Italian flavour to reopened deli

Selkirk Deli under new management. L-r, Gigi Cancedda, Shona Grieve (manageress), Connall Grieve and owner Vivian Ross.
Selkirk Deli under new management. L-r, Gigi Cancedda, Shona Grieve (manageress), Connall Grieve and owner Vivian Ross.
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Renowned Selkirk baker Shona Grieve reopened The Selkirk Deli in the town’s High Street yesterday morning.

Starting out with a well-stocked delicatessen, Shona will also be offering soups, sandwiches and homebaking, with plans to also offer pasta dishes – a particular love of hers – as the business grows.

Shona told us yesterday: “We are trying to build up the deli again – we have some lovely olives, nice Italian cheeses, pates, meats, special jams, and this afternoon Savour the Flavour from near Hawick are bringing in homemade quiches and breads.

“I hope it will be somewhere nice for local people.”

She is also offering salad bowls, Ploughman’s lunches, ‘Gigi’s Italian Platter’ (Italian cured meats, cheeses and antipasta), pate and deli counter cheese, chutneys, charcuterie and preserves, as well as tea, Brodies coffee, scones and her famous homebaking.

Friend and chef Gigi Cancedda, from Sardinia, who trained in Italy and has lived in Selkirk for five years, is working with Shona, along with her 18-year-old son, Connall, who has been working at the town’s County Hotel.

Shona, 52, of Chapel Street, trained at the former Henderson College in Hawick and is best known for her Cakes by Shona which she started at home before expanding into the High Street, eventually supplying 16 outlets, and closing three years ago.

“It got too much, I’d created a monster!” she said.

Provisional deli opening hours are 8.30am to 5pm. And premises owner Viv Ross said: “The deli looks beautiful, the food looks beautiful – I’m sure Shona is going to make a terrific job of it and I hope everybody supports her.”