I live near Abergavenny which manages to have a lovely and well known food festival every year while failing to have a fishmonger, decent baker, good greengrocer and until recently it didn't have a deli. So when just around the time of the festival a new deli opened, local foodies (and my family makes up a large proportion of that group) rejoiced. It looks nice but I'll admit I rarely go in. It's just a bit too clinical looking with lots of expensive packaged pastas and salad dressings. However, just before Christmas, I thought I'd take myself there to check out their Christmas pudding selection.
No Christmas puddings on display. And when I asked I was told that the owner who was a connoisseur of Christmas puddings had tasted those on offer and decided that none were good enough to sell in his shop. So I spent a considerable sum at Waitrose on what I and my guests thought was a lovely pudding (from Carved Angel btw). This is not the way to beat the recession, Mr Deli Owner. All you get is a warm feeling that somehow you haven't let your shop down. Waitrose got my dosh.