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Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2017: Independent Retailer of the Year

PUBLISHED: 10:58 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 25 July 2017

We reveal our Best Independent Retailer

We reveal our Best Independent Retailer


We reveal the winner of Independent Retailer of the Year

The winner of this award will consistently show an expert knowledge and, like all our finalists, an unrivalled passion for his or her trade. It could be a deli, a wine or beer store, the village green grocer, baker or something unusual.

The finalists...

Bellalicious Cake Company

I’m a self-taught baker with passion for all things cake. I love to try new techniques and flavours and learn new skills. I bake for different budgets and dietary requirements and offer refined sugar-free options. I source local fruit for my homemade jam used in some of my cakes.

Sarah’s Simple Cakes, Hoddesdon

Sarah’s Simple Cakes was founded in 2015. Having more than 25 years behind me in baking, the natural step was to follow my creative streak and develop my passion for creating exquisite and bespoke wedding and celebration cakes. I create nothing but the very best and concentrate on providing a very high standard while maintaining a personal and reliable service.

Parker & Vine, Harpenden

Jane Parker and Sue Vine had an idea to bring the London food scene to Harpenden. Parker and Vine is the result, selling freshly made vibrant salads and cakes, plus a handpicked range of continental pantry items.

And the winner is...

Parker & Vine, Harpenden

The judges said of our winner: Parker and Vine are a fine example of what an independent retailer is all about. Their food is healthy and fresh and extremely inviting and the shop itself is outstanding. Lovely produce locally sourced and fantastic customer service. Jane and Sue have a great partnership and their love of food and business just works. Exceptional!


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