A DORSET shop that stocks more types of cider than Tesco has been recognised with a national drinks industry award.
Independent superstore Dike’s of Stalbridge was named Convenience Store of the Year 2012 at The Drinks Retailing Awards held at London’s Dorchester Hotel last week, attended by store directors Andy Dike and Adam Vincent.
Dike’s, which has been family-run for five generations in Stalbridge, north Dorset, expanded its alcohol department when it moved to new purpose-built premises in 2007.
It now stocks more ciders than most of the big chain stores – 93 at the last count, many of them from local producers, including several organic varieties.
The drinks team also source many wines, ales and liqueurs locally, from firms such as Lyme Bay Winery, Dorset Piddle Brewery and the Somerset Cider Brandy Company. Their shelves host many hard-to-find spirits including including Plymouth Navy Strength gin, Monkey Shoulder Whisky, absinthe and mescal – complete with a worm in the bottle.
The Dike & Son Premium Wine Club is popular for its tasting evenings and the wine area is well stocked with everything from affordable table wine to very special bottles – including an organic no sulphur merlot from Stellar – and many champagnes.
The Drinks Retailing judges were looking for a firm “with a service that rises above the norm… who can act as an inspiration to the rest of the drinks trade”.
Director Adam Vincent said: “We are delighted that our drinks department has gained further recognition with this much valued award. We like to try and supply whatever our customers ask us for – and they test our knowledge to the limits!”
This is the second accolade for Dike’s drinks department; last year it picked up Best Independent Drinks Retailer of the Year 2010 at the UK Retail Industry Awards.
Contact Adam Vincent, Dike & Son Store Manager on 01963 362204 for more information or visit www.welovedorsetfood.co.uk
Picture shows: Directors Andy Dike and Adam Vincent receiving the trophy in London last week.