This week in the Village Shop

It’s been a busy week in the Village Shop and here are a few highlights for your information:

Kingscliffe Bread

Kingscliffe announced a rather excessive price increase (some might say) which to be honest took us by surprise. As you know, the bakery price their own bread. It has nothing to do with the Shop. Coupled with that, we saw a rationalisation of their product range. Instead of offering medium and thick sliced bread, Kingscliffe now only offers one thickness and it is more thick than medium.

We know that many of our customers are disappointed, as we are, and we have been working tirelessly to try and find alternatives. The difficulty for the Village Shop is finding a supplier who will deliver small quantities on a daily basis. When speaking to another “local” bakery, they confirmed that they were also facing extortionate price increase in key ingredients, some as much as 100 per cent. These price increases will not have filtered through to the major supermarkets yet as they will most certainly be tied into supplier price contracts, but it will happen.

Our best seller is the multiseed tin, which so far, we have been unable to find a suitable alternative. An uncut loaf is an option but please bear with us with this one. We would be pleased to receive feedback from regular multiseed purchasers. But in the meantime, we will continue our search…

Prices Down on the Farm!

On a positive note, Lutton Farm has reduced the price of soft fruit which has enabled us to pass these prices reductions on to our customers. 1st grade strawberries and raspberries are now £2.50 a punnet and we now have blueberries at the same price.

BBQ Season has finally arrived!

With the glorious weather looking set to continue into next week, we will be increasing our range of BBQ meats from Grasmere and Warmington Chops. Keep an eye out on the chiller, where you will be able to find sausages, burgers, steak, marinated meats to name but a few. If you run short of bbq tools, we can supply coals, firelighters and lighter fluid.

Celebrity (relation) Rocks Up in Titchmarsh

Slight excitement last Thursday when a distant relative of Alan Titchmarsh visited the Village Shop, more by luck than a planned visit, he saw our new sign on the A605. Anyway, he was delighted to purchase many of our local Titchmarsh branded items.

Still Struggling with NVB Beer Supplies

We managed tp secure a small supply of NVB this week, but will probably fall short of quenching the thirst of our Titchmarsh beer lovers in this glorious weather. We have reached out again to Weldon Brewery in the hope of getting more supplies from them. Ironically, we had a visit from an Oakham brewery last week, who make a beer formerly known as Ruddle County. Early discussions are in place but this brewery are keen to work with us and may be able to fill the gap.
Watch this space….

Finally, our ice cream freezer is bulging, so why not pop down to the Village Shop and cool off with a delicious ice cream or relax in our lovely tea garden (sun or shade) with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Have a good week.

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