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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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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.


Cheese for Christmas

Artisan cheesemongers are a world away from mass produced

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Visit our cheese counter to see the superb selection our deli manager and cheesemonger, Jo has selected for Christmas.  Jo trained at Neal’s Yard Dairy in London and knows all there is to know about looking after cheese to ensure it is at its very best for you.

Artisan cheese, made in small batches requires care if it is to be eaten at its very best.  Jo looks after all the cheese and makes sure it is at the right temperature.  She has ordered all the traditional Christmas favourites, such as Colston Bassett Stilton, Keen’s Cheddar and Brie (have you tasked Baron Bigod our British Brie – it’s superb).  There is also a fabulous selection of more unusual cheeses that you might soma like to try with friends and family this year.

The difference between mass produced and artisan cheese is so obvious as soon as you sample some of the hand made, properly cared for cheeses.  The flavour stands out and lingers.  What better than to sit down with your favourite people with a quality cheeseboard, some good wine to match, pickles, handmade crackers and fruit.  It is in fact a meal in itself and is to be savoured.  You may detect a tone of obsession with cheese, and yes,we are pretty obsessed.

We are always delighted to chat about cheese and for you to sample some that you haven’t tasted before and that you would perhaps like to take home.  Just pop into the deli and take a look.

Christmas cheese!

Ideas for your Christmas cheeseboard.

One of the most wonderful traditions at this tme of year is the Christmas cheeseboard.  An excuse to really delve into the world of cheese and take your time about it.  The rest of the year doesn’t really give enough time to cheese in our opinion.  So take it slow and enjoy!


Stilton or something else?

We love Stilton and can’t get enough of it, so would say why not have Stilton and something else! We love Barkham Blue – a deliciously creamy with a hit of sharpness.  When people taste it, they just want to eat it all!

Cheese for Christmas from Papadeli

What a bout modafinil your brie-type cheese?

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Brie is so good when it’s ripe as it should be.  Firm on the outside and oozing on the inside.  How about having something else too? Wigmore is SO delicious – it’s a sheep’s cheese made in the Cotswolds by Juliet  Harbutt.  Put a whole wheel on your table and watch it disappear!!

What else?

Cheddar, of course, is a definite, try Montgomery – just tangy enough with a deep nutty creaminess which is divine.  And come and visit the cheese counter to take a look at a host of unusual, deliciously ripe cheese ready to be devoured.


Enjoy, and Happy Christmas!

The best cheese in Bristol


Christmas gifts in the deli

Time to celebrate with food

It is so wonderful to see customers in the deli getting excited about gifts they’re buying for friends and family this Christmas.  Many of us are fortunate enough to have what we need and appreciate a well chosen food item over a scented candle or another trinket.  Giving food means that it will be enjoyed and shared with others ( if they’re the generous sort!).

So what to give?

Charbonnel et walker at Papadeli


A bit cliched?  A bit unoriginal? We don’t think so! Every chocolate bar and box at Papadeli is chosen because it is made by producers that value quality ingredients.  Milk chocolate is not cloyingly sweet, but made with a good percentage of cocoa.  Dark chocolate is not harsh and bitter but smooth and rich.  We know that aesthetics are important when choosing a gift – and all the boxes are quite beautiful.  These chocolates are not cheap, and therefore when given as a gift, it’s likely that they will receive them as a true sign of your appreciation They may not have tasted them before and will see them as a little bit of luxury. Lovely. Select from Charbonnel et Walker, Prestat, Chococo, Bodrato, Doble & Bignall  – the list goes on… More unusual chocolates include brand soaked, chocolate stuffed figs, cherries in a grappa syrup covered in chocolate, dulce de leche filled chocolates….

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Unusual ingredients

Many of us enjoy cooking (and eating) and love to try new ingredients and dishes.  One special ingredient can often transform a dish, and Papadeli’s shelves are full of such wonderful things. We have balsamic vinegars of all ages and types (add to salads, meat dishes, even puddings), delicious pates from France, Spain and the South West, superb cheeses and all to go with – from quince paste, to fine cheese company fruit pastes and mostarda fruits from Italy.  It’s a great chance to try some new tastes.

Cheeses for Christmas



If you’re visiting someone at Christmas, what lovelier gift than a large slice of Montgomery Cheddar, Stilton or something a little more exotic such as Monte Enebro, a creamy white Spanish goat’s cheese. Our experts at Papadeli really know their cheese, and are always happy to discuss the best option for you and give you a little taster!

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Foodie gifts

If you’re looking for something that might last longer than something edible, then have a little browse amongst our beautiful objects for foodies.  From gorgeous sustainable mango wood bowls to locally made olive oil decanters, all are simple and original gifts that will look good in any kitchen.

Christmas foodie gifts

Wine & alcohol

We have a small, carefully chosen selection of wine that is generally unavailable at other shops.  Each is from single estate, small vineyards and so you can rest assured that if you’re looking for wine for someone who really knows their stuff, they will be happy (and probably pretty impressed) by your wine choice. We also have cava (so underrated now that prosecco has taken over!), limoncello and sherry. How about combining a slice of cheese with a lovely red?

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Still not sure – how about a cookery class or a voucher?

Papadeli is the sort of place that people love to spend time – there is so much to look at on the shelves, plenty to enjoy from the counter selection of divine food and cakes, a cafe at the Royal Academy and a cookery school.  If you are unsure about what exactly to get them, but know they’d enjoy something foodie, we have vouchers – both general and for cookery classes.  They can be bought in the shop or here.

If you’re still stuck for ideas, come to the deli and take a look around.  You’re sure to find some inspiration!

For more information about Papadeli, please email info@papadeli.co.uk