It’s really worth a visit just to take a look at chef Fabio’s architectural creations – if Gretel and Willy Wonka were to have a love child, its name would be Fabio. And the mulled wine recipe basically evolved as such: ‘Try this’, chef Nathan says. ‘Ooh that’s lovely! But it needs more brandy’. Perfect.
Other seasonal highlights include Cartmel puddings, both Christmas and Sticky Toffee – pour over some thick Jersey cream and you’ve got yourself a big hug in a bowl, as Mr Wallace would say.
Beautiful Italian tins of Amaretti biscuits and fruit filled Gubeletti, and Perbillini Artisan Panettone, made slowly in the traditional way, fresh and in small batches. We’ve also got master chocolatier Sven Herzog making us some gorgeous boozy truffles, and if you come in on Friday 14th you can try before you buy as he’ll be doing a tasting session with us. Very exciting.
And cheese! Sweet Baby Cheesus! The hand-ladled Stilton in beautiful blue ceramic pots are a brilliant present, and we’re stocking up on super stinky cheeses like Vacherin Mont d’Or – smells like a French dairy farmer’s armpit, tastes like a creamy piece of heaven.
Can’t decide what to get your girl/boyfriend/cousin/colleague/mentor/hairdresser? How about a little of this and a little of that, all wrapped up in a nice wicker hamper with a big bow on top? Either have a rummage around the shop and pick out some lovely bits and pieces, or just let us know how much you’d like to spend and we’ll use our super special deli skills and know-how to put it together for you.
Ho Ho Holy Mother Mary, it’s going to be a delicious Christmas this year!