BBC Good Food Show Midlands Deli of the Year

With less than two months to go until the BBC Good Food Show Winter, the shortlist for Midlands Best Deli has been revealed. Out of the ten nominations I know (and can heartily recommend) four of them.

Anderson & Hill

Anderson & Hill, Birmingham

Cheese, charcuterie, pasta, sauces and if you’re quick enough at lunchtime freshly made sandwiches from this bijoux little shop in Great Western Arcade. Independent Birmingham cardholders benefit from 10% off.

Oakes Farm Shop cake

Oakes Farm Shop, Coventry

Farmers for ninety years, the Oakes family has an extensive deli, butcher and bakery onsite in one of the largest farm shops in the area, that also serves breakfasts and lunches in a café seating 50 people.

 Onley Grounds Farm Shop meat

Onley Grounds Farm Shop and Butchery, Rugby

Currently only open at the weekends, this is the place to go to for meat lovers – the grain fed beef from the farm, steaks, sausages and pies are highly recommended.

St Giles Cheese

St Giles Cheese, Northampton

On a quiet street in the city centre, this Aladdins Cave of edibles stocks more than the famous local cheese Cobblers Nibble. Steve and Caroline Ward will guide you through their olive oils, Belgian chocolates, cider, pies and pasta.


Edible Brum

Gary, at Anderson & Hill deli in Birmingham, has tweeted about a new local foodie magazine. Edible Brum is written by the team behind the Warehouse Café and their first issue features Loaf’s Tom Baker and the Michelin star chef Glynn Purnell. Published online at

Anderson & Hill

Strolling through the Great Western Arcade, with the willpower not to buy gorgeous cupcakes from the 90 Day Café, I went into Anderson & Hill instead.

This bijoux deli has a small, but carefully selected, range of coffees, biscuits and pasta that you’d expect plus the best range of cheeses you’ll find in the city centre. Anderson & Hill doesn’t have a website yet, but their product update tweets are well worth following.

 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham B2 5HU 0121 236 28 29