Sunderland’s Juniper’s Pantry deli up for food award

David Gill with a sample of the produce for his game tasting evening at Juniper's Pantry, Barnes, Sunderland
David Gill with a sample of the produce for his game tasting evening at Juniper's Pantry, Barnes, Sunderland
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Is a city deli the best place to eat in the North East?

Juniper’s Pantry, which has chains in Barnes and Fulwell, is hoping to have the recipe for success at the Northern Independent Retail Awards 2015.

Juniper's Pantry - Sea Road, Fulwell.

Juniper's Pantry - Sea Road, Fulwell.

The Sunderland business, which also runs the kitchen at The Cavalier, Silksworth, is in the running for the title of North East’s Best Eatery in the inaugural awards.

At the helm of Juniper’s is David Gill, who’s cooked for royalty and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy at a top restaurant in Switzerland before moving back to open his own business in his home city.

The delis have built up a reputation for providing twists on classic English food, such as duck and black pudding sausage rolls.

David said: “We are thrilled to be in the running for the North East’s best eatery. Being in the running for an award spanning the whole region feels like the culmination of a massive amount of hard work through good times and bad.

“All the staff are equally thrilled and really excited for the awards ceremony.

“We would never even have been on the radar for this award if it wasn’t for all the loyal custom from all our customers, and we would not be where we are without the amazing loyalty and help from the fine people of Sunderland.”

The deli will find out if it has been successful at an awards ceremony being held in Manchester. The black tie event, organised by Creative Oceanic, will be hosted by the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel on July 19.

The Northern Independent Retail Awards aim to celebrate independent retailers in Northern England who offer unique products and services.

There’s a range of categories including Café of the Year, Convenience Store of the Year, Hair and Beauty Retailer of the Year, Service Provider of the Year and more. As well as recognising the commercial success and achievements of the independent retail businesses in Northern England, the awards will be raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation.