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Gift Guide - For the Foodie
December 11, 2020

Gift Guide - For the Foodie

Want to buy some goodies for you foodie friend? We have the perfect gift guide to help you out.  We love making food using brilliant seasonal ingredients and making them the star of the show. 

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  1. Metal Dish Brush
  2. Vegetable Rubs
  3. Roast Dinner Dust
  4. Beeswax wraps
  5. Chilli Lovers Box

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Gift Guide - Best Buys at the Deli
November 24, 2020

Gift Guide - Best Buys at the Deli

These are our favourite gifts in the deli right now, a mix between classics we've had in since day one, and newer items we've slowly been adding to in our store.  These are what we talk about everyday to our customers, that we all use at home and now can't live without.  If you ask any one of us what we love, we will all say at least one of these!

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A spotlight on our suppliers
September 30, 2020

A spotlight on our suppliers

We are very proud of the brands and products that we stock and use in the deli, and choose every product carefully, making sure that all the brands are environmentally friendly and sustainable. We always test them out ourselves to make sure that we love using them and can give you all hints and tips of how they best work! Over the past year we have become more aware of businesses being accredited as B Corporations; and we have tried to stock as many that are suited to our offer; these include: Jude's icecream, Rubies in the Rubble Chutney, Who Gives a Crap loo roll, Dame Tampons, Minor Figures Oat M*lk and Beeswax Wraps. We're also really proud that our friends at Studio Republic in Winchester who we've worked with received their accreditation this year.

About B-Corps

For a business to be certified as a B corp they have to complete an assessment and comply with legal requirements, demonstrating complete transparency across their whole business, employees and supply chain; measuring their entire social and environmental performance.  For us at the deli it gives us confidence in the knowledge that these businesses truly are working for the greater good of the planet, and can demonstrate that to you our customers!  We love that it is also building a community of businesses connecting and working together through their passion for the planet rather than just profitability growth. 
The list is growing, you can read all about B Corps here and see if you recognise any of the brands you consume or work with. We would love to become certified ourselves in the future!

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Eat Out to Help Out
August 28, 2020

Eat Out to Help Out

 

As each month ends at the moment, it’s important to reflect on another period of change at the deli.  August has been another challenging month, but this time for completely different reasons.  Summer in Winchester is usually a quieter time for our trade, with many regulars off on their summer holidays and not in their usual routine.  When Rishi Sunak announced the Eat out to Help out scheme in July, I was originally sceptical as to how it would work.  It almost sounded too good to be true! I was worried about the process of reclaiming the discounted money and how quickly it would be transferred into my account.  On a personal level though, I was excited to go and try some places I hadn’t been to before!


To add more unpredictability, it’s been a month of extreme weather conditions - we quickly forgot the 32 degrees heat that we faced at the beginning of the month, and trust me, it felt a lot hotter than that in the kitchen! We also have had 50mph winds, heavy rainfall, and flash flooding. Luckily the deli wasn't affected by floods, but we did have some leaking through the ceiling. 

 

We are really impacted by weather conditions, and it can make it very difficult to predict how much food to prepare, as we make everything from scratch in the morning.   August was also challenging as we waited for new staff to join us, and the rest of us rallied round working hard, waiting for our team to once again be full.  So, at the end of the second week, when we were having queues out the door continuously, running out of table space and quickly having to top up salads, toasties and cakes until we literally ran out of food; we realised what an impact the scheme was going to have for us in August.


I’ve read various articles online suggesting that the scheme had turned people into demanding, annoying and argumentative customers; when tables were not available and food was delayed.  We can only comment on our experience at the deli, where we have a huge, loyal and lovely customer base, so we are lucky not to have seen this.  I have, however, felt the pressure of the scheme on my staff and our abilities to cope with the demand.  It has roughly tripled our usual daily trade take on Mon - Wed; happening pretty much overnight where we’ve still had to be so careful on staffing costs, food costs and our cash flow. The week was suddenly flipped, with us quickly nicknaming it starting with ‘Monday madness’ and we just didn’t have time for us to plan for it or reflect in some of our resources, so we’ve definitely been powering through on adrenaline!


With so many people ‘stay-cationing’ and holidays being cancelled, it has been a very unexpected and amazing August, we’re definitely not complaining about how it turned out.  But with some of us still not having had a holiday since Christmas, we’re looking forward to September and getting some time off.   And who knows what September will bring, we are still literally taking it day by day with very little pattern emerging!

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Supporting Local
June 30, 2020

Supporting Local

When the pandemic hit and lockdown took over, we had to quickly stand back and rethink our purpose...

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