We don’t know about you but we think that there has never been a better time for food in the UK and this is why we have scoured the land far and wide to bring you the very best that our fair land has to offer to tempt and tickle your tastebuds. We’ve jam packed all manner of delicious morsels into our shop, whether you’re looking for a scrummy cheeseboard made up of all your favourites or looking to discover a new product made right on your doorstep, you’ll find no end of yummies on our shelves – you might need to bring an extra bag with you!
We’re always on the look out for new suppliers, particularly those close to our fabulous little town. Our list of local suppliers is ever-changing but for now we are proud to work with Mrs Middleton’s, Hitchin’s own Hibiscus Lily, Rollagranola, local tea company Twist Teas and Now Now, to name just a few. Are you a local artisan producer? Get in touch with us, we’d love to have your products on our shelves! What’s more, it’s just become even easier to shop with The Little Deli – we’ve gone online!! We’re busy shipping cheeseboards to Chester, hampers to Hereford and goodies to Gloucester. So stick the kettle on, put your feet up and treat yourself to something delicious. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Online shop now open, deliveries and collections available!
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."