For several weeks this summer I’ve been watching some happy shoppers sit at tables outside Delicacy Deli Chipping Norton, the interesting delicatessen sandwiched awkwardly on the street corner in Chipping Norton’s Market Square, enjoying a hot cuppa and some delectable looking grub from my office window at Twelve PR. So mustering my fellow office guinea pigs, the three of us, Rachael, Helena and I, took up residence to enjoy our lunch break. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t get our act together earlier enough in the year and the weather was miserable, so we headed inside.
Delicacy has great quirky interior, it’s small space is maxed out with shelves heaving under the burden of produce – over 1000 different products in total I’m told by the owner, Liz Hogarty and Jon Squires. A supporter of quality and local produce, you can buy everything from Italian amaretti biscuits, South Devon Chilli Farm chutney and posh roasted coffee beans. They also had the largest collection of Emma Bridgwater pottery outside Stoke-On-Trent.
And even amongst all this, the team have still packed in three or four tables for punters, although it’s a little bit of a squeeze. It’s also difficult to work out what’s on offer, the chalkboard menu is crammed full and there’s practically every baguette filling on offer. If you don’t like the look of any of the made up rolls just ask behind the counter. Our charcuterie board arrived filled with delicious olives, fresh warm crusty baguette and thin layers of prosciutto. It was a good lunch. So good in fact, I returned next week for a buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil baguette, which definitely made it into my top three all time best sandwiches ever.