We don’t know about you but we think that there has never been a better time for food in the UK, and because of this, radically, The Little Deli stocks primarily produce made on our home soil. That being said, there are some European greats that our deli wouldn’t be complete without, our Proscuitto di Parma, Comte, Taleggio, Mortadella with Pistachio and Ibirico Bellota are favourites that will always have a home in our counters.
A little closer to our front door, Hitchin (and surrounding areas) is very lucky to be the home to loads of really fabulous artisan producers. All sorts of great names (with even greater stories) are present on our shelves. Whether you’re looking for some jams and chutneys with a twist from Hibiscus Lily (Hitchin), cold pressed rapeseed oil from Mrs Middleton (Barton Hills) or giant meringues from The Sunshine Kitchen (Ickleford) – you’ll be sure to leave us with your shopping bag full of all sorts of treats.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
We were wondering where our love of cheese came from, then a relative researched our family tree and low and behold - we are related to one Cooper Thornhill - the man credited with first marketing Stilton Cheese - a most colourful man; here is his potted history:
"The pioneer of blue Stilton was Cooper Thornhill, owner of the Bell Inn on the Great North Road, in the village of Stilton. In 1730, Thornhill discovered a distinctive blue cheese while visiting a small farm in rural Leicestershire. He fell in love with the cheese and made a business arrangement that granted the Bell Inn exclusive marketing rights to blue Stilton. Soon thereafter, wagon loads of cheese were being delivered to the inn. Since the main stagecoach routes from London to Northern England passed through the village of Stilton he was able to promote the sale of this cheese and the legend of Stilton rapidly spread."