New high street deli to offer flavours of the world from Findhorn to the Middle East

A self-professed ‘avid cook, baker and foodie’ is taking her kitchen to the high street to open a new deli in Forres town centre.

Kristin Edward will open The Pantry at 116 High Street this week fulfilling her long-held dream to have her own shop to showcase her food and flavours. 

Primarily selling sandwiches, salads, cakes, bakes and soup, Kristin said: “I’ll be offering low-carb, high-protein, low-sugar food items, plus vegan and gluten-free. 

She will also serve drinks with coffee coming from Greenbridge Organics in Findhorn and a middle-eastern touch with chai tea made in a semovar.

“I’m excited to open in Forres. I’ve lived here in Moray more than 16 years, and my parents live here. My aim is for food to be made ready-to-go ‘pret a manger’ style, and I’ll use local as much as possible – I’m still negotiating with suppliers.

Flavours of the world

“My menu will change and evolve and bring in flavours from around the world. I’m fortunate to have grown up in a multi-cultural household and within my own household we have Scottish, German and Jamaican influences.

“My father was a German Master Baker and I spent my early childhood in the bakery and deli that my parents owned. 

“I also make celebration cakes and earlier this year won the Taste of Nairn Star Baker Award taking first place for my entry. In the long-term, I’ll offer food to order for meetings, parties etc.”

Kirstin said she has completely gutted the shop, which was previously an ice cream parlour, beauty salon and office.

“There’s a classy rustic look with most of the fixtures and fittings made from reclaimed items of wood,” she said.

“I have an Espresso machine, a semovar, cake fridge and deli counter. I’ve put a scaffold plank shelf on the wall and an old ladder has been made into a shelf.”

The Pantry will open at 8:30am on Friday 28 October. Hours will be Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 4pm but this will be reviewed.

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