Tender dry cured ham with a bitter sweet tang to the salty fat. A rare breed pork pie topped with glazed cubes of cooked apple, soft mellow Blondies studded with cranberries and white chocolate. Where am I? I’m gazing at my mini picnic that only needs Enid Blyton’s “lashings of ginger beer”, to be perfect.
I heard from friends at Home Barn that a new deli was opening nearby and that there was to be a pre-opening tasting afternoon. Local Roots aims to work with local suppliers and artisan makers, so how could I resist? Armed with my camera, I went to check it out.
The store is long and narrow with scrubbed wood butchers block type tables where a cappuccino, latte and an artisan bread sandwich can be enjoyed. One side of the long counter displays an array of cold meat, salami, smoked turkey, pastrami and that very delicious ham I mentioned.
The cheeses, many of which are local, are ranged on the other side. In the far corner is an ‘oil refill station’. Shiny, stainless steel, tanks of olive and rapeseed oil. Either bring your own bottle or buy a clip-stopper bottle and fill up to your hearts content. Or if home made jam is more your thing, take a look at Made By Mums.
A range of jams, pickles and chutneys made by mums at home. In addition to the fabulous pickled chillies and strawberry jam, Mums have made the wonderful Blondie tray bakes and sweet/tart lemon drizzle cake, light as a feather and spine tinglingly good.
If Breakfast is more your thing, the shop opens at 7.30am with soft sticky apricot danish and pain aux raisin, crispy flaky croissants that are light and buttery. This is breakfast in a bag heaven.
Local Roots is well worth a visit whether for Breakfast, a quick sandwich lunch or a linger over coffee and plans for a picnic, because after all how could you resist?