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Heroes for Food

Philip Hamer discovers a gem of a deli in west Rochdale

Published on January 22nd 2008.


Heroes for Food

Love of food and the passion to nurture this in others creates a superior deli and both these aspects are foremost at Heroes for Food. Situated on the more affluent side of Rochdale this converted chippie was opened almost a year ago by Paul Shearing.

He points out that following the exposé by Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall of intensive farming techniques, he shifted his entire weekend stock of chickens in a couple of hours.

Travelling with his Canadian born wife whilst working in his family’s packaging business inspired Paul’s love of food. He now runs the business full time and Heroes is Paul’s homage to chef Rick Stein who a few years ago devoted two TV series and books to his own British food heroes.

Heroes boasts 1,294 products and Paul is constantly updating stock and trying new suppliers. On my recent visit he was enthusing over saffron from a Spanish firm called Deliciso. Their chorizo regio at £2.25 a packet was also superb. Paul uses Lowther Park Farms in South Cumbria, known for its organic methods, for his meat products. He points out that following the exposé by Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall of intensive farming techniques, he shifted his entire weekend stock of chickens in a couple of hours.

Paul gets his bread and cakes from Chorlton’s superlative Barbakan bakery and he gives pride of place to the heavenly Sticky Toffee Pudding produced in Cartmel (£2.10 to £4.95 for various sizes). He feels that two other products truly express the ethos behind his venture: Cissy Green of nearby Haslingden, a local food hero, who produces the tastiest of small meat pies (£1.20 each) and his deli’s own label triple certified coffee (£2.75).

Heroes also has a small wine area. My two wine choices give a flavour of how eclectic and how well chosen the selection of wines here is: Martin Sarmiento Mencia 2004 (£12.55) is a Spanish red from north of Leon that is currently becoming fashionable. Don’t be put off by the tackily named 3 Amigos from Western Australia’s Margaret river region (£11.50) either. This is a splendid, rich 15% alcohol blend of Marsanne, Chardonnay and Viognier white grape varities.

Three months ago Heroes opened a small 20 cover café upstairs that also reflects the ethos of the business. My cheese and tracklements piccalili Sandwich (£2.75) was lovely, as was my goats cheese tart (£1.95). Tea fanatics will be especially at home here: there are 19 different ones on offer.

Heroes For Food
731 Edenfield Rd
Norden
Rochdale
Tel 01706 861 239
info@heroesfinefoods.co.uk

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AnonymousJanuary 22nd 2008.

Foodies will adore this place. Non foodies will be impressed. For all those comments about it being pricey, you get what you pay for, which is high end products of exceptional quality. I challenge you to do the same shop at Selfridges Food Hall and get a better deal!

AlanJanuary 22nd 2008.

I love Heroes, although it's a little pricey for the non-affluent residents of this affluent side of Rochdale.Paul has some fantastic pickles and relishes, interesting cheeses and wonderful artisan bread.I was a little worried about a venison pie that had a label "warning: may contain shot"

Andre SimonJanuary 22nd 2008.

Philip Hamer is my hero.

Linda BrownJanuary 22nd 2008.

newsletter please if available. LOVED THE PROGRAMME THAT JAMIE AND HUGH PUT OUT - HIGHLIGHTING THE ATROCITIES OF THE FARM CHICKENS. POOR THINGS - NOW THEY HAVE A VOICE; AND A CHANCE FOR A BETTER LIFE.

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