Time for Tea
Time for Tea September 2017

While we might be known as the home to the ‘Best Coffee on the Coast’, we also serve a pretty mean cup of tea and we think that tea is fast returning to its number one spot as the UK’s favourite beverage.

The UK may be groaning under the weight of coffee bars and coffee carts, offering everything from mocha lattes to piccolos but the real trendsetter at the moment is the UK’s perennial favourite – the cup of tea.

This is not tea as your grandparents knew it. Although ‘builders’ is still very much on the menu, these days tea comes in all flavours and colours and each with its own associated health benefits. There are teas for calming, soothing, invigorating, relaxing, nurturing and healing. Teas are green, white, red and black and there are more than 165 million cups of tea consumed every day in the UK.

So why are we so in love with the humble cuppa?



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The Story behind Black Shuck
The story behind Black Shuck August 2017

We recently took delivery of a real summer treat, some limited edition Black Shuck Blush Gin. While this beautiful pink gin is a real summer delight, we have been stocking Black Shuck’s Gins for a while now and, we can testify to both its popularity and its fabulous taste.

So we thought we would share the Black Shuck success story with you.

The Black Shuck Gin story began during the Summer of 2011, when Patrick and Sarah Saunders, together with their children Leanne, Nicola and William, had a dream to start their own business.  The original aim was to have a family project which could supplement their pensions in the years to come.  Little did they know that six years later both Sarah and Patrick would be working on the business full time.


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A Brief History of Chocolate
A Brief history of Chocolate July 2017

To keep up-to-date with all that is taking place in the world of food, drink, design and fashion, we often take ourselves off to the various fairs and trade shows that take place around the UK throughout the year.

One of the best shows we have been to recently is the Harrogate Food Show, in Yorkshire. Denise and Gemma travelled up to the show and discovered some great new items for our deli and market. Not to mention, some of the ingredients and ideas that will soon be making an appearance on the menu.

One of the highlights of the visit was a chance meeting with James Cadbury, the founder of Love Cocoa https://www.facebook.com/onelovecocoa/. James has his roots firmly in the UK’s great chocolate making heritage - his great, great, great grandfather was the founder of Cadbury’s chocolate. It is no surprise that Love Cocoa has found its way onto our shelves and into Gemma’s Mocha, Walnut Viennese Whirls and it seems obvious that James’ ability to create wonderful chocolate has its roots in a 200-year-old family tradition.

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Alfresco Dining in Deli Style
Alfresco dining in Deli style June 2017

Summer is here and it is festival time. Whether it is a huge, three-day musical extravaganza or a orchestral recital under the stars in the grounds of one of our stately homes, outdoor festivals have become an absolute must on the yearly calendar.

Here at Thornham Deli, we don’t think any festival is complete without an accompanying picnic.

And, because we love festivals and picnics, we understand just what it takes to turn alfresco dining into a smorgasbord of foodie delights. Picnickers want easy-to-eat, delicious food; plenty of choice to suit everyone’s taste buds; a good selection of both savoury and sweet foods and some delicious drink – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic – to wash it all down.

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