The Granary at No 18

The Granary at No 18 is a charming shop and café in Watlington, three miles from J6 on M40.

Robin and Francesca Holmes-Smith, after many years working for large international companies have combined their experience in the retail trade, rescuing the ailing food shop, becoming the proud owners of The Granary Delicatessen in 2002 which now also boasts an online cheese shop.

Years of traveling have given them an eclectic taste for good food and what to stock. Every corner of the shop is filled with a huge range of store cupboard essentials, favourite ingredients including quality oils, vinegars, unusual herbs and spices, sweet and savoury biscuits, sweet and savoury preserves, fudge, toffee and much much more. Tables are laden with a huge variety of breads, olives and cheeses.

The café offers great simple, fresh food made to order – from fresh soups, seasonal salads, bruschetta with smoked duck to delicious sticky toffee pudding.

Granary Deli is an online cheese shop at heart, stocking over 140 varieties of cheese, including many award winners with a selection coming from UK farmhouse producers, as well as a fine range of Continental cheese. Produce is sourced locally where possible – breads and croissants from bakers in Oxfordshire, delicious cheeses from Berkshire, cakes are home-baked, quality British wines originate from Brightwell Vineyard in Wallingford, bread flours from Wantage.

Robin and Francesca also source many fine and award-winning foods from speciality food producers, most of which are not stocked in supermarkets. The range is continually updated throughout the year and they try to keep as close as possible to the leading edge of fine food. The summer is always popular for weddings, and if you prefer a cheese wedding cake to a sweet one, the Granary is the place to come for three tiers of perfectly matched cheeses.

If it’s a great latte, delicious ciabata sandwich or a unique hamper you’re after or a cheese course for six special guests it really is the place to go. The great thing about The Granary is that when you go in you feel spoiled for choice, and when you come out you just feel spoiled!

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