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Monday, 4 April 2016

Deli aims to delight in awards

Hunters of Helmsley – Britain's favourite small shop – has been nominated for an award, and is asking customers and supporters for help to be crowned winner.

The North Yorkshire deli has been nominated in the Great British Food Awards, as the best independent retailer in the North of England – a hotly contested category with four other businesses shortlisted.

The awards, which launched two years ago, celebrate the country's finest home-grown ingredients, as well as those who produce and cook with them, and includes categories covering food writers, TV personalities, cookbooks, products and restaurants, as well as retailers. Celebrity judges include Valentine Warner, John Torode, Rosemary Shrager, Caroline Quentin and Edd Kimber.

Christine Garnett, who owns Hunters of Helmsley with her husband Chris, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in this award, and as always, a little bit shocked.

" We love what we do, and good quality, local food and drink is our passion, so it’s always fantastic to hear that the wider world likes what we do too.

"We’d hugely appreciate any votes people feel able to give us – and fingers crossed for the summer.”

Hunters has been based on Helmsley’s picturesque Market Place for 26 years. Last year, it was crowned Britain’s Best Small Shop, at an event held at the House of Commons.

People can vote in the awards via www.greatbritishfoodmagazine.com/awards until 7 July. Voters will also be put into a prize draw to win one of 37 prizes worth £5,000.

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