THE Good Food Store in Lyme Regis has been given a complete revamp and is ready to welcome back customers as lockdown restrictions are eased.
Jackie and Andy Cawthorne bought the cafe and deli in Broad Street last June and carried out a complete refurbishment of the premises after their first summer season.
The couple were excited to show off the business’ new-look but, just as they reopened, the coronavirus outbreak struck the UK and they were forced to close the doors again.
Andy and Jackie will be working alongside their daughters, as well as part-time manager Diane Earle and familiar face behind the counter, Lewis Grattan. The team have used their time during lockdown to perfect their offering of locally-sourced, homemade food and drink.
They also offered bread deliveries during lockdown and have now reopened as a takeaway outlet, with customers able to eat in from Saturday, July 4.
New cheesemonger counter
Good Food launched its new cheese range on Saturday, which proved a hit with customers.
The deli will be offering a range of 20 local and organic cheeses, as well as some more unusual international products, vegetarian and vegan options.
The selection will be regularly changed and will fill a gap created by the closure of the popular Town Mill Cheesemonger in 2015, with former owner Justin Tunstall offering his expert advice to Jackie and Andy.
Alongside a range of local produce for sale in the deli, the cafe serves breakfasts with Good Food’s specialty bubble and squeak, traditional and artisan sandwiches made to order, bread from Leakers and Paul’s Bakery, Tom’s Pies, Chunk of Devon pasties and a menu of dishes made in house, including the popular Mediterranean quiche.
Freshly-roasted coffee is from The Coffee Factory, based at Seaton Junction, and a selection of plant-based smoothies and shakes have proved popular on warmer days.
Customers can takeaway or make the most of the recently-renovated interior and eat in from July 4. The refurbishment included uncovering an original fireplace and installation of customer toilets.
There will be fewer table and chairs than normal to meet social distancing guidelines and all other necessary measures are being followed for the staff and customer’s safety.