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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 Panettone’s in and waiting for you!

Panettone – only available at this time of year.

A traditional Italian Festive treat, panettone is a tall, sweet, leavened bread. Originally eaten in Milan, it has become a widespread symbol of an Italian Christmas.  It has since been available all over Europe and further afield.  Some mass produced panettone have put many people off – somewhat on the dry side and not a great texture.  However, when made with care, by an artisan baker, using the lievito Madre (starter culture), sometimes taking up to 36 hours, the texture and flavour is a revelation. Traditionally made with dried fruits, sometimes soaked in alcohol, the bready mixture cannot be compared directly with bread as for ever kilo of flour, up to a kilo of butter is added.  It is therefore a cross between a light and fluffy cake and a moist bread.

Since the original panettone, bakers have experimented with a variety of flavours.  Some substitute the dried fruit with chocolate, some add vin Santo, apricots, apricot cream, add a topping of icing and roast almonds, some add grappa or a grappa cream.

They are an enormous treat and many Italians like to take one to a friend or relatives house at Christmas as a festive gift.  They are usually wrapped in beautiful, extravagant paper or packaging in colourful tins and boxes.  Giving one really is a statement of generosity and good will. This tradition dates back to the 14th or 15th centuries, when what was in short supply and was seen as a luxury.  Bakeries would only make panettone and wheat products at Christmas (the rest of the year they used oats and spelt).  Giving a bakery item made of wheat was considered a huge luxury.

We absolutely love panettone and try many every year, to make sure we get the most delicious for our deli customers. It’s worth visiting the deli just to see the range of gorgeous packaging!

If you’d like to read more about panettone, visit the BBC Travel website here.

panettone classico
vin santo panettone
panettone red ribbon
panettone di milano

Champagne hampers – a special treat for someone!

How about a champagne hamper?


Champagne with a twist hamper


We absolutely love this champagne.  Jacquart Brut mosaique is fresh with fruity grape and pear hints mingling with intense notes of bread crust. Rather powerful on the palate creating a balanced overall impression with a  lovely, long lasting finish, spice bread and fruit flavours.

Smoked salmon pate and champagne

We have created some gifts with the champagne alongside some other delicious treats that area sure to be loved by your loved ones (or very lucky colleagues or staff!)

Champagne with clementine – to make an unusual and delicious bucks fizz. £45

Champagne with Cornish salmon pate, Peter’s Yard sourdough crackers. £50

Champagne with olives, pistachios and cute olive bowl. £60

Champagne with Italian chocolates – Back (or kisses) and Bodrato, sophisticated red baton of selected chocolates, small bottle of British cassis.   £60

Champagne hamper Bristol

Delivery of hampers

Hampers can be delivered around Bristol  (central Bristol is free) and costs of further depend on size of order.

Please get your orders to us by 10.30am 20th December for delivery before Christmas.

Email info@papadeli.co.uk or ring us on 0117 973 6569


Champagne hamper Bristol

Watch a video all about our cake!

Fancy a piece of cake?

Order a cake!

Charity our super talented baker and cake maker creates the most delectable range of cakes that remind me of something out of Alice in Wonderland.  From Blackforest gateau decorated with white chocolate dipped cherries to raspberry and pistachio topped honey financiers looking pretty as jewels.  Her New York cheesecake has a firm following and sells out immediately as does her multi layered carrot cake with its sweet butter icing.

Every day, new masterpieces appear on the counter.  You have to be quick to catch them as she has a big fan club!

The cakes are also available to order for all your celebrations or events – imagine the faces of your guests as they set their eyes upon such delicious beauty!

Take a little look at the film below to get a taste of the cakes she makes.


Giant Easter egg for Jessie May charity!

We raised £315 for the Jessie May Trust!

We are so please that we raised a great amount for the brilliant charity.Thank you so much to all our customers who bought a ticket to support.

We’re raffling a giant Easter egg!

Easter is a great time in the deli for a host of beautiful and eye catching Easter eggs made locally and from Italy.  Easter is an important time in Italy and pretty much everyone presents friends and family with gorgeous looking eggs.  Every year, we raffle a giant egg for a local charity and this year we have a 4kg egg. That’s a lot of chocolate!

Jessie May is a charity providing “hospice at home” care for terminally ill children and support for their families and carers.  You can read more about them here.

4kg chocolate Easter egg

Make sure you visit the deli to have a look at all the amazing eggs and to buy a raffle ticket – they are £1 each and all proceeds go to Jessie May.  The draw will be on Good Friday.

Have a look below at a little film which will give you an idea of all the wonderful eggs we stock – see if you can spot the giant egg!

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!







A little film to show you around the deli

Papadeli looks so lovely at Christmas

It is the most wonderful time of the year in the deli and seeing really is believing.  We thought it would be nice to show you round inside the shop and all the delicious fine foods that we have on display.


Tia, who works in the deli made a little film showing you round from the beginning, behind the counter and all the amazing cheeses chosen by our cheesemonger and manager, Jo.  She ed then moves on to a quick tour of all the shelves and a superb selection of wonderful treats (cannot used enough adjectives here!).  From local honey to fine vinegars and oils, through eventually to a beautiful selection of fine chocolates and gorgeous kitchenware. Oh yes, not forgetting all the fabulous panettone that we stock, fresh from Italy.

Hopefully this little film will give you a taster of what it’s like in the deli!

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.

Deli product of the month: Artemonte pates

Artemonte pates are new to the deli

Artemonte began producing superb quality and delicious tasting meats and pates in 2005.  They took inspiration from the wonderful wild Sierra Morena mountains where they are based and started creating artisan product for the local market. Now available at a few British food stores and delis, we are delighted to welcome Artemonte pates to the deli shelves.

Choose from venison, wild boar or partridge. Try a new pate from the deli

Serve with crackers (we sell those in the picture – really crispy water biscuits that work perfectly with the pate). Fresh baguette or on little toasts for canapés.  Add some sliced gherkins.

Just delicious.

The benefits of olives

Olives are good in so many ways!

olives from the deli are good for you

At Papadeli, we love olives, of all types, and are mesmerised firstly by their flavour, but also by their history and health giving benefits.

16 olives count as one of your five a day! Too bitter to be eaten off the tree, they are usually cured in brine or olive oil.  The olives have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and contain hydroxytyrosol, a phytronutrient which is linked to cancer prevention.  They also contain calcium, which helps with bone loss.  They contain vitamin E, copper , iron and zinc which have a variety of health benefits, including helping skin elasticity and boosting immunity. Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils, being low in saturated fat and bring us a good amount of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Even the olive leaf is beneficial, and can be eaten (or taken in tablet form) in order to boost energy levels.

The olive tree lives for 300-600 years, and were originally cultivated in the Middle East.  Carbon dating in Spain dates the olive tree back to 6-8,000 years ago.  Olives were found n Egyptian tombs from 2000 years BC. They soon spread around Europe, thanks to the Romans as they spread their domain.

The good news is that despite our less than Mediterranean climate, we can grow olive trees in the UK.  They should be grown in a warm, sunny spot, by a sunny wall, for example.  They will not tolerate freezing temperatures of -10C and so should be protected if this happens. They can cope with dry conditions but if you want fruit, they should be watered frequently. These wonderful trees only flower after four years and aren’t normally harvested until the 15th year!

So as well as many health benefits, they clearly promote the need for patience and perhaps also mindfulness!