Glasgow’s Best Deli Announced – BBC Good Food Show

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The BBC Good Food Show team have been scouring Glasgow and the surrounding area in association with BBC Good Food Magazine to search for Glasgow’s Best Deli. After a rigorous application process the deserving winner has been confirmed as:Billington’s of Lenzie

After counting and reviewing customer nominations, a mystery shopping exercise performed by some of Glasgow’s top bloggers and a visit from Katy Truss of Fabulous Food Finds, stood out as a clear winner of the coveted title of Glasgow’s Best Deli.

They will receive a free of charge stand to promote their business and sell their products to thousands of food lovers at the BBC Good Food Show Scotland in Glasgow, which runs at the SECC from 18 – 20 October.


Billingtons of Lenzie had a phenomenal amount of customer nominations during the voting period. Not only the volume of nominations stood out, but also the enthusiasm from their customers.

One of them commented:

“A lovely selection of food, amazing array of wines and beers and the most friendly and helpful staff!! They have regular drink and food tasting with experts to guide you in your choice of wines and beers. Excellent deli!”

The Show’s blogging community were set the task of mystery shopping the most nominated delis. They looked out for the variety and range of local and international produce, quality of facilities, customer service and atmosphere too. The results from this showed that Billingtons stood out amongst the competition.

Katy Truss of Fabulous Food Finds visited Billingtons and the most popular nominated delis including Roots and Fruits, Peckhams and Delizique.

She said: Billington’s had a fantastic range of local and Scottish produce along with delicacies from further afield. They had an impressive selection of alcoholic drinks, including prosecco on tap! The cafe serves great coffee, sandwiches made with fresh deli items and a unique cold stone to mix ice creams with various toppings. They also run popular cookery workshops and tasting evenings too. The staff were friendly and had excellent product knowledge too.”

“This was a really great contest to judge. There was a great range of applications from all over Glasgow but Billingtons of Lenzie really stood out with plenty of enthusiastic nominations from customers. I was impressed with the way they work with their local community and get customers involved in tasting and making too. It’s a superb destination for local shoppers and we’re really excited to see what they will bring to the Show.”





I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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