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May 28, 2016

Although I love cooking and baking sometimes it’s lovely to know you can go to somewhere reliable and buy some “real” food that you can just throw together for a relaxed treat.

When we want to do that our favourite destination is Chorlton. I first enjoyed bread from the Barbakan through our Northern Harvest farm shop delivery. The bakery and deli has been established for 50 years and has recently undergone a refurb to incorporate some indoor seating. Whatever the weather though the outdoor covered verandah is a great place to sit and people watch while enjoying your meal or just a coffee and luscious pastry. On Saturdays you can also choose from the outdoor sausage barbecue.

The staff at the Barbakan are all so helpful too – while in the queue today the little boy in front being carried by his daddy was given a bagel and a sample of sausage to keep him cheerful while waiting you don’t get that in a chain store!

We enjoyed coffee and apple strudel this morning with the added treats of canolli that we’ve never eaten before – very sweet little Italian pastries!

Cannoli treats

Cannoli treats

Then I returned into the deli and came away with olives, tuna salad, Parma ham, pork pie and olive scones.

We love the Unicorn Co-operative – as much as possible all the fresh produce is sourced as locally as possible and clearly displayed where it’s from. All the dried goods are bought in bulk and then they bag them up for onward sale and savings for the customers. It’s a brilliant concept.

Love this concept

Love this concept

The fresh produce is great but it’s also great for rice, pulses, nuts, dried fruits, tinned and bottled too – all organic!

There’s a good choice of vegetarian savoury products and salads on the deli and they are hoping to produce more ready packed choices from here in the chilled counters soon.

So we’re all stocked up again and just wish we had a co-operative like this in Macclesfield.

Great idea next to the play area

Great idea next to the play area


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