A child-free day, my first for several weeks, and I couldn’t wait to enjoy a lovely leisurely coffee at the newly opened Deli Kitchen cafe by Brewery Square in Dorchester. It’s only been open three weeks and already is building a great following from the local businesses and shoppers.
The Deli Kitchen is the brain-child of Liz Meradith and her husband Aidan. The interior is beautifully curated with a rustic, industrial feel with many elements made by them and their family.
The Deli Kitchen stands out in this area of Dorchester, providing a regularly changing menu of homemade, locally sourced foods. Most interestingly there are enticing platters to choose from – meat, fish or vegetarian – and a lovely counter of ‘salad-box’ options, as well as sandwiches, and almost everything has a gluten-free option.
Liz has taken great care to find great local suppliers and she’s constantly looking for more. So far they stock the following brands – either for sale in the Deli, or used in their ingredients; Baboo Gelato, Mrs B’s Kombucha, The Dorset Dairy Co, Dorset Nectar, Liberty Fields, Mere Park Creamery, Chesil Smokery, Dorset Spice Shed, A Jar Of … and I’m sure there are more!
Liz has plans to widen the scope of the business soon; there is an alcohol licence pending which would enable them to provide local craft beers and ciders alongside the meals, there are plans for outside and office catering and even the idea of a Deli Kitchen van making rounds in town to deliver lunches to the offices.
Its a thoroughly lovely cafe with a great atmosphere, delicious local foods on the menu and really passionate owners.