Posted 9th February 2010
Arch House Deli
Arch House, Boyces Avenue
t: 0117 974 1166
For foodie’s trying to support local producers, shopping can be a challenge. Supermarkets are filled with imported goods and even delicatessens’ don’t guarantee locally sourced goods. Which is why I was overjoyed to visit the Arch House Deli and do some real investigating into what they have on offer and, more importantly, where it comes from!
With new owners who took the Deli on in November 2009 they have certainly been busy with the Christmas season however have a whole host of new ideas on food they can supply which is not just British – but sourced from our local area including Somerset, Bristol and Dorset. I was delighted to discover that the chocolate and the chutneys they have on offer are provided by people local to Clifton and that Cider and Ales are sourced locally from Somerset.
Certainly one of the larger Delis in the area, the Arch House shelves are bursting with variety and the counters are filled with a fabulous selection of cheeses, cured meats, salads, confectionary and cakes. With a café out back you can even treat yourself to Tea and Cake whilst shopping and sample some of their delights on site.
Aside from their local-is-best morality, the Arch House Deli’s new owners are wonderfully originative and I get the impression that they are keen for the deli to be so much more than just a shop. Keen foodie’s can keep up to date with “Cheese of The Month” one of the fifty artisan cheeses stocked in the Cheese Counter. The deli is even holding workshops, the first of their Chocolate Workshops is to be held on 27th January following the success of in-shop chocolate demonstrations throughout December, taught by Frances Cooley from Clifton Cakes.
Arch House is somewhere which I had walked past many times and whist it’s only recently that I ventured inside I am certainly glad that I did and am looking forward tom paying the deli more visits, much more regularly.