Published on May 3, 2018 | by Alastair Gilmour


Sterling stuff from bottle shop

Never ones to stand still, Coppers of Brunton Park, Gosforth, has taken yet another step forward – this time on food and beer pairing. A new delicatessen counter has been installed with the quality of cheeses and charcuterie reflecting that of its beers, wines and spirits.

Owner Andrew Cossey says: “We’ve now got The Crafty Deli up and running which fits in with everything we do here from the front of the shop to the back of the shop. Coppers will always be a convenience store though, we’re here for when people need us, but having all the craft beers we stock has put us in a different light.”

The deli chiller sits beside the shop counter using corrugated steel for a backing which is ideal for hygiene since it’s easily cleanable.

“We’re using the highest quality suppliers we can,” says Andrew. “Some small farmers and producers are offering amazing stuff these days, and we’re all about supporting local businesses anyway. Great beer goes with great meats and cheeses.”

Andrew’s influence is Friends of Ham, bottle shop and charcuterie in Leeds and Ilkley, West Yorkshire, in a bid to reproduce a laid-back hangout for people who simply want the best.

“And how good are our tastings going to be?” says Andrew. “We’ve got the knowledge on the beers and with the support of our top-class suppliers, we’ll have the knowledge on the deli products.

“You can pick a certain cheese, for instance, and we’ll advise on what beer goes with it.”

It’s an interesting development for Coppers – its Hop Secret timber-clad “den”, on what previously was its car park, started life as a shipping container and is perfect for entertaining and hosting tastings and meet-the-brewer events.

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