CHECKETTS Fine Foods in Ombersley has received a certificate of congratulations for being highly commended in the Deli of the Year competition.

Customers of Checketts of Ombersley nominated the deli as part of a national competition to find the place with the best deli attitude in the UK.

The Deli of the Year competition is an idea created and organised by Olives Et Al, an artisan food producer in Dorset, as a way of raising the awareness of delis everywhere and helping them get feedback from their customers in a way that is both supportive and helpful to business owners.

Giles Henschel, founder of Olives Et Al and organiser of the event, said: “Our congratulations go to Checketts Fine Foods and we hope that the team is thrilled to have been nominated by their own customers and highly commended by the judges.”

Phil Checketts, managing director, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the comments our customers have made and being nominated by our customers shows just how much they appreciate what we have to offer.

“We are very proud to run a deli and to offer quality local produce which we choose with great care and pride. To win this award in the first year of trading indicates just how hard our team is working to make Checketts Fine Foods a place to find exceptional food providing knowledge, warmth and a happy welcome to everyone who visits.”

Checketts of Ombersley is a family-owned butchers shop dating back to 1902. In 1925 the business moved to its current premises in the centre of Ombersley and is now owned by the grandson of the original founder, Phil Checketts and his wife Pam.

Phil’s son David is general manager of the business and the fourth generation to be involved with the business.

In November 2007, David opened Checketts Fresh Fish within Church Villa and in 2010 the Checketts family launched their Fine Foods deli.