call in and talk to us about cheese – and we’re always happy to let you taste! Here are three that are at their best in the Spring time.

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These three are in the counter at the moment and absolutely amazing.

They are all made by Alte Langhe in Italy’s Piedmonte region.  They are made with cow, goats’ and ewes’ mild and are just perfect to now.

La Tur’ Robiola – 4-6 weeks old. A soft, chalky centred cheese from Lombardy, Italy. Delicious with our Isolabella della Croce Sauvignon Blanc.

La Tur artisan cheese Aste Langhe

‘Nocciolo‘ – 2-4 weeks old. Perfectly gooey little cubes of creaminess. A heavenly match on a rosemary cracker.

Delicious artisan cheese in the deli counter

‘Val Belbo’ – 2-4 weeks old. Really, really fresh cheese. The perfect spring cheese, light but flavoursome with a nice lactic tang. Absolutely amazing with chestnut honey.

Superb cheese


Papa’s Prize – every Friday!

Your chance to win a prize

Winner, papa's prize on twitter

Everyone who works at the deli in Alma Road and at our cafe at the Royal West of England Academy on the Triangle in Bristol, always comment how lovely our customers are.  It’s true – we have lots of regulars, many who’ve supported us since the opening of our downstairs deli nearly 14 years ago and many newer customers who are always so cheerful and enthusiastic about Papadeli.

So we thought we’d do something small and fun to say thank you.  We’ve always loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and often dreamt of finding a golden ticket in our chocolate bar.  So we decided that we’d create our own version and came up with a Papadeli blue ticket that can be found in one customer’s bag at the deli every Friday.  Once found, the winning ticket can be exchanged for a prize in the deli.  It might be some artisan cheese, or a bottle of excellent wine, perhaps a box of handmade chocolates or a Papadeli voucher.

Win a prize at Papadeli

The RWA cafe

find a blue ticket and win lunch for two and free entry to the exhibition!

Once a month, one lucky customer will find a blue Papa’s Prize ticket and win lunch for two at the cafe and free entry to the Royal West of England Academy’s exhibition.  To find out more about the RWA exhibitions, click here.


To win a prize, check your bag on a Friday and present your Papa’s prize winning ticket.

“The friendliest of the bunch” Wriggle on Papadeli!

Lovely review from Wriggle

A very friendly lady visited the deli a couple of weeks ago and raved about out millionaire’s shortbread.  She turned out to be foodie and writer, Olivia from Golden Pulse, who writes a column for Wriggle website. Her topic is “The Friendliest of the Bunch” and we were so pleased to hear that she’d enjoyed her visit so much that she was going to write about us.  Pete, our deli Manager and his colleagues, Tia, Hayley and Jo are extremely friendly and knowledgeable and it’s always great when customers comment on this.  We are always clearly even more delighted when they decide to put it in writing.

Wriggle came to write about Papadeli being friendly

She came back with a great photographer who took some excellent shots of the delicatessen and our takeaway food and then wrote up all about her experience.

We love what she’s written – but then we would, as she’d been very kind!

Take a look here to see what you think 🙂



Cheese of the week – Waterloo

Waterloo cheese shines this week

Waterloo cow's cheese in the deli counter

Every good delicatessen in our opinion need some good British Brie-type cheeses and Waterloo is no exception.  Made by the lovely people who make Wigmore which is always popular for it’s more-ish deliciousness.

Waterloo cheese is a mild, semi-soft cheese made near Riseley in Berkshire.  It is made from Guernsey milk.

Made using the washed curd method (where some of the whey is replaced with water in the preparation process), the butteriness comes through and the acidity is minimal.  Soft, creamy and gentle (which makes it really easy to eat!) it has a pale yellow colour, which develops as a result of the presence of natural carotene.  The flesh of the cheese is firm and rich and a tiny bit flaky at the centre, surrounded by an edge of more oozing texture towards the rind.

Waterloo cheese is on the deli counter for tasting – come and see what you like!


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Some lovely cheese from the deli!

We are proud of our cheeses….

We spend a great deal of time tasting and selecting cheese for the deli counter and we make sure it’s always looked after, so when you take it home it will taste at its best.

We try to have some cheese on the counter available to taste as we know how, as a customer in the deli, faced with lots of different cheeses, it’s not easy to choose which one you’d like, especially if you haven’t tried them before.

The cheese of the moment at Papadeli is Rosemary Manchego.

Villarejo Rosemary Cheese, curado – a mature unpasteurised Spanish ewes´milk cheese from Cuenca, La Mancha . We are not meant to call it Manchego officially as it has a coating of rosemary and therefore differs from classical Manchego. The dairy is a small family business and the milk is collected from the dairy’s own herds and local farms.

This is a truly artisan Manchego-style cheese with a rosemary coated rind which gives it a very subtle hint of rosemary, which is a lovely change from the usual Manchego which we absolutely love for its nutty, buttery and clean flavour.

It won gold in the world cheese awards in 2007 and 2008 so we’re talking a cheese of pedigree.

Call into the deli to try some!


Christmas hampers

Christmas hampers make such a lovely gift

We conducted some research on Twitter and Facebook to see what people like to get in their Christmas hamper….

Christmas cheese for hampers

The responses we received on Twitter were  overwhelmingly savoury – with cheese, quince jam, pickles, mostarda fruits, charcoal crackers, wine, port and prosecco!

However, the Facebook followers were much more into sweeties – in addition to cheese, crackers, port, wine and pickles, they listed Turkish Delight, Salted caramels, Christmas pud, mince pies, dark chocolate, chocolate coffee beans, marmalade…. What an excellent Christmas hamper!


When we asked the Twitterati whether sweet things would be OK in a Christmas hamper and they responded that chocolates were acceptable and grappa soaked cherries definitely welcome!

We love this sort of survey at Papadeli (well anything that involves talking about food pleases us greatly!!) and delighted that many our followers feel the same!

Don’t forget we can arrange delivery for your Christmas hampers around the UK. Just order online here!

Company Christmas hampers

If you’re a company and want to get a lovely foodie gift for your staff, please mail us info@papadeli.co.uk and we’ll organise it for you! We can supply foodie gifts and hampers for all price ranges.

Christmas food basket