We are an independent deli and café in the heart of Clifton Village, Bristol. Our deli fridges and shelves are bursting with a huge range of goodies, many of which are made in our own deli kitchen. Bristol and the surrounding West-Country are a foodie’s paradise – there is so much fantastic home-grown and home-made produce on offer. We love nothing more than discovering and meeting new local food producers who create fabulous produce, only otherwise available at local farmer’s markets and small independents. We work hard at building relationships with these small suppliers, bringing their products to our deli customers. More information about our products and suppliers can be found on our Products Page.
Clifton, and within this Clifton Village, is a beautiful part of Bristol with a rich history and we feel proud and privileged to be part of it. Evidence suggests that people have been living in the Clifton area since 350BC – earlier than the existence of Bristol itself – and it was later recorded as ‘Clistone’ in the Doomsday Book (denoting a ‘hillside settlement’).
Clifton is home to some of Bristol’s most iconic attractions, including The Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo and The Observatory. It is known for its gorgeous Georgian and Regency architecture and over the years has been home to a variety of personalities, including: Peter O’Toole, Tom Stoppard and restaurateur Keith Floyd.
As well as beautiful residential homes and attractions, Clifton Village boasts a fabulous mix of shops (boutiques, interior design, jewellery, antique & gift to name a few), delis, cafés, pubs and restaurants – most of which are independent. It will soon be home to the first “Ivy” restaurant outside of London (in fact this is opening opposite The Mall Deli). It is a wonderful place to wander around. Lots more information about the Village can be found on the Discover Clifton website.
History of The Mall Deli
In one guise or another The Mall Deli has been part of the Clifton Village community for about 30 years. During this time it has moved location along The Mall, and for some time was connected to The Butcher’s next door via an archway. Previous owners opened up the deli space to make room for our very popular café area at the back.
A few years ago, Kate took over the deli and since then has worked hard with the rest of the deli team to grow the deli and café into the busy shop that it now is.
Kate took over the deli in 2010. Born and bred in Bristol, she returned after nearly a decade in London, much of which was spent as a tax lawyer in Canary Wharf. Having shopped at the deli with her Mum as a child (albeit it was in a slightly different state!), Kate was thrilled to have the opportunity to take over a business that had played such a long-standing role within Clifton Village. She has loved evolving the product range, the role of the deli kitchen within the deli, and engaging with our wonderful customers, many of which are staunch regulars.
We are very lucky to have a fabulous deli and kitchen team. Our manager Lexie, and our chef Eve, work really hard to ensure that we have a wide variety of fresh home-made food every day, and that we keep our deli stocked up with wonderful goodies. Our café and Barista team include Dan, Jamie, Joe & Matyas. They are all on first name terms with many of our regulars, and luckily thrive in a busy café. They manage to make the finest coffees from behind what is possibly the smallest coffee pod in the country, as well as serving our café customers with lots of deli delights.
Of course all our team are vital to ensuring that our customers have the best possible deli experience with us. There are nearly 20 team members now, all of whom are passionate about locally sourced, fantastic quality produce, and who enjoy building relationships with our customers and suppliers.
We have come a long way as a deli over the last few years; we are really proud of our history in the Village and are excited about our future. We will continue to grow, bringing lots of new products to our customers and playing our part in what is the very rich and varied landscape of the Clifton, and the Bristol food world.