All posts tagged: independent

Shop Local, Support Local

The Chopping Block About Us

You’ve probably heard the £5 message a lot over the past couple of years…

If every adult in the UK spent £5 each week in their local shops and businesses (instead of online, at the supermarket or with big multinationals), it would be worth £13.5 billion going directly back into our towns.Read more

Keeping It Simple

“What was the best thing you ate during lock-down?”

This is my new favourite question.
During lock-down I think we all, even those of us who are culinarily challenged, cooked something we normally wouldn’t. And let’s be honest, what else did we have to look forward to if it wasn’t seeing if that Banana Bread would actually rise (even though it was cobbled together with random bits of flour from the back of the cupboard)?
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Family, Friends & Food

 

We’ve all seen those end of the world films… a meteor is on it’s 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 take-away 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!

1 year.

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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We’re 6 Months Old!

6-months-old

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