The Merchant of Venice
This family-run business prides itself on its friendly, and very knowledgeable, service. Co-owner Lorenzo Maraspin used to run Gino's, a popular Italian restaurant in Bournemouth, and "99 per cent" of the stock here is Italian. In addition to stocking the usual deli staples, the Merchant of Venice also runs a fantastic, made-to-order sandwich bar, packed with exquisite ingredients. Afull catering service is also available.
Where: 489 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, Dorset (01202 855166; www.merchant-of-venice.co.uk)