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Mon 19 Nov 2012

New Deli & Home Shop at The Mainstreet Trading Company

The Mainstreet Trading Company, the award winning bookshop and café in St Boswells (Scottish Borders) is to open a Deli and Home store on Sunday 25th November.

Located in a rustic barn situated behind the existing shop, the new Deli and Home store brings owners Rosamund and Bill de la Hey one step closer to fulfilling their mission of creating a haven for book and food lovers and the destination shopping experience in the Borders

Who better to cut the ribbon than Scotland’s hottest Michelin-star chef, Tom Kitchin. His new book, Kitchin Suppers, is a superb collection of 80 recipes for the time-pressured cook. Making the most of fresh, seasonal produce, they are simple and fun to cook at home.

Bill and Rosamund are delighted that Tom is able to take time out from his very busy Edinburgh restaurant, The Kitchin, to launch Mainstreet Deli & Home and sign copies of his new book on 25th November.

Tom said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and I’m excited to be launching Mainstreet’s Deli, particularly as their menu incorporates fresh ingredients from the surrounding area - they seem to be as passionate as I am about using local, seasonal produce.

I firmly believe you can produce a healthy, seasonal, flavoursome dish in no time at all if you have the right ingredients and I hope my new book inspires people to do so.”

Mainstreet Deli will have a strong local focus, combined with international flavours from Spain and the Middle East, while also showcasing West Country cheeses (Bill grew up in Somerset). Bill will be working closely with local suppliers such as Julia Bruce (who makes many of the cafe’s mouth-watering cakes), Peelham Farm and Hardiesmill, to create a broad range of specialist foods with a particular focus on cheeses, cured and smoked meats, plus a range of food cooked on the premises. Nationally, Bill will be sourcing a delicious range of cheeses from suppliers such as Anthony Rowcliffe & Sons and I J Mellis, while internationally, he will be indulging a love of all things Spanish, working with Brindisa (
The Deli will also be offering a take away service to include anything from their signature Darlington’s coffee to everything you could need for a day at the river, or the perfect birthday cake.

Mainstreet Home will range contemporary homeware along with Diana Muir Antiques.
As with the food, Homeware has been sourced locally, nationally and internationally, focusing on the more unusual independent artisan suppliers such as A Farmer’s Daughter (, Glover and Smith (beautiful pewter spoons inspired by nature and Fenella Smith tablewear ( With a background in children’s publishing and having a young family herself, Rosamund is also keen to offer unusual gifts for children ranging from traditional wooden toys to raffia toy boxes made in Madagascar ( and beautiful bookplates from new supplier, Mac and Ninny ( .

Mainstreet is keen to showcase the beauty of paper, with a focus on stationery, gift wrap, cards and notebooks including the delightful aninotes range of flick books (, as well as offering their own bespoke gift wrapping service.

In beautiful surroundings with thoughtful attention to detail, complete with wood burning stove to ensure a warm welcome, a trip to the newly expanded Mainstreet Trading Company gives a whole new meaning to Christmas shopping this season.

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