Support our Shops!
Being the owner of a small ‘alimentation’ in a local village is difficult, not just at the moment, but most of the time.
Competition from the big supermarkets, on-line sales, price rises, long hours, customer expectations, not to mention the C-word… All this amounts to non-stop pressure on them. Many open early, close late, open Sundays and bank hols and still struggle to keep their heads above water.
So we thought it would be nice to honour these hard working heroes by publishing a few articles about our local village shops but written by you.
And we are delighted to share with you the first selection in what we hope will be a budding series. Thanks go to Merry and Leigh Foster for their fantastic journalism!
Chez Gloria & Andre’s
Tel : 07 86 48 32
Open : 7.30am-12pm / 4.30pm – 7pm
Closed Monday but open Sunday morning
Friendly Catalan couple with a great selection of good quality, fresh fruit and veg. Must do deliveries as we see them putting together orders. Also cheese and deli items including oils, vinegars and spices.
Trattoria La Sardegna
15 rue de la Gabarre, Sorède
Tel : 06 95 85 47 15
This shop is new to Sorède, having moved from St André. He is pleased with his new location opposite the school as there is parking nearby, as this was a problem with his previous location.
This is a lovely little place selling Sardinian specialities. They have fresh pasta and gnocchi and a takeaway dish of the day together with some sweet treats. You can check this out on his Facebook page.
Our experience has been a delicious veggie lasagne with the best tiramisu we have had in a long time, not too sweet. There are freshly baked specialities, we tried some sort of pizza pie. Also an interesting array of Italian store cupboard items alongside a range of charcuterie and cheeses.
Fancy bigging up your local heroes? Get involved!
Chat with them, take a few photos, write a short, medium or long piece on who they are, how they came to be there, what they sell… anything really just to give the small shopkeepers a bit of visibility and recognition.
You don’t have to be J K Rowling. Just write as you feel and send over your scribblings to firstname.lastname@example.org
It will also be a good exercise in confidence for French learners. Here are some basic conversation starters to help you get going.