Deli seeks help to win national industry award

Rafi's Spicebox has entered a national award to win Deli of the Year and needs the public's support.                   FL; Manager Chris Garnett. ANL-141021-172855009
Rafi's Spicebox has entered a national award to win Deli of the Year and needs the public's support. FL; Manager Chris Garnett. ANL-141021-172855009

An Asian delicatessen which has been based in Sudbury for 25 years is calling on the public to help it win an industry award.

Thanks to a loyal following, Rafi’s Spicebox in North Street has expanded across the UK, with stores in York and Harrogate.

Chris Garnett, manager of the Sudbury shop, said Rafi’s was well-established in the town with loyal customers who appreciate their customer service and fresh approach to food.

“A lot of people like to see what goes in their food and how things are cooked,” he said.

Rafi Fernandez opened the venture in 1989 after years of teaching Indian cooking to local communities.

Since then, it has expanded three times to cope with the ever-increasing demand from customers, as well as introducing stores in the north.

Rafi died in May last year, leaving the business to her two sons Kevin and Lee.

Now the company, which also sells curry packs online, is asking for the public to vote for it in this year’s Farm Shop and Deli Awards.

Rafi’s is entered in the Delicatessen of the Year Award – a title that could put it on the culinary map.

Votes for Rafi’s Spicebox can be cast online via the Farm Shop and Deli Show website at www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk.