Braunton based delicatessen and cafe have created a Devon Christmas cream tea hamper which celebrates local suppliers in the county.
Fine Foods of Braunton have added a festive treat box to their collection of hampers as a way to spread some Christmas cheer.
Husband and wife duo Amanda and Peter Bromley moved from Gloucestershire to Devon three years ago and set up their delicatessen, charcuterie and cafe, selling products from small independent producers from Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.
Currently, they have we have roughly 60 suppliers in their shop from all over the South West, ranging from cheeses, pasties, quiches, all local jams, chutney and a range of local alcohol such as gins, rums and wines.
Amanda said: “We’ve always done some hampers which we make up here in the shop, we have about 37 different hampers all with different variations on the inside, they range from around £12 and go up to about £100.”
“When we went into the first lockdown we closed up and then when we reopened we started doing Devonshire Cream tea boxes which we deliver locally free of charge, or people can come into the shop and pick up if they want.”
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However, as Christmas is slowly approaching with some us already getting the decks out of the loft and hanging up our stockings, Fine Foods of Braunton decided to get into the seasonal spirit.
“We decided to expand and do a Christmas theme which will include 2 mince pies, a slice of Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and clotted cream. Anyone in the UK can get one the next day as we now have a courier.
“Since June we’ve sent between 500-600 cream tea boxes out. We had two go out yesterday and have 19 going out today (November 17).”
The food in the box is all from local suppliers with the Mince Pies and Christmas cake from Reeds Bakery in Chivenor, Christmas Pudding from Georgie Porgie’s Puddings and the clotted cream from Langage Clotted Cream in Plymouth.
They do a wide range of hampers such as a cheese hamper, light graze boxes and even a tapas treat box which include delicious foods which include hummus, scotch eggs, olives, parma ham, cheeses and grapes.
Amanda said that a woman who is selling her Christmas cards have 100% of the profits going to the Love Braunton charity, another person who makes gift bags also have proceedings going to charity.
Most recently, There was a handmade Poppy Wreath Raffle which raised £137 and all money went to the Royal British Legion.
“We like to do other things for the community as well and support businesses, we have a notice board in our shop that we let people use for free advertising and recommend them from word of mouth.
“We’re all about the community and trying to help people whilst still having a business.”