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About Us

Ashburton Delicatessen on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon has recently changed hands and has reopened with a completely new look and lots of exciting and delicious new stock.

Mother and son team Sue and Robin Hudson had a very clear vision of how they wanted the shop to look and feel (whilst not losing the charm of the old building) and they are delighted with the results – as are their customers. “So many people have been thrilled and complimented us on how light and airy and pretty the shop now looks and their repeat shopping trips prove they like what we are selling too!” – says Sue. Robin has an artistic background and a great interest in design, so the colours, logo, staff uniforms and packaging were very important and have been very carefully thought out. Sue and Robin chose the artichoke logo as it is an unusual food related motif and it’s colours, soft green with a hint of purple, are echoed everywhere in the shop.

Also Robin is a chef, having trained initially at the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School near Cork and has worked at such prestigious restaurants as Bell’s Diner in Bristol, Gidleigh Park in Chagford and Riverford Field Kitchen near Totnes, so has a great interest in food and skill in preparing mouth-watering dishes for the shop add to the combination.

A neat open kitchen has been built at the back of the shop so customers can see and smell the wonderful soups, tarts, salads etc that Robin is cooking. This adds a bit of theatre to the shop and certainly whets the appetite! Sue and Robin felt this was a more interesting use of the space in the shop rather than adding a seating area (as so many delicatessens do these days) and it meant Robin could cook whilst still being very involved in the shop itself. 

Robin and Sue are passionate about the products they are now stocking and are constantly searching for new and unusual items to tempt their customers. They are particularly keen to showcase the wonderful products made locally – a fantastic range of local cheeses, provided by a specialist cheese supplier and producer who has his own cave to age some of the cheese, air-dried ham from Ottery St Mary in Devon, pate from Exmoor, delicious cakes from Exeter, award winning salamis from Delabole in Cornwall, locally smoked fish and meat, tea picked in Cornwall, Cornish goat’s milk chocolates, delicious pasties, sausage rolls made with caramelised onions and apricots all made locally – as well as a fine selection of the very best delicatessen products from all over the world.