Cottingham & Middleton Village Store & Café
Cottingham & Middleton Village Store & Café reopened in 2011 after more than five years of being boarded-up. Now a co-operative owned by over 100 villagers, the shop has been given a new lease of life thanks to its championing of local artisan produce.
Twice a week dozens of villagers pick up their orders of bread, muffins, savoury tarts and cakes from Hambleton Bakery, named Britain’s Best Bakery by ITV. Head baker Julian Carter won 2013’s Baker of the Year title, too. The artisan breads, tarts and cakes are made in the bakery at Exton, Rutland, using traditional, unhurried methods.
The shop’s pork products come from Grasmere Farm at Deeping St James, Lincolnshire, and include bacon, sausages and oak-smoked salami from the farm’s outdoor-bred pigs.
Providing villagers with a tasty and easy supper, Brockleby’s Pies are popular from the chiller and the freezer – there are game pies, venison, beef and salmon varieties. All are made on farms in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
Artisan cheeses are supplied by Stamford Cheese Cellar and include Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire, Sparkenhoe Red Leicester, Sharpham Brie, Parmesan and many more.
The shop also sells fresh fruit and vegetables from Leicester Market, while the café provides a lovely environment for a tea, coffee and cake.