Shelford Deli

Refurbishment and accessibility project

Drew and Nicky, who run the deli in Great Shelford, are passionate about making food accessible. From its very cramped shop premises, the business already had a great reputation locally, selling fruit and veg, artisan bread, cheese, wine, deli goods etc. This project created a substantial extension alongside the original shop, with a much larger space conceived on the model of a Continental covered market. The original shop now forms one of a number of ‘stalls’ within or adjacent to this market hall; this means the business now boasts a wider range of products, together with a café-bistro with plenty of seating to enjoy a coffee or a light lunch. 

The recipe is a success, as the business continues to thrive, despite a big-name supermarket moving in nearby. 

The business is proudly local and aims to reconnect people with the best food available from small producers. They love to share what they have learned, chatting about the wines or the provenance of the ingredients they use, allowing us all to make the link between the food we eat and where it comes from. Through the new building they have been able to create a warm and welcoming venue full of great food and drink, people and laughter. 

At the front and rear of the market hall two mature trees were retained, creating beautiful outdoor spaces in which to sit and enjoy the food on offer. The gable ends of the hall are fully glazed, making connections with the outside to front and back. The detailing is deliberately sparse, speaking of an honesty and straightforwardness that matches the food on offer and the ethos of the business. From a small shop they have created a place where anyone can come, relax and enjoy the adventure of fantastic food. 

The recipe is a success, as the business continues to thrive, despite a big-name supermarket moving in nearby. Drew and Nicky want everyone to enjoy what they offer, so why not visit this very special place to sample some exciting new flavours?

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