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Uppingham Fine Food moves to bigger premises in High Street East after a year in business

A delicatessen has moved to bigger premises after a successful first year of trading.

Damon and Ellie Le Geyt first opened Uppingham Fine Food in June last year after their business faced tough times.

As a supplier, many of Damon's events were cancelled because of the coronavirus restrictions so they took a chance on opening a shop in Orange Street.

Some of the products available
Some of the products available

On Saturday, they moved the business to bigger premises in High Street East, inviting former Rutland MP Sir Alan Duncan to cut the ribbon.

Damon said: "We love Uppingham and our previous shop around the corner was just too small to stock everything people wanted.

"Ellie and I are both thrilled to have received such massive support for our new venture."

Damon and Ellie Le Geyt of Uppingham Fine Foods with former MP Sir Alan Duncan
Damon and Ellie Le Geyt of Uppingham Fine Foods with former MP Sir Alan Duncan

The couple met three years ago at a Starbucks café in Ellie’s native Indonesia while Damon was in the country sourcing products for his business.

They married a year later and Ellie gave up her job in banking to join Damon in the UK.

His company specialises in supplying high quality snacks - including gourmet pork scratchings and pickled onions - as well as a range of products and ingredients for chefs.

They ran the Orange Street shop together for a year before branching out into the new premises.

Mr Duncan said: "I have known Damon for years, and at a time when so many of our High Street businesses have faced difficulty, it is fantastic that Uppingham has this new roaring success.

"Uppingham Fine Food is just right for the town, and they stock all the right products."

Damon has worked in the food industry for more than 20 years.

He has previously worked closely with the likes of Pub in the Park with Tom Kerridge and the BBC Good Food Show.

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