Art Exhibition in our Café – Summer 2017
We are delighted to be showing works from local Wrington-based artist, Amy Shiner.
Amy grew up in beautiful Pembrokeshire in West Wales before moving to London to study Printed Textiles and Decorative Arts. Whilst living there she worked in Notting Hill for an interior design business as a consultant and teacher whilst also carrying out private commissions.
After a tour of Mexico, which she’d always dreamed of, her passion for colour and culture was unleashed and continues to dominate her work today. She is constantly inspired by colour, symbols, textures and patterns from various cultures, particularly Mexican, Indian and Moroccan.
Her paintings are various sizes although she does like to work in large format, and to use a range of media including Italian plaster, gold and silver leaf, acrylics and pigments. She enjoys experimenting with all of the above to create artwork richly layered with colour and texture to produce intense, vibrant and provocative images which capture the spirit of these cultures.
The prints hanging in our café are all available to buy and take away immediately.
More info on Amy and her wonderful works can be found at www.amyshiner.co.uk
British Charcuterie has become quite a force to be reckoned with. There are now several top quality producers in the South West alone, and given our passion for all things local and artisan, it seemed an obvious choice to move all our Charcuterie to being British. We now stock a great range of Salamis, Coppa ham & Braesola from two fabulous Cornish Producers, Deli Farm Charcuterie and Cornish Charcuterie. There are traditional flavours and also some interesting new ones – Black Olive Salami and Seaweed & Cider being two of the more unusual!
We are currently welcoming in a new era of pies at the Mall Deli. We have decided to stop selling our homemade pies in favour of the delicious offerings from Stroud based company Plenty Pies. Despite the popularity of our homemade pies, we decided to take the opportunity to make way for a new specialist producer, which we can assure you we wouldn’t do unless they were first class! Back in May we hesitantly ordered 12 pies from Plenty Pies and after extensive testing by all the staff we decided that these were the pies we wanted to represent the Mall Deli. We now have a weekly order of six times the original order, and due to increasing popularity we will probably have to increase this again soon!
We currently stock;
- Breton Chicken – a 2014 British Pie Awards Champion, this pie is a delicious mix of free range chicken, gammon, apples and local Severn Cider.
- Overnight Shin of Beef – beef simmered in red wine and roasted garlic, with root vegetables and thyme and finished with Madeira.
- Wild Boar and Chorizo – this Mall Deli staff favourite combines roasted red peppers, potato and onion in a sweet tomato sauce, and flavoured with smoked paprika, oregano and bay, with hints of dark chocolate.
- Smoked Salmon Parmentier – last but by no means least we have the 2015 gold winner of the British Pie Award. A mix of smoked salmon with sliced potatoes, spinach and haricot beans, finished with vermouth and parsley cream.
- Tuscan summer veg – Asparagus, broccoli, peas, broad, haricot & green beans in a pesto cream with fresh basi, mint & parsley.
All Plenty Pies use seasonal ingredients and the best free range meat. They only use natural flavourings and all fillings are prepared by hand, which are encased in the handmade shortcrust pasty cases. All the fillings are prepared by hand, peeling and chopping, smoking and roasting is all done by dedicated chefs, and the pie stock takes three days to make. They also freeze beautifully! We believe all of this dedication to perfection is obvious in the taste of these pies, which is why we chose them to replace our own. If you want any more information have a look at the Plenty Pies website by clicking on the link.
We are delighted to now stock three delicious iced teas from the lovely people at ChariTeas (LINK). Grace from ChariTea popped in to our deli a few weeks ago with some samples of their teas that they thought our lovely customers would enjoy. We selected three from their vast range that we now sell in the deli and café;
- ChariTea Green – a deliciously refreshing green tea infused with ginger.
- ChariTea Red – a fruity rooibos tea with passion fruit.
- Mate – a brewed iced mate tea with a splash of lemon and orange, a natural and earthy flavour.
All of the ingredients used in the ChariTea’s are ethically farmed and carry the fairtrade mark, and they only use the highest quality ingredients. ChariTea is an offshoot project of charity a.k.a HOPE, an organisation created to empower the community in Naguru, Uganda. This non-profit organisation works with vulnerable people in Uganda’s slum communities including; children who are refugees, victims of trafficking, orphaned or alternatively vulnerable. ChariTea offer invaluable services such as; education, food, medical assistance, and foster care. Their long term plan is to purchase land and build safe homes for all these children, and get them out of the slums.
We are very pleased and excited to be stocking these teas, not only because they are absolutely delicious and the perfect refreshment in this hot and muggy British summer, but also because by purchasing these teas we are all helping to improve the lives of vulnerable children in Uganda. 100% of the profits of the ChariTeas goes to the day to day costs of looking after these children in Uganda, so you can enjoy this tea not only for its delicious taste and health benefits, but also safe in the knowledge that it is ethically produced and positively helping people! Learn more about this fantastic organisation on the ChariTea website.