The Farm Deli in Hugh Town will not bring back its cafe this month as originally planned, opting instead for a winter takeaway and retail range.
NO CAFE FOR FARM DELI OVER WINTER MONTHS
The cafe section was removed to make way for a greater retail offering at the end of May, with the intention of brining it back at the end of the summer.
However, manager Ben Robbins said that the deli will now go in a different direction, promising "affordable, easy winter meal options" for locals.
Ben said that he was impressed with the work the Islands' Partnership has done to extend the summer season. "With the retail lines we want to bring in for Christmas and visitors starting to arrive again in March, the winter season is shorter than ever. Looking at such a short potential period for the cafe, we thought we'd give our winter range a go instead."
New takeaway options will include "cauldrons of winter warming foods" such as chile and rice, stews, casseroles, hot pots and curries using Penninis Farm pork and beef. There will also be soup with homemade bread, pasties and quiche.
Looking ahead, Ben said: "We'll be making a much bigger deal of Christmas, with gifts and treats and a station for building your own hamper. We'll have lots of ribbons and wrapping paper so you can actually wrap your presents here."