Hip shops: The Ginger Cat Deli

Save us a Scotch egg would you?

WHAT: Deli and bakery
WHEN: Mon-Weds 7.30am4pm, Thurs-Fri 7.30am-17.30pm, Sat 7.30am-2pm
WHERE: Seaton House, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DB

After years of working in pensions, husband and wife team Ben and Sally Sullivan decided to swap office life for the shop floor with the launch of The Ginger Cat Deli. Located in the village of Exminster, between Exeter and Dawlish, it has quickly become the go-to place to pick up a hearty lunch or mid-afternoon treat. The Sullivans love to bake, and much of what they sell is handmade at the back of the shop.

“Our signature dish must be our Scotch eggs,” says Ben. “We use free-range eggs from Exe Valley Farm in Tiverton and our sausage meat comes from Powderham Farm Shop. Our USP is the very chunky breadcrumbs that coat the Scotch egg, giving them an otherworldly look!”

Another bestseller is their range of homemade pies, with steak and ale, made using Longhorn beef from a nearby farm and Doom Bar ale, particularly popular with the passing lunchtime trade.

“The newest addition is our cauliflower cheese pie using Hawkridge Vintage Cheddar, topped with a garlic and herb crumb,” says Ben. “It’s delicious, and has become a customer favourite.”

If pies aren’t your bag, then the deli does a range of tasty sandwiches, made with bread from Ryders Bakery in Kenn, plus salad boxes. They also sell pizzas that you can order in advance and then bake at home. Not only is this an ace idea for an easy supper, but we love their suitably cat themed toppings, like Clawsome (turkey, cranberry and brie) and Cub Tropicana (ham and pineapple).

Sweet tooths will be satisfied with the deli’s range of homebakes and cakes. “A must-try is our chocolate-orange brownie,” says Ben.“It’s made using all of the great chocolatey ingredients from our usual recipe, with the addition of orange juice, orange extract, orange chocolate chunks and finished with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange segment on top.”

It’s the variety of goodies on offer and the friendly, local service that has seen customers return time and again to The Ginger Cat Deli.

“Most of our day to day trade comes from the village. They have been fantastic and supported us from the start. We also get a lot of hungry builders and lunchtime trade from Marsh Barton Trading Estate, just a mile down the road,” explains Ben. “We are now seeing a lot of people coming from further afield too, who have caught on through word-of-mouth. We also do outside catering, both private and business, which is another great way of advertising our food.”