Phil and Donna at the Pig & Whistle have set up a very welcome addition to community life – a village shop! With a little help from a Pub is the Hub grant, it opened this week and is packed with useful things including newspapers, both fresh and convenience foods, a variety of drinks and even logs and coal.
The P&W is a member of Food & Drink Devon Love the Flavour, which represents a membership of like minded businesses, dedicated to providing good quality local food & drink. (Pictured here is Donna and Phil’s daughter, Georgia, showing the logo to look out for.) The association is committed to continuously achieving its mission – ‘To make Love the Flavour a nationally recognised brand for outstanding sustainable food and drink.’ This is positive news in a climate where the percentage of home-grown food eaten in the UK continues to decline – unless we support local farmers, we risk ending up with supermarkets stocked with bargain foods from abroad.
Spotted in our new shop were cheese and wine from Sharpham, Luscombe drinks, local vegetables and potatoes (some from Blagdon), milk and cream from Riverford Dairy, icecream from Salcombe, handmade preserves and delicious bread from Halletts. Opening hours are 8am to 8pm, and if you want something outside of those hours, just ask at the bar! This is such a useful facility, so use it or lose it! Many thanks, Phil and Donna, for going the extra mile to make the P&W even better!