Last week I took Flinn and Hudson along to lunch with Mum and Dad at Castle Ashby Deli. I had been once before so I knew I was in for a bit of a treat!
where is it?…
Castle Ashby Deli is located in Castle Ashby Rural Shopping Yard in yep, Castle Ashby! It is a small selection of shops selling items such as gifts and homewares, shoes and a beauty salon. There are around 10 parking spaces within the shopping area itself and about 4 in the overflow car park. However, there is a larger car park just down the lane that I have never had trouble finding a space in.
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The Deli alone is worth a visit to the Shopping Yard. It is a treasure trove of local produce including cheese, cold meats, jams, chutneys, sweets, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and so much more. The deli counter is divine with freshly made cannoli, tarts and slices. Plus spread around the shop itself are treats such as large meringues and flavoured kinds of vinegar to try.
When you enter the deli, to your right is a small seating area where you can enjoy some of the food. There is plenty to choose from on the menu including the delights from the deli counter. There are items such as bacon sandwiches, scotch eggs, pastries and hot meals such as lasagna or chicken curry.
Mum and I had previously had the scotch egg and knew that was amazing. However, in the spirit of trying something new we opted for the tapas-style lunch where we chose 3 dishes to share. We got the Wolff Evans scotch eggs, of course, the Gnocchi with blue cheese, mascarpone, spinach and walnuts plus the mushrooms cooked with cream and brandy on sourdough toast. I explained to the owner Helen, that my kids are fussy eaters and needed something simple, so she happily whipped up a cheese sandwich with some crisps on the side.
is it kid-friendly?…
Talking of the kids, the seating area of the deli is small – only around 5 tables. The shop area is full of carefully presented, delicate items, so it is not an area for children to run around in at all. However, there is a shelf of a few toys and when our table was ready for us, Helen had provided each of the boys with a large pad of paper to draw on and some colouring pencils.
conclusion of Castle Ashby Deli…
The whole experience at Castle Ashby Deli was a delight. You can tell Helen really loves what she does and goes out of her way to make each of you feel special. There is no problem in asking for any special requirements to be met as Helen is happy to help in any way possible. I often feel like a deli can be a bit posh and pompous but here I was totally relaxed, even with the kids who were just as welcome. My only regret from my visit was not buying the amazing cannoli as I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since!
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