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Delilah Fine Foods

Delilah Fine Foods is a past holder of the title of Britain’s Best Deli and Good Food Guide Local Gem of the Year 2015. Most delis are small, unassuming places but Delilah, run by Sangita Tryner, is located in an ex-bank in central Leicester and is impressively spacious. It has a sister outlet in Nottingham.

In addition to the shop’s many shelves and chillers containing the world’s finest foods, including more than 150 cheeses, Delilah has seats where people can relax and order cold platters, sandwiches, breakfasts and more, all washed down with top-quality wines, beers and coffees. While enjoying their food and drink, customers will undoubtedly admire the view from the mezzanine level down to the rest of the deli.

Delilah is a place that Leicester – and the wider region – can be proud of, in the same league as famous deli-cafes such as Valvona & Crolla in Edinburgh and Villandry in London.

Sangita, who launched Delilah in 2006, says: “Our staff are the main reason for our success and certainly the reason why we won Deli of the Year. They develop a rapport with customers and introduce them to the products we absolutely love.” But what about the name? Why Delilah? “It’s from the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah,” says Sangita. “The story is about temptation, which sums up Delilah Fine Foods. Also, I’m from Wales, so Tom Jones might have something to do with it!”

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4 St Martins, Leicester, LE1 5DB
0116 296 3554

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  1. Pritesh says:
    Amazing Brunch I have been to Delilah in Leicester a few times and can't fault their quality. My favourite dish still has to be the Delilah Brunch which does the job everytime. The staff are also knowledgeable and have suggested some nice cheeses and salamis that I would like.
  2. Cressida Stanley-Williams says:
    Lovely, lovely deli! So pleased we were able to go here finally. It all looked so tempting and lots of opportunity to try a sample before you buy. The menu looked so good that we decided to stay for lunch and tried their speciality fondue with vegetables. Whilst I found it a touch 'winey' I still enjoyed it and my wife thought it was lovely. I also had a great local beer. We will definitely be back, it's an asset to the city.
  3. Alexandra Gillham says:
    Just what the city needsI adored my experience at Delilah's so much I visited twice during a recent trip to Leicester. The range is incredibly impressive, from locally sourced freshly baked bread to condiments I didn't even know existed (hot banana pickle, anyone?). The real fun is in the samples - hunks of fresh bread to dip into exotic vinegars and oils and delectable chunks of cheeses are served up by the friendly, knowledgeable staff. I left with a good bottle of organic wine for the evening, then visited for lunch the following day. I had duck rillettes for the first time, served on thick toasted sourdough with plum chutney and melted Swiss cheese. I shared a side of polenta chips with smoked garlic mayonnaise with my friend - all of it was divine, one of the best lunches I have had in Leicester. With Leicester's recent increased exposure, Delilah's Fine Foods is just what the city needs - perfectly located for visitors to the new 'tourism quater', I hope the good word spreads!

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