What’s Cooking, the well-established delicatessen and food shop on Thame High Street, has completed a refurbishment and re-opened to the public on Wednesday 2nd March, offering more space, more choice and a new café.
As specialists in artisan produce, often locally sourced, What’s Cooking want to offer a greater choice to customers and provide a bigger showcase for local food producers. As Sally Dickinson and Tony Hazelton, directors, say: ‘We knew we needed more space and when the premises next door became available, we took the opportunity to add on a café and offer a greater range in a larger shop.
‘For some time, our loyal customers were asking for somewhere they could sit down and enjoy the food they were buying from us, and the new café is the answer. It’s open for breakfast, light lunches, coffee and tea from 7.30 am to 5 pm, and you can now choose whether to take away or eat in.’
Sally continues, ‘We are especially proud of our coffee, which comes from small, artisan estates and is roasted by a local, wood-fired roastery in Witney, UE Coffee. UE only use sustainable, locally sourced wood, which is much more carbon-efficient than gas.’
In the café, you can enjoy handcrafted bread from Abingdon, charcuterie from the Hughenden Valley, eggs from Dinton, cheese from Berkshire, lamb from Quainton, vegetables from Long Crendon and rapeseed oil from the Chilterns. Alongside the deli and café, What’s Cooking also have a catering operation and enjoy catering for all occasions from a small private dinner party to a large wedding.
Sally and Tony believe that fresh, locally sourced produce is here to stay – the Thame Food Festival shows just how popular local foods are. While you can always purchase online (and What’s Cooking are developing their website presence) there is nothing to beat the special pleasure you get from seeing, choosing and enjoying choosing food that’s as fresh as possible because it’s locally sourced and perfectly crafted.
What’s Cooking are grateful to local suppliers Dymott Builders and Barr Joinery for their hard work in completing the conversion. Most of all, Sally and Tony are delighted they now provide local producers with a larger shop window, where their food can be made available to a wider public and which will spread the word about the wealth of wonderful local produce we have on our doorstep.
Located at: 6-7 Cornmarket, Thame OX9 3DX,
Tel.No: 01844 212209