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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!

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.



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


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.


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!


Wedding caterer
Wedding canapes
st george’s wedding

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!

Clementines are in!

Clementines make Christmas for us….

Clementines for Christmas

These little beauties come from Spain and are super sweet, tangy and juicy, just as the best clementines should be.  They come in this cute wooden crates, so not plastic or useless packaging.  We re-use them for packaging gifts for friends and family and often visit them months later to see they’re using the crates in their own way whether for storing food in the kitchen or in the garden for seedlings or bulbs etc


We have a limited supply of clementines as we want them to remain as fresh as possible for you.

Make sure you call in and get yours for Christmas. £5.95 per tray.

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?

Deli cheese in Bristol
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


Elderflower fritter recipe

Elderflower fritter recipe

Papadeli Bristol elderflower fritters

British gardens and hedgerows are awash with creamy white clusters of elderflower. Such a wonderfully British thing, the scent of elderflower is such a treat in cordials and foods.  We’ve been reading a bit about them, and found that they are a valuable antioxidant and offer antibiotic and antiseptic properties, in addition to being used to combat allergies, thanks to the quercetin in them.  They are even used as a mouthwash – perhaps worth a try?

Sweeter and more fragrant than the elderberries to come, these elegant flowers can be used in all sorts of dishes – try these delicious elderflower fritters!

Papadeli elderflower fritters

These are pretty little pastries that pack a powerful elderflower punch, thanks to lots of elderflowers and some elderflower cordial. They will last a couple days after they’re made, but are best the moment they emerge from the hot oil. You can eat leftovers at room temperature, or you can refry them for a minute to crisp them up again.
This recipe can also be used with rose petals and rose water, too.

Makes about 25 fritters.

Prep Time: 5 minutes, once you have your elderflowers picked.
Cook Time: 20 minutes, because you have to cook these in batches.


2  eggs, beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sparking wine, pilsner or lager beer, or seltzer water
2 tablespoons elderflower cordial
1 cup elderflowers
A pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup cake flour or all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Vegetable oil for frying

Pour enough oil into a deep fryer or a large, heavy pot to come up to a depth of 4 inches or so. You can use as little as an inch- worth of oil, but your fritters will be flatter. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring the oil to 350 degrees.
When the oil is hot, mix all the other ingredients into a large bowl. Make sure there are no lumps. The consistency should be thicker than pancake or beer batter, but not so thick that it will completely hold its shape if scooped. If it is too thin, add flour. Too thick, add more beer, champagne or seltzer.
Drop about a tablespoon of batter into the hot oil for each fritter. It is important not to crowd them, so you’ll have to cook the fritters in batches. After about 30 seconds or so, if the fritters have not floated to the surface of the hot oil, use a chopstick or butter knife to dislodge them from the bottom of the fryer or pot. Fry until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes.
Drain on paper towels as you cook the rest of the fritters. When they are cooled a bit, dust with confectioner’s sugar.


New cookery class dates for Autumn/Winter 2016

Hands on, informative, informal.

Sums up our classes pretty well.  Get your hands on some of the finest ingredients and learn from great chefs.  Have a bit of fun at the same time.

Our Spring/Summer cookery classes sold out very quickly indeed, so here are our Autumn/Winter ones for you to have a quick look at.

Do book soon if you’re interested.

Click here to see the cookery class timetable.

Cookery classes Bristol

photo by Clifton Photography.