About the deli
Opened by Tom Kitchin in 2012, the Deli is an eclectic haven for foodies, and serves as the larder for our kitchen. Our mission is to showcase the best independent food producers, creating a broad range with a particular focus on cheeses, charcuterie, craft beers and coffee. In short, everything you might need for a day at the river.Read More
“The deli, like the bookshop, is intelligently curated. So things Iberian come from the reliable Brindisa supplier, for instance, and organic meats from nearby Peelham Farm. There’s a well-tended cheese counter packing true diversity into a sensibly small selection.” Joanna Blythman, The Sunday HeraldClose
Cheese is at the heart of the deli. We seek out the best farmhouse and artisan cheeses from the UK and abroad. In the deli you’ll find lots of exciting treats to accompany a cheese board.
From traditional Italian salamis and Spanish chorizos, to hand carved jamon, we also enjoy championing the new breed of cured meats from local heroes, Peelham Farm and Hardiesmill.
We work closely with our wine suppliers to put together an unusual list of smaller producers you are unlikely to find in supermarkets. We are spoilt for choice with local beers and have fully embraced the current gin craze.
Every kitchen needs a well-stocked larder for those evenings when the fridge is empty. Our extensive range of store cupboard essentials includes Steenbergs spices, Chainbridge honey and Heatherslaw Corn Mill flour.
Our beautiful range of chocolate can be the perfect gift, especially when paired with the right book. We love Ocelot for their zany packaging and delicious flavours, and can’t resist the lure of Rococos’ mini bee bars.
Throughout the year we host food events, from cookery demos to wine & sherry evenings, not forgetting our annual Christmas Shopping Night with numerous suppliers in attendance. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear.
We stock around 40 cheeses, with a core of favourites, including Isle of Mull Cheddar and Colston Bassett Stilton from Neals Yard, and great locals, Lanark Blue and Bonnet Goats. On high days and holidays we celebrate with a whole Gorgonzola from The Fine Cheese Company – it runs off the plate and out the door.
Wedding Cheese Cakes have become increasingly popular. We would be delighted to help you design a fabulous selection for the big day.
The King of cheddars, this is Bill’s favourite cheese. Growing up in Somerset, he worked on Montgomery Farm in North Cadbury as a child. This area of the UK is a huge inspiration for sourcing products for the deli.
Goat + sheep
Our range of goat and sheeps’ cheeses is extensive and much sought after, by both cheese fans and those avoiding cows lactose. This photo shows a delicious selection from Mons Cheesemonger.
Harking back to Mainstreet’s history where, as Walter Ballantyne & Son, Grocers & Wine Merchants, the space was dominated by wine bins and whisky blending; we are building a new cellar.
This includes French wines from Bibendum, Spanish & Italian wine from Alliance, sherry from Gonzalez Byass, whisky from Springbank, gin from Lilliards, cider from Burrow Hill and craft beer from Tempest Brewing.
Many of our key suppliers may be familiar, from local farmers’ markets to the world famous Borough Market in London. We work closely with our suppliers, visiting them as often as possible.