Royal Burgh baker Shona Grieve has set her sights on reopening The Selkirk Deli in November.
“I’m thrilled to bits Shona’s taking it over. She’ll restore the deli to how it used to be,” owner Viv Ross told The Wee Paper.
Souters will be delighted Shona is returning to her popular home-baking, like carrot cakes, gluten-free shortbread, lemon drizzle cake and coconut snowballs, served in her deli beside coffee, light lunches, home-made soup, sandwiches, pate and oatcake platters, and takeaway rolls, plus a range of cheeses, charcuterie and preserves.
Shona explained: “I’m sourcing products at the moment. I’d like to use local suppliers, like the Ettrick Valley Smokehouse. It’s just going to be a case of trying new things, and getting it back to how Viv had the deli. The name will stay the same: The Selkirk Deli.”
Shona ran her High Street bakery until three years ago, when she decided to take a break.
She told us:“I’d always baked from home, and then the orders got too big for the house, so we moved to the bakery on the High Street. I’d actually created a monster, supplying 16 or 17 outlets. It was a pity I had to close, but it just got too much. I was going in at six in the morning, and promising my husband I’d be back for four in the afternoon, but I’d still be there at seven at night.
“I don’t want to be baking non-stop again. I’m really wanting to do the deli so I can have the odd day off, and someone can look after the place.”
Shona’s family will be helping out too.
“I’m most looking forward to meeting the public again, people coming to see me, having a chat and getting the business off the ground again. Selkirk can only get better now,” she said.
Viv and her helpers are working hard to get the deli premises shipshape for opening at the beginning of November.