Local gem: Shelford Deli

I finally got to try the wonderful Shelford Deli recently, and it didn’t disappoint. The first thing that surprised me was the scale of the deli and the range of products; fresh produce outside, local ales, dried goods, a highly tempting cheese section and don’t get me started on the chocolate (one large dark chocolate and almond bar already consumed too soon!)

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Sian, Tilly, Coco and I went following a great playdate at Ragged Rascals at Shelford Rugby Club (highly recommend for adventurous toddlers). The girls shared one of the kids pasta and we loved that they give you the option of hot/cold, cheese/no cheese (always cheese right?). Sian had The Jarvis (the one she is always tweeting about!) – a salt beef and chicken sandwich from the to-go selection and I had the infamous sausage roll (after spotting a tip off from Deepa of The Food Mela blog), and the roasted vegetable slice. All was pretty affordable around the £3 mark, and you can taste they were made fresh and with love.

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We also had flat whites (perfect) and tried the butter caramel bar (very nice) and Sian got the girls an Ella’s kitchen pouch each which kept them distracted while we had our sweet treats (as did the lovely wooden ‘deli’ and animal toys in the garden). I’ve also been back a second time with the husband and tried the fig flapjack and blondie – the blondie was a bit too gooey for me – but maybe that’s just as goey seems weird when it’s not a brownie – I’m not sure!

Overall I was very excited to discover another local gem and I look forward to going back and trying more of the range of food. The facilities were great and the garden is safe for little ones to run relatively wild in, the service polite, including Clare Tubby the lovely manager too – you can find her on Twitter @ClareTubby.

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