Family, Friends & Food

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We’ve all seen those end of the world films… a meteor is on its way, Bruce Willis has failed to blow it up and the people are having full-blown End of Days parties in the streets. 

In March, when I picked up my last takeaway for 3 months (The Courtyard in Penrith – I can’t recommend them enough) there was a strange vibe in town.Read more

It’s our Birthday!

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One whole year to the day since we flung open our doors and found ourselves at the sharp end.

A year of laughter, hard work, an obscene amount of Cumberland sausages and a hell of a learning curve.

It’s a cliché, but if you’d have told me what we’d be facing in our first 12 months, I would’ve definitely paused a little longer before opening those doors.Read more

Our Chopping Block Family

Two weeks ago today marked 9 months since we opened our doors. It wasn’t quite the celebratory mood for us, with growing uncertainty around Covid-19 and social distancing coming into place.

Luckily, we’ve been inundated with the most wonderful messages of support and thanks and, with the mornings a little brighter and blossoms beginning to burst, we’re feeling pretty positive about the future.

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Sustainability at The Chopping Block

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As a young family business, every day we work hard to be as sustainable as possible, but in the New Year something happened that made us re-evaluate everything we do, specifically in regards to sustainability.

We were cosied on the sofa one night watching David Attenborough’s latest documentary series, Our Planet.Read more

Our Top Foodie Spots

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It’ll be no surprise to you that we absolutely adore food and drink.
When we’re deciding what treats to fill our shop with, we have a very simple rule – do we love it? If we don’t like it, it won’t be in the shop.Read more

Pasta, My Everlasting Love

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I think pasta has a bad reputation in the UK and it breaks my heart.
We’ve all eaten those sad Tuna Pasta Bakes with far too little sauce and far too much rubbery cheddar on the top, or that mass produced Mac’n’Cheese which tastes only of flour.Read more

We’re 6 Months Old!

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There’s a little corner shop in New Squares that, about 7 months ago, had builders, plasters and plumbers coming and going all day long. Some pretty big fridges were carefully squeezed through the front doors. A fancy till system and some hefty looking counter tops made an appearance and the biggest cheese delivery we’d ever seen (well, the biggest cheese delivery we’d seen until this week).Read more

A Drama Free Christmas

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Christmas Day is barrelling towards us at a terrifying pace, so we asked our family and friends for their top tips to help you get organised and arrive at your Christmas table with festive cheer aplenty and as little drama as possible.Read more

Build Your Own Christmas Hamper

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Nothing says Christmas like a hamper overflowing with decadent luxuries you’d never think twice about buying at any other time of year. They’re a festive tradition for many of us, but hampers filled with the best seasonal goodies don’t always come in cheap.Read more