And the winner is…

independent business logo - mid…Capeling & Co! A huge congratulations to Capeling & Co who have won by a trounce the inaugural Birmingham Independent Food Business of the Year award for 2010. Capeling & Co opened on the trendy York Road in Kings Heath in November 2009, offering something truly unique on Birmingham’s food landscape. Capeling & Co not only offer a fine selection of handmade artisan cheeses from across the UK and Europe, as well as other hard-to-find deli ingredients, but they deliver it with passion and style too. So much passion that they’ll even have run-ins with the British Cheese Board to ensure South Birmingham is eating the best cheddar possible. Their little shop is becoming a haven for foodies because you simply can’t get most of the things they stock without traveling outside of Birmingham. I first visited a couple of weeks after they opened, and have been a regular there ever since as both customer and supplier. They had a great 2010, building slowly, educating the public, reinvesting in the shop, venturing out to markets and events, and sourcing great cheese throughout. They topped off 2010 with a fantastic Christmas and New Year, improving the Christmas cheeseboards of half of South Birmingham seemingly, including mine!

There’s only a handful of businesses in Birmingham that take as much care about their food sourcing as Capeling & Co, and the whole point of this competition is to celebrate those great food businesses and hopefully find out about new one’s that we’re not already aware of. I hope everyone’s enjoyed reading, nominating and voting. I’m personally very excited about what 2011 holds for Birmingham’s grassroots food scene, happy new year!

After taking out duplicate votes the final scores for the top three were:

1st – Capeling and Co – 45 votes

2nd – Kitchen Garden Cafe – 21 votes

3rd – Rossiters Organic Butchers- 14 votes

Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy

Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy, Kirkham Farm, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire, GL54 2JS
Local Products Available (<40 miles from B1 1AA): Organic Cotswold brie, blue-veined brie, and herb brie
Tel: 01451 870852 Email: Web:
Distance by Road from B1 1AA: 50 miles
Stockists in Birmingham and Solihull: Moseley Farmers Market

Brock Hall Farm Goats Cheese

Brock Hall Farm, Chelmarsh, Bridgnorth, WV16 6QA.
Local Products Available (<40 miles from B1 1AA):
Artisan feta-type and soft fresh goats cheese made fresh on the farm using milk from own free range herd of pure saanen goats.
Tel: 07968 081691 Email: Web:
Distance from B1 1AA by road: 32 Miles
Stockists in Birmingham or Solihull:
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Fowlers of Earlswood

Fowlers of Earlswood Dairy, Small Lane, Earlswood, B94 5EL.
Local Products Available (<40 miles from B1 1AA):
Selection of Cows Milk cheeses including Sage Derby, Warwickshire Truckle, Forest Blue, and Block Cheeses (mild to extra mature)
Tel: 01564 702329 Web:
Distance from B1 1AA by road: 11.5 Miles
Stockists in Birmingham or Solihull:
Becketts Farm Shop, The Grocer @ Edgbaston

Berkswell Cheese Company

Berkswell Cheese Company, Ram Hall Farm, Berkswell, West Midlands, CV7 7BD
Local Products Available (<40 miles from B1 1AA):
Berkswell Hard, Marlow, and Kelsey Lane
Tel: 01676 562 203 Email: Web:
Distance from B1 1AA by road: 16 Miles
Stockists in Birmingham or Solihull:
Leverton and Halls Deli