A sandwich shop that has been feeding business people and shoppers in Hull city centre for more than 20 years is set to expand its range of food after the success of its lockdown specials.
Relish, which marked its 20th anniversary in Silver Street just before the first lockdown forced a temporary closure in March 2020, has been filling in the time with the launch of its Little Weighton Kitchen delivery and collection service.
Operating from the award-winning Black Horse pub and restaurant – another of owner Micaela Clegg’s foodie businesses – LWK devises healthy recipes using fresh and nutritious ingredients that customers can unpack at home to create their own quick and easy meals.
At the heart of Little Weighton Kitchen is an all-female founding team headed up by Micaela. Her daughter Evangeline Clegg, who has spent the last five years working in advertising in Leeds and Manchester, has come on board as marketing director. Chef Wendy Rowley, whose regular role is cooking up the classic Black Horse dishes, creates the LWK recipes.
The menus change weekly and draw on the finest local produce from across East Yorkshire, with seasonal fare from suppliers including Staal Smokehouse at Long Riston and Soanes Poultry of Driffield. Dishes feature fish, meat, poultry and game as well as a range of vegetarian and vegan options.
Ordering is a simple online process and the website tells you the price per pack – each meal available for two or four people – the shelf life and the approximate cooking time, with many dishes going from sustainable packaging to plate in around 30 minutes.
Free national delivery is available every Tuesday and Thursday. Customers get a discount if they collect from The Black Horse, and the aim is to offer a city centre pick-up service once Relish reopens.
Micaela said: “During the first lockdown, like most business owners, we had no choice but to close both The Black Horse and Relish so we set to work planning a new venture and filling a gap in the market for a truly local recipe box.
“We are championing the best produce Yorkshire has to offer and supporting fellow small businesses by presenting seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients to enable users to cook imaginative and delicious meals with ease at home.
“We really miss all our regular customers at Relish but we are reaching many of them with Little Weighton Kitchen and we hope to get to the rest of them soon. We can’t wait to reopen and we’re looking forward to adding the recipe boxes for people to call in and collect.”
Kathryn Shillito, HullBID executive director, said: “It has been a really difficult time for the food and beverage sector and it’s great to see everyone at Relish taking such an innovative approach to keeping their business ticking over.
“It’s a bonus that the recipe boxes will also become part of the regular offer at the sandwich shop, adding something new to the great variety of dining options available across the city centre.”
New customers currently qualify for 30 per cent off the cost of their first order and 20 per cent off the second box by subscribing to the Little Weighton Kitchen newsletter.