Summer Picnics

National Picnic Week is upon us and with the weather forecast promising sunny rays there has never been a better time to arm yourself with one of our picnic boxes and find an outdoor space to enjoy an alfresco meal.
This year we are offering a free picnic box with any combination of products worth over £10 so you have the choice of goods from across the shop.

But if that is too much choice, then pick from one of our suggested boxes from this menu here:

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New Lunchtime Offer

Spring is officially here and to mark the occasion we have a new lunchtime promotion across our offer.
Choose two items from our daily selection of home made lunch soups, daily hand prepared salads and freshly made sandwiches to make an ideal lunchtime combination
Eat al desko for only £5.50
Or stay and eat in our cafe for £6.60

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Join Us at The Do Market This Weekend

We are pleased to be joining a select group of independent brands and craftspeople this Saturday 26th November at The Do Market with a choice of our Christmas ranges. Taking place at the E5 Bakehouse, E8 3PH, from 10am til 6pm, there promises to be lots to shop, lots to eat and some music too. We will be bringing a selection of Christmas goods to try and buy. See you there!

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We’re hiring for a new full time Barista

Our Gloucester Avenue barista is moving on to pastures new so we are looking for someone to join the team and take over the ever important role of making the coffees.

We need to find someone who is qualified in all types of coffee and milk with the ability to dial in, weigh/time shots and of course work with the wonderful Estate Dairy milk that we serve. You are also the first point of call in the morning for all our local customers who need a coffee hit to get them through the day.

We partner with Climpson & Sons for our beans and they support us with additional training and machine maintenance.

This role would be a lead barista to the team and is full time.

To enquire about joining our team, please e mail your CV to tracey@melroseandmorgan.com or drop a CV into the shop.

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Our New Autumn Lunch Offer is now available

This Autumn we have a new, simpler lunch offer available for you each day, so pop in today and choose something to eat al desko.
Our sandwiches are all made fresh in the morning by the chefs in our Chalk Farm kitchen and whilst you will see our ever popular Egg mayo each day, it is joined by a variety of others including Tuna mayonnaise, BALT (bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato), hummus feta and beetroot, or classic ham cheese and piccalilli. They are made in the Artisan sourdough bread and cost £2.25 for a half. Combine that with your choice of our daily counter salads and lunch is only £5.25, Save £1.

Each day we are also heating up soup which will be ready for around midday and accompanied by a fresh brioche roll which is delivered from our bakers first thing in the morning, lunch is a mere £4.25.

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We’re Hiring for Team Members

We are looking for food enthusiasts with retail experience to join our team.

After twelve years of trading we have seen many things change and that includes the people who have worked in our shops. Each brought their own personality and experience to make the shops such a unique place to shop. We have seen our colleagues go on to places far and wide in search of their own dreams and now are looking for both full time and part time people with food retail experience to plug the gaps they leave.

If you want to join the team then do please send your CV to tracey@melroseandmorgan.com or drop a CV into the shop.

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Nip in for Coffee and Pop Out with Lunch

For the month of May we are promoting a new lunch offer with an expanded range of sandwiches, more take away salads and some new snacks and drinks to choose from. Presented in our handy grab bags, you can take lunch alfresco or ‘aldesko’ but however you do it, benefit from the great deal now on offer: a sandwich, crisp, drink and sweet Melrose and Morgan bar all for £6/£7.25 eat in.

Alternatively the soup and salad lunch is still on offer with the addition of a brioche roll for only £4.95 / £5.95 eat in

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Coffee Lovers Blind Tasting

2pm-3pm, Saturday 16 April

This Saturday, Shaun from new specialist supplier Estate Dairy will be showcasing his exceptional single herd Fresian and Jersey milk – the only milk designed for baristas.

Can you tell the difference?

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Let the Great Egg Hunt Commence!

To celebrate all things Easter and chocolatey we are hosting a ‘Great Egg Hunt’ giving away prizes from our Easter range over the next seven days (16-22 March 2016).

Just follow us on Twitter and ReTweet the daily prize with the hashtag #mmegghunt2016 to get a chance to win.

At the end of each day we’ll do a random prize draw, announce the winner and start the hunt for the next days prize.

Look out for these delicious prizes in our ‘Great Egg Hunt’ (click on each prize to find out more):

- Easter Bunny Shortbread
- Rococo Hunting Bunny Chocolate Eggs
- Box of Six Mini Simnel Cakes
- Rococo Salted Caramel Seagull Eggs
- Two Rococo Hand Painted Easter Eggs
- Chocolate Society Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Egg
- One of our NEW Easter Egg Hunt Kits

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Merry Christmas One And All!

Thank you to all our wonderful loyal customers for helping make our 12th Christmas a real cracker!

Don’t forget to make your New Years Eve order by 4pm 24th December – take a look at our feasting menu here.

Thinking you might be in need of some last minute groceries over the festivities? Don’t forget to check out our Christmas opening hours:

24 Dec – 8am-4pm
25-28 Dec – CLOSED
29 Dec – 9am-4pm
30 Dec – 9am-4pm
31 Dec – 9am-4pm
1 Jan – CLOSED

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12 Prizes to Celebrate our 12 Years of Christmas

We are celebrating the 12 year milestone of making and baking artisan Christmas fare for the good people of North London and beyond.

To kickstart our celebrations we will be giving away 12 prizes starting with our handmade Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorations and culminating with one of our much sought after Christmas in a Bags to feed 6, worth £100.

Keep your eyes peeled on Twitter and Retweet each days offer with the hashtag #12Years to get a chance to win. The last prize will be announced on 16th December.

Read about our Christmas in a Bag in the Telegraph here.

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One Week to go for Christmas Orders!

There’s just one week to go to make your Christmas orders through our shopping list. So, if you are after turkey and all the trimmings or handmade puddings, brandy butter and festive spirits or the finest cheese board, smoked salmon and party nibbles then its time to down tools and take a look at our shopping list now.

If you live in NW1 or NW3 and make an order of over £100 then we will deliver to your door for free.

Take a look at the Shopping List here and give us a call if you have any questions at all. Alternatively you can download the order form and submit it online with just a click of a button.

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South London Focus, Taste of Italy, Letterpress Pop Up

This week it’s the turn of our South London producers to take centre stage in our Artisan Producers campaign.

This week we champion these brilliant craftspeople (click on each to read more):

- Fatties Caramels: handmade with fresh cream in proper copper pans

- Bread Ahead: the brainchild of master bakers Matt Jones and Justin Gellatly

- Sundance Juices: made fresh every day with fruit sourced from New Covent Garden Market

- Balthazar Bakery: the successful New York baker’s London outpost

And, don’t forget to take advantage of our store tastings and events hosted by more of our Artisans (click on each to read more):

- Marby and Elm: founder Eleanor will be hosting a letterpress pop up offering personalised note cards

- La Tua Pasta: will be hosting a tasting at taste if Italy with their latest seasonal varieties

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Best of British – London Artisans

Hot on the heels of Urban Food Fortnight, sees the start of British Food Fortnight this Saturday 19 September, celebrating every aspect of British food and drink with a series of events and happenings all over the British Isles.

Continuing our own celebration of some very British brands we are continuing our London Artisans campaign – this week focusing on our

North West suppliers (click on each to read more):

- Camden Town Brewery

- Regent’s Park Honey

- Marby and Elm

And, check out what else is new on our Events page (click on each to read more):

- Wildes Cheese: Phil and Keith with be bringing a taste of artisan cheese making to our shops with a couple of tastings

- Gosnells London Mead: Tom and his award winning team will be hosting tasting and food matching sessions

- Marby and Elm: Eleanor will be hosting a ‘pop-up’ personalised hand printed note card service in our shops

Buy products from the Artisan Producers range from our Online Shop here.

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The Best of London Under One Roof

Urban Food Fortnight is just starting and to celebrate, this Autumn, we’re championing our local suppliers and celebrating our connection to these like-minded craft producers with our ‘London Artisans’ campaign.

Things have changed in the last few years, a revolution in food has created a truly world class scene in London that we are proud to be a part of. From the very beginning we sought out unusual artisans and little known enthusiasts to supply our shops.

Over the next couple of months, we will celebrating these mini giants of the food world and our connection to their commitment to quality food, as well as their geographic proximity – all the 21 suppliers included in our London Artisans campaign are located within six miles of Melrose and Morgan.

To find out more about London Artisans, upcoming events and activity, click here.

And, buy products from the Asrtisan Producers range from our Online Shop, click here

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We’re Hiring for our Shop Teams

We are looking for two experienced candidates to join our busy retail team.

We have been retailing for over 10 years now and pride ourselves in bringing the best of London and the local area to our customers in a unique, relaxed yet professional environment. Our award winning shops showcase a mix of new small suppliers we have discovered and a range of seasonal products made in our Chalk Farm kitchen. We are looking for people who are keen to offer superb service in a classic yet contemporary environment.

To read more about our Retail Team opportunities click here…

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Make it a Hot Dog Day

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday we are offering freshly made Hot Dogs.

Served with caramelised onions, gherkins, tomato ketchup and mustard, these dogs are made with pork and beef from expert charcutiers Cobble Lane Cured and served in a soft Balthazar brioche bun.

Take one away today and find a space in the sunshine to enjoy.

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Primrose Hill Summer Festival

This Sunday 17th of May is the seasonal Summer Festival in Primrose Hill. We are joining the traders with a stall selling some of our popular wares: sausage rolls, brownies, new season’s English strawberries and a lovely iced tea made from our new Good Evening tea.

We will also be giving everyone a chance to win a picnic for 6 when you sign up to our newsletter on the stand.

The festivities begin at 10.30 am and finish at 5 pm. Come and say hello.

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London’s Best Coffee

We’ve been listed in amongst London’s best independent coffee shops in the Evening Standard. They said:

“The original shop has a faithful north London following. They come for quick espressos first thing and, post 3pm, the epic chocolate tart.”

Here here! Read it all by clicking on this link.

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As recommended by Rachel Khoo

Our Simnel cakes have had some high praise from Daily Mail Weekend columnist, Rachel Khoo. She says; “Packed with spices and fruit and topped with marzipan, this simnel cake is perfect for the grown-ups at Easter.”

Thank you Rachel! See the full article here

And buy your Simnel Cake here

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Our new book is now available to pre-order on our online shop

‘Good Food For Your Table’ is a grocer’s guide intended to help you buy the best food for your kitchen. Starting with a well stocked store cupboard, this compendium of advice explores all the larder contents and then guides you through the best way to make the most of them. We have a handful of our favourite recipes, some simple quick ideas to rustle up a meal in minutes and a guide on how to preserve when there is a seasonal abundance. But most of all this book will steer you through the vast array of ingredients that can sometime baffle and often lie dormant in the deepest depths of the cupboard because you simply don’t know what to do with them.

There are 19 chapters to explore: from grains to nuts, tea to coffee, oils to herbs, meat to spices and so much more. Each one takes an in depth look at the history, varieties, and ranges, including suggestions of the key items to shop for and the best way to store them. There are beautiful illustrations and also some fun anecdotes and tips that are both entertaining and informative. Have you ever wondered why some eggs have white shells and others brown? what differentiates Stilton from Stichelton, or even how to make the perfect cup of tea? Well, look no further as all is explained.

Published at the end of October, we wanted you to be the first to hear and we will be sharing some of it with you in the coming weeks.

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We Won Two Great Taste Awards

Following our success last year, we are pleased to say that two further favourite Melrose and Morgan products won awards at Great Taste 2014. There are over 10,000 products entered into the scheme which are blind tasted by over 400 leading industry experts including food critics, Women’s Institute judges, other producers and journalists.

Our dark chocolate florentines was awarded for its homemade appeal, delicious buttery crunch and good selection of nuts. The judges felt it was “clearly made with passion and care” which is certainly is.

In addition, our cardamom and mint dark chocolate wafers also won a gold star. Judges said: “we loved this. Good appearance, lovely gloss with a good break… we really enjoyed the balance of the flavours. There’s a refreshing flavour from the peppermint and a good balance with the cardamom which isn’t too strong. Would go well with coffee after a meal.”

Get a taste of our award winners in store this month:

- Dark Chocolate Florentines £6.95 / 150g
- Cardamom and Mint Dark Chocolate Wafers £12.95 / 200g
- Sour Cherry Granola £6.75 / 500g
- Good Afternoon Jam £3.95 / 227g
- Parmesan Biscuits £5.75 / 150g

And get them delivered nationwide from our Online Shop

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We Are Hiring!

We are looking for a Prep Chef to join our small dedicated team in our production kitchen. You will have a positive attitude and be willing to help in all aspects of kitchen production. The role will include assisting the kitchen team in the preparation of recipes, including peeling and chopping vegetables.

Required Skills:
• Good knife skills.
• One year’s relevant experience in a quality establishment.
• Speed and efficiency
• An understanding of food hygiene and safety.
• A high understanding of written English.
• You must be eligible to work in the UK.

We can offer:
• No split shifts.
• 28 days holiday.
• Meals on duty.
• Uniform provided.

If you’re interested in joining us, please send an up-to-date CV with a covering email explaining why you think you may be suitable for this position to sarahg@melroseandmorgan.com

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Selfridge’s Pop Up

We have launched a Pop Up Shop in Selfridges Food Hall. Come and say “Hello” you will find us in the bakery department selling all your favourite cakes, bars, biscuits as well as a selection of sandwiches and salads. Follow us on Instagram or Twitter for updates on our offer.

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Supper for Two

We have launched our Supper for Two offer again this winter. Choose any vegetable soup, a pie and a vegetable side dish followed by two desserts all for £15. See in store for details. All made by hand in our kitchen in Chalk Farm.

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Lovingly Handmade

Click Here to watch a short film about our Selfridges Christmas Puddings

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Tea

During October we will be celebrating the mighty brew with an homage to your daily cup of tea:

- Learn the art of the perfect cup with our Tea Tasting Masterclass hosted by the Rare Tea Lady on Wednesday 9th October

- Sample Tea the Melrose and Morgan way with our exclusive new Good Morning and Good Afternoon blends

- Buy one of our new Good Morning or Good Afternoon Teas and get the other half price till 31st October

- Enjoy a free cookie with every Tea take away or café purchase till 31st October

- Take home a copy of our fourth Grocer’s Guide to Tea

To sign up for the Tea Tasting Masterclass and to keep up to date with all the Tea celebrations click here.

To buy our Good Morning and Good Afternoon Teas click here.

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Melrose and Morgan Launches at Selfridges Food Hall

We have been invited to launch a selection of Melrose and Morgan products at Selfridges Food Hall, including our Great Taste Award winners.

We’ve also been asked to create a new range of Christmas Puddings for Selfridges, in store from October. All summer we’ve been busy steaming 100’s of puddings by hand for the 3000kg of Christmas Puddings in readiness!

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We Won Four Great Taste Awards

We are very proud to announce that some of our favourite Melrose and Morgan products won awards at Great Taste 2013; the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.

We won accolades for our Sour Cherry Granola, where the judges praised its rustic, wholesome appearance, rich golden colour and balance of sweetness, our Good Afternoon Jam, hailed for its rich, glossy colour and whole berries and our Parmesan Biscuits, loved for their melt in the mouth cheesiness.

Our fourth gong came for our Mince Pies, with their flaky vanilla bean pastry and plump fruit, much more of which you will be seeing during the Christmas festivities.

Get a taste of our award winners in store this month:

- Sour Cherry Granola £6.75 /500g
- Good Afternoon Jam £3.95 /227g
- Parmesan Biscuits £5.50 /150g

And get them delivered nationwide from our Online Shop

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Flavour First

Very lovely piece out on us today from the brilliant people behind Flavour First.

Celebrating good, honest British produce and fully behind our burgeoning British food scene, we are huge fans of Flavour First’s philosophy and brilliant website.

We are very pleased to be supporting some of our favourite suppliers through the piece at the same time:

- Chegworth Valley fruit juices and seasonal vegetables and fruit

- Tomatoes from the Isle of Wight at the Tomato Stall

- Ethically sourced coffee from Climpson and Sons

- Urban honey from the London Honey Company

- And our latest recruit, artisan bread from the Balthazar Bakery

Read the full article from Flavour First Here

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Oils Month

In June we launch the second in the series of our Grocer’s Guide’s, helping you to build your larder, shop for the best and get the most out of your ingredients.

This time we turn our attention to oils. Often looked over as a mere ingredient, oils have a long history in our cultural and gastronomic heritage. Health giving and nutritious, they also add wonderful flavours to your cooking and new dimensions to your recipes.

Expect to see tastings with some of our new oils and a guest appearance from a new supplier Dana from Arganic Argan Oil, a new range of nutritious oils.

Plus some fantastic offers, including 25% off bottles of Chiltern Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil throughout June.

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Barista Masterclass Winner!

Thank you to everybody who entered our prize draw to win a place on the Barista Masterclass with Climpson and Sons.

We have now picked our winner and Monica will be joining us next Tuesday on the course.

Well done Monica and we look forward to seeing everyone who bought a ticket there too! It looking like its going to be a great night.

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Coffee Month

During the month of May we will be holding our own celebration of the black stuff with a month long homage to coffee:

Enjoy 25% off 250g bags of Climpson and Son coffee all month

Sample the ‘pour over’ with our Free Coffee Tasting Day at our Hampstead shop on Friday 10th May

Learn from the pros with our Home Barista Masterclass hosted by Climpson and Sons at our Primrose Hill shop on 21st May

Pick up a Coffee Card and take advantage of our new Loyalty Scheme

Get the Freshest Ground Coffee with the newly installed Coffee Grinder at our Primrose Hill shop

Pick up the first of our monthly Grocer’s Guides with the ’Grocer’s Guide to Coffee’

To find out more about the Barista Masterclass click here.

To get a chance to WIN your place on the course for FREE, just answer the following question:

What is the name given to a coffee cherry that has only had one side of the bean fertilised resulting in a single rounded berry like bean?

a) Cauliberry
b) Peaberry
c) Carrotberry

Submit your answer by Clicking Here. All correct answers will be entered into a hat and one winner will be picked at random on Friday 17th May.

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Tell us What You Think?

We’d like to know what you think about our new website and Online shop – what you enjoy and what you think we could do better – so we can try and make shopping with us the best it can be.

In return for answering the 10 short multiple choice questions, we will put your name into a prize draw to win a £25 Melrose and Morgan voucher to use online or in one of our shops.

Just click here to take part in the survey. All data will be collected anonymously.

Thanks in advance for your help, MM

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Exclusive New Herbal Infusion

We’ve been working with master brewers My Cup Of Tea and are very proud to announce our first collaboration with the launch of our Cardamom and Mint Infusion – a soothing blend of sweet Moroccan mint, Guatemalan cardamom, crisp dried apples from Lithuania and South African green rooibos. Perfect for a caffeine free afternoon boost.

Available at both our shops and Online for nationwide delivery at £9.95 for 18 muslin teabags. Each bags gives at least three infusions.

Read the story of our day brewing with My Cup Of Tea here.

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Valentine’s Day Supper For Two

Avoid the crowds of restaurant go-ers and plan a rather more cosy supper at home this Valentines Day with our £30 Supper For Two:

Crab Cakes with Lime Mayonnaise and Rocket
Duck Confit
Potato and Herb Gratin
Braised Red Cabbage
Valrhona Chocolate Mousse

Available at both our shops and for London-wide delivery on 14th February, while stocks last. Last orders for Valentine’s Day deliveries, 4pm Monday 11th February. Deliveries charged at local cab rates.

Click here to see our Valentine’s Supper full terms Terms and Conditions.

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Supper for Two £15

Try our Winter Supper For Two Deal this week and get a starter, main course, side dish and pudding for £15:

Beetroot and Dill Soup
Meadow Pie
Three Winter Greens
Blood Orange Jelly

Offer runs Tuesday 22 to Sunday 27 January 2013 while stocks last. For further information please visit either of our Primrose Hill or Hampstead shops, or call 020 7485 1600. Offer contains: 1 × 500ml Beetroot and Dill, 1 × 750g Meadow Pie, 1 × 250g Three Winter Green, 2 × 150g Blood Orange Jelly. Usual combined retail price £19.85.