There’s much more going on behind the doors of The Deli @ Pershore than one might first assume.
I first met Rachael and Craig just weeks after they opened the doors of the deli on Pershore’s high street. The couple are both from professional catering backgrounds and very quickly built a reputation locally with their first class event and corporate catering. Over the past few years we’ve had our own experience of hiring them for a variety of private events and meetings that we’ve hosted in the walled gardens, and we can’t recommend them highly enough. The business has grown from strength to strength, and saw an expansion in 2015 in the form of an additional coffee shop in the Civic Centre in Pershore (also open to the general public). The Main deli shop and sandwich bar, also had a recent refurbishment and extended into the premises next door.
A couple of months ago Mr R and I walked past the doors after dinner one evening and saw a notice in the window with details of a new café. We knew instantly that this was going to be great news for Pershore. With Rachael and / or Craig in the kitchen cooking fresh, homemade food for local shoppers and passers-by, this new venture was sure to be a recipe for success. Being shoppers ourselves one Saturday afternoon, we decided to pop in after the refurb had been complete to see how things were going. The café looked lovely (with furniture sourced and painted by Betty & Dukes furniture upcyclers in Pershore), and despite being late in the afternoon it was really busy – good news always travels fast.
Rachael was serving in the deli and café, so we had a catch-up and she gave us some menus to browse. I’ve included a copy of the lunch and children’s menu above (taken from The Deli @ Pershore’s Facebook page). There was also a specials board (we’re still smiling about the genius name ‘Flyford falafel’) on the wall next to the table we were seated at. Mr R ordered a Hunters espresso and a mandarin and Seville orange jigger. If you haven’t yet tried Fentimans soft drinks, they are a must. I had a Birchall green tea which came served in a beautiful floral teapot and teacup. The same design of crockery was for sale on the shelves next to us, should you be looking for Christmas gift inspiration.
We both chose from the specials board; I had my eye on the warming tomato & sweet chilli soup of the day, but were informed that it had just changed to mushroom which sounded equally as good to me. After hearing Rachael talk through the descriptions for each of the specials, Mr R opted for the ‘steak n sour’ which came as a perfectly cooked Sirloin steak with gherkins, red onion relish and mayo. All of the ingredients on the plate were fresh, tasty and of top quality. The side of seasoned fries also deserves a mention as it’s not often you find somewhere that can make great fries, and these were really great fries! My huge bowl of soup was definitely homemade, and full of texture, flavour and was very well seasoned. It also came with some thick slices of buttered granary bread for extra yumminess.
After our lunch, Mr R and I both agreed that this could be a regular Saturday lunch spot for us. The food and service were superb and with changing specials and at such good value there’s every reason to keep going back. We’ve also just discovered that the Deli @ Pershore now have an alcohol licence and are serving gin & tonics, selected beers and wines. On that note I must mention that the deli has an irresistible gin selection available to buy in the shop, with some unusual finds. Well done Rachael and Craig, your passion for what you do really shows and the new café is wonderfully deli-icious 🙂
Cost: £12.90 (food only)
2 lunch main courses
Pershore, Worcestershire, United Kingdom – last visited in November 2017
Food Hygiene rating – 5/5 good – last inspected 5th January 2017