Charlbury town centre’s only food shop
Making lockdowns more liveable with some of the best coffee in the Cotswolds
May 2021, revised December 2021
Since the government relaxed emergency legislation, we’ve been offering a simple menu for breakfast and lunch as long as we’re sure we can do so without exposing our customers or staff to danger.
We’re still keeping our limit on the number of customers in the shop at a time, as well as spacing the tables to keep you safe. We’re still also selling coffee to take away, but please don’t bring recyclable cups yet, because we can’t fill them.
We continue to offer phone ordering, home deliveries and payments on account, with plenty of coffee, bread, milk and fruit & veg to help keep everyone healthy and safe.
We’re currently open from 8.30 to 4.30 pm, Monday to Saturday.
With Lynne’s home-made cakes to sourdough bread from Mark’s Cotswold Bakery, we really do have a great selection for you.
The heart of any Deli is of course, its Deli counter.
This is where we make our fabulous sandwiches, brew our coffee, slice our cooked meat and offer a great range of cheeses.
Our friends at Oxford Wine have chosen wine pairings with our cheese
Click to see our recommended cheese pairings
There’s always a range of locally-made savoury pies
We’re particularly proud of our local curers like Charlbury’s own Curiosities Company
And of the wine pairings Oxford Wine have suggested for their products
Our Cornbury Venison is nurtured just down the street
We’ve sharpened up our range of wine to offer more organic choices, more interesting grape varieties and new regions.
And we’ll knock 5% off all orders for 6 or more bottles.
It’s amazing how much gin is distilled near Charlbury. And there are some terrific liqueurs too
There’s an extraordinary range of beer and cider made round here. We’ve got gift packs from Hook Norton and Chadlington Breweries and from Somerset’s Bumble Bee Cider.
We’re not just Charlbury’s town cafe, its only cheese and cooked meat counter and its most interesting wine merchant.
The Deli’s always a great place for finding presents – whether it’s local food and drink, something from our local craft shows, or one of the special new food hampers we’ve created. And if you can’t you might find a gift voucher works.
We’re always adding new products you’d otherwise have to travel miles to find. And when we all go back to meetings and entertaining each other – you’d be amazed at the different types of events our catering has made special.
We try to feature ceramics by different local potters, some of which are for sale. Join our mailing list (see below) to be updated when new art is arriving.
We feature regularly changing local artists’ work on the walls of the Deli. Came and see who is showing their works, many of which you can buy.
Deli vouchers can provide a grandchild’s birthday party. Give a friend loose chocs for a month (or year). Let them choose a special wine. Provide the catering for your club’s events.
The choices are vast
Valentine’s Day specials. Straightforward yumminess like marc de champagne truffles. There’s always a Deli loose choc no-one can resist
No need to pay Fortnums for what they want to sell. Ask at the Deli and we’ll produce a beautiful hamper full of what your friend or relative really wants to have on their table
When we all had social lives, the Deli catered at more funerals and memorial services in Charlbury than anyone else. We helped out with artist’s private views, meetings – and any event where you needed food you’d rather not prepare yourself
There’s always new products arriving at the Deli. Here’s a list of what’s arrived since the beginning of 2020.
The Charlbury Deli used to be one of half a dozen food shops along the two streets – Sheep St and Market St – that, in 1990, were really Charlbury’s High Street.
In those days, there were 40-odd shops: from sweet shops to butchers. But in 1990, the food shops sold only cans and packets. Not what you’d call Good Food.
So about 60 Charlburians clubbed together, made themselves into a limited company, bought a shop no-one wanted and called it the Good Food Shop .
A few years later, there were fewer stores along the two streets, and a pretty decent, larger, Co-op on the edge of the town. So they changed the name to the Charlbury Deli & Cafe to give customers a reason for coming from the Co-op.
By 2017, the Co-op and nine other major grocery chains had hoovered up almost all the Charlbury food business. So 60 more shareholders helped finance the move to a far more prominent site on Market St.
Here we sell some of the best coffee in the Cotswolds – brewed in Charlbury from beans roasted by Oxford’s Missing Bean roastery.
We also sell delicious home-baked cakes: most mornings, our shop manager, Lynne Stubbles, is up early baking cakes. Like the team at our main sourdough bread supplier, Mark’s Cotswold Bakery, just outside Chipping Norton.
Overall, about 80% of what we sell comes from Oxfordshire suppliers: we’re fortunate to have some fabulous local food manufacturers on our doorstep. British isn’t always best of course: Standlake’s Oxford Wine Co travels the globe to choose really distinctive wine, and our customers swear by our delicious loose Belgian chocolates.
The Deli’s now owned by about 120 local shareholders. To learn more about how our shareholders have been an important part of our development programme, there’ll soon be a shareholder section.
If you want to find where and when we’re open, go to our Visit Us page
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We’re always adding new products or ideas. Here’s a link to what’s been added during 2020 Try our new salad boxes Kombuchas packed with taste` The Deli… Read more “What’s new?”
Two people who’ve become well-known in other walks of life have recently launched kombuchas that we’re now stocking at Charlbury Deli. Willy Chase is the man behind… Read more “Kombuchas packed with taste”
Our secluded back garden feels positively balmy on the kind of dry and sunny day the forecasters are promising for the next few weeks. And Briony Lawson’s put half a dozen… Read more “Briony Lawson’s exhibiting at the Deli. Inside and out”