In the mix New deli serves up dif­fer­ent taste to High Street

Gloucestershire Echo - - IN BRIEF - Made­laine RICHARDS & Zasha WHITEWAY-WILKIN­SON gloslive­[email protected]­

AFAMILY-OWNED deli has taken over the space left by a much-loved restu­ar­ant. In March, Falafel King shut up shop ‘be­cause rent is too high’ and the venue seems to have been empty ever since.

How­ever, the man­ager of the Here­ford store ex­plained that he hoped the venue wouldn’t be closed for good.

And over the last few weeks things have changed.

The site has in fact been taken over by Wil­liam and Deb­o­rah Horn who have opened The Gourmet Deli Com­pany.

The shop is a fam­ily-run ‘bak­ery, cafe, cof­fee shop, gro­cers and deli all in one.’

Wil­liam, 60, and Deb­o­rah, 63 said: “We’re go­ing to be a fam­ily run deli, it is

owned by us but our daugh­ter will be in­volved too. Her sons, two and four, will also grow up with the deli in their lives.” Although this will be the fam­ily’s first busi­ness open­ing, they pre­vi­ously ran The Mill Inn in Withing­ton. They said: “We will have a hot and cold menu here. Although the menu will be pre­dom­i­nantly based around the deli, we will also have hot meals like the chicken and chips and sausage and chips.” Orig­i­nally hail­ing from South Africa, Wil­liam and Deb­o­rah went on to ex­plain that they hope to bring some of the recipes they ‘know and love to the deli.’

The cou­ple ex­plained that they are sourc­ing all of their in­gre­di­ents lo­cally - in­clud­ing honey, deli cuts and meat. part of the ‘mass mar­ket.’” Speak­ing of their ex­cite­ment for the open­ing they said: “We’re hop­ing to of­fer Chel­tenham a very much earthy, not nec­es­sar­ily an or­ganic en­vi­ron­ment, but homely and away from the mass mar­ket.

“We’re very busy sort­ing ev­ery­thing out and deal­ing with the sup­pli­ers at the mo­ment, but it’s very ex­cit­ing.”

Deb­o­rah and Wil­liam Horn

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