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Star date: 28th August 2012 

DELI-LAMA COMES TO BEXLEY SQUARE

"There's a chance we could make something happen here that is by real Salford people" Linda Robson

A delicatessen, a café and soon to be a bar, the aptly named Deli-Lama is out to create a new Salford vibe. Standing out on The Crescent, at the corner of Bexley Square, the deli-café-bar is aiming to encourage artists to exhibit on its walls, sell local goods and host a few gigs, as well as creating the cutest food fare in town…

Full mouth watering details here…


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The Deli-Lama. It's a top name but has to have a bit of a difference about it to carry the pun. Thankfully the delicatessen cum café cum bar does have that difference. In line with places like Eccles Art Gallery (a former shop now a community exhibition space) and The Black Lion (a pub that's also a cinema and arts venue) the Deli-Lama has been born out of adversity and is much more than it appears.

It's run by Linda Robson, recently made redundant due to cuts at Seedley and Langworthy Trust, and the aim, she says, is not to make massive profits but to do something she loves and put something back into the community.

"I haven't got a background in catering but I love being around people and I love food, so that's what this is about" she says "Salford's my home and I love this area of central Salford, I remember trudging through it when I was little and going to places like the Education Offices. There is a chance that we could make something happen here that is by real Salford people."

Linda was also central to SCMP (Salford Community Media Partnership) and wants to encourage artists to use the Deli's walls to exhibit their work, as well as selling goods and food made by local enterprises. It's also hosting a gig as part of this year's Salford Music Festival, the World Music Jam on September 20th.

Yesterday, the Deli-Lama kind of officially opened, giving a flavour of what to expect with a Caribbean Chill Out Day, featuring some top Jamaican ska+ tunes, while serving exotic punch, jerk chicken and plantain. For the most part, however, the menu is going veer towards a Mediterranean feel, with home made hummus, salads and soups.

"It's mainly around a veggie vibe, very colourful and with as many natural ingredients as possible" Linda explains "Like, if I'm doing a tomato soup it's got to have real tomatoes in it; I can't just open a tin and say `That's tomato soup' because I like my food too much. I wouldn't give anyone any food that I wouldn't eat myself."

"We want to open as a store as well, so you can come in and buy a really nice loaf of bread or something from the deli counter" she adds "The Women's Institute in Salford is interested in selling some of their stuff through us too. We're trying to support other local businesses and enterprises."

As the multi-zillion pound Chapel Street regeneration moves ever nearer, Linda wants her family run Deli-Lama to be retain its unique taste of Salford and attract its own community. Indeed, future plans for the area were never even a consideration… "No, it was a complete accident, I was actually looking at an old bank in Eccles but was chatting and heard that this place had come up for let."

The former solicitors office has now been transformed into a bright, cheery, comfy, extra friendly delicatessen cum café cum bar, with tables and chairs spilling outside, making its distinct mark on historic Bexley Square. Well recommended.

The Deli-Lama
220 Chapel Street
Corner of Bexley Square, M3 5LE
O7762 018925
Open 9am-5pm (soon to be 11pm with alcohol licence)

For further details search Facebook: Deli-Lama-CafeBar
Twitter: Deli-Lama Café/Bar

Kelvin wrote
at 11:40:04 on 08 October 2013
I've been here a number of times & have walked out nicely full. It's great to have a nice place to eat on my doorstep that has home-made food & a relaxed atmosphere. My aunt really loved it, wishing that Wilmslow had somewhere like this. Good stuff guys! Kelvin. x
 
Vicki and Rachael wrote
at 06:16:00 on 04 September 2012
At last a lovely place to eat n chill out during a busy working day for us and our nursery staff, right on our doorstep. The foods great and the staff friendly and welcoming. Good Luck From Vicki, Rachael and the team at Early Learning Childcare 210 Chapel Street
 
Gaynor wrote
at 07:34:44 on 01 September 2012
Sounds fab!! Will defo be visiting very soon, especially if there's some lovely veggie food! Good luck Linda xx
 
Fabulous Dave wrote
at 17:50:45 on 31 August 2012
Called in Deli-Lama. Excellent food . Great selection. Nice, friendly people . A fine asset to a fine area . Called in The Eagle Inn [ Lamp Oil ] on Collier St. just off Trinity Way at Blackfriars . Wonderful beer, wonderful chilled atmosphere. What a brilliant pub.
 
Dave the Biker wrote
at 17:32:12 on 31 August 2012
The Eagle Inn , or Lamp Oil, really is a fabulous pub. Great range of real ales, great jukebox, great atmosphere, friendly and pleasant bar staff. A great pub to relax and unwind in . This area has fine pubs : The Kings ,The Black Lion, The New Oxford ,The Rovers, and of course The Deli Lama . Just wonderful .
 
blueliam wrote
at 07:16:15 on 31 August 2012
I agree, we have a great little area with a handful of great pubs, Eagle Inn, Black Lion, New Oxford, Kings Arms, Rovers, cracking takeaways the Lowry chippy, Carribean flavas, Moti Mahal, Oriental Exp highly rated tattoo collective Rain City and now some nice little caffs opening. Just hope it doesnt turn into the new NQ. Cos I hate that place now.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 16:35:28 on 28 August 2012
Good one Linda, can I suggest your local Councillors hold their ward surgery, with one different cabinet member attending each month. A first for Salford in bringing the elected out of the wood work. I deffo will come in for a tea and cake. Really sorry the SALT got a victim of funding, stay proud of all the great work they did over the years for Salford folk.
 
RWL wrote
at 14:19:33 on 28 August 2012
Great idea, good luck!
 
Fabulous Dave wrote
at 14:19:28 on 28 August 2012
What a fantastic venture . Will be giving Deli-Lama a visit this week. This really is a great area to socialise in, We've got this superb new cafe/bar The New Oxford pub ,which holds excellent musical events. The Kings Arms , just across Trinity Way The hidden gem of the area is The Eagle Inn on Collier Street, a few minutes from the Kings Arms , and near the Renault garage. The Eagle Inn , or Lamp Oil , is a superb listed building , selling a range of fine ales, with a superb juke box ,friendly bar staff, and a chilled atmosphere . Just what the area needs .
 
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