The Farm Deli in Hugh Town has unveiled a new look for the summer season. 

The Hugh Town business has temporarily removed its cafe and increased its retail offering in response to feedback from visitors and locals about what they would like to be able to buy on Scilly. 


Manager Ben Robbins explained that are many places to have tea or coffee in the summer but most are closed in winter, so the cafe will return in September to cater for that need. He said: "what St Mary's really needs in the summer is another larger food shop".


Ben recently returned from the Farm Shop and Delicatessen Expo at the NEC, which showcased the work of artisan producers across the world.  


He said: "The good thing about that is that a lot of those products aren't available in major supermarkets so where visitors might come here expecting that they might not be able to get some of the things they're used to at home, they will be able to get that now and also lots of things they may never have seen before.


"We've got some really exciting new stuff. There's fresh fish, bread, a new range of crockery, chopping boards etc. We've extended lots of ranges that we already had, so there's more stuff for baking and more gluten-free products. We've added a lot of ideas for quick easy meals if you want something nice but don't want to spend ages cooking. There will also be a tasting station with daily samples."


Everything that was previously on the eat-in menu will still be available to take away, while any produce customers request that is not stocked by the deli can be ordered in. 


Ben added: "It's not finished yet, there's lots more to come in in the next two weeks. Come in and say ‘hi’ and let us know what you think!"

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