From wonky veg to fakeaways, lockdown has transformed the way we shop, cook and eat. And with supermarket delivery slots rarer than hen’s teeth, there’s a strange sense of nostalgia as many of us now mirror shopping patterns more like those of our grandparents – ordering from local butchers, greengrocers and delicatessens.
What’s more, there is a deep sense of joy to be gained from filling a paper bag with mushrooms caked in mud or selecting a bottle of oil, or a bag of flour made by local artisan producers. The produce is fresh, local, and seasonal, and the taste – notably better.
It was exactly this joy of discovering local produce and the desire to share the best of what East Lothian and Scotland has to offer, which led 24-year-old Lucy Park to open the doors of her Gullane-based deli – The Storeroom – in December 2019. Lucy saw an opportunity to expand the range of the previous deli to include the best of East Lothian produce, encouraging customers to eat both locally and seasonally. At that time, she could not foresee what was just around the corner. Lucy says; “I only saw three months of trading before the first lockdown, yet the support of local customers has been amazing, and this has been key in my first year of business.”
It’s easy to see why the support is there. Walking through the door of The Storeroom, it’s evident that Lucy is both passionate and knowledgeable about what she sells. The best of local produce is showcased alongside artisan producers from across Scotland and the UK. East Lothian producers include; Black & Gold Oil, Mungoswells Flour, Spice Witch, Belhaven Smokehouse, Dunbar Community Bakery, Yester Farm Dairies, Brand Family home-reared pork and lamb and seasonal organic vegetables from local farms where possible. She works with Edinburgh Cheesemonger I.J.Mellis to offer a wide selection of artisan and farmhouse cheeses. And, with an exceptional eye for detail and merchandising, Lucy also stocks a range of kitchen accessories including ceramics and hand-crafted cheese and chopping boards.
With restaurants closed, people working from home and parents introducing baking into home-school curriculums, food has become far more central to family and home life. And with that in mind, The Storeroom offers gift hampers all year round. Whether it be a gift for the foodie in your life or a treat for a special occasion, customers can create gift hampers containing a stunning array of products from local producers and artisan suppliers. Plus, you can browse the selection of hampers and gifts on the newly launched website. For more bespoke options, the team at The Storeroom are always there to help.