NEW delis with cafés attached are appearing almost faster that we can visit them.

This venue occupies large premises vacated by a charity shop. Access from street level is by a gentle incline within the shop but there are still steps up or down to reach the seating areas.

Each table has its own comprehensive food and drinks menu.

But it might be a good idea to view the deli counter before making your selection.

The tea in our pot for two (£3.30) was from the new Mad Hatters Tea Company, based in Richmond. The teapot proved to be an excellent pourer.

Breakfast is served from 8.30am to 11am when Danish pastries, croissants, scrambled eggs (£3.25 or £3.95 with smoked salmon) are available. There is even a Yorkshire sausage sandwich.

Lunch is served from 11am to 3.30pm. Soup of the day was the interesting combination of leek, potato, cheese and rosemary (£3.25).

I contemplated the Yorkshire Food Company Tasting Menu at £7.95. This combined cured meats, York ham, two cheeses, antipasto, Yorkshire Farmers fiery chilli jam, bread, olives and garnish. Quite a plateful!

Varieties of Yorkshire pastie of beef, cheese, leek or curried vegetables with chutney and crisps could also have been an option.

In the end, I selected a jacket potato with cottage cheese and smoked salmon (£4.50). The potato skin was very hard but the contents fluffy with plenty of filling. The garnish of leaves, tomato, corn and beans in pesto and twists of lemon completed the plate.

Initially Ann thought she would try a tuna mayo and cucumber sandwich (£3.95) but finally opted for quiche of the day (£4.65). This was a tasty individual mushroom and bacon quiche plus leaves. The vine-ripened tomato (itemised on the menu) didn’t materialise. We had to ask for mayonnaise.

We nearly succumbed to the triple cheesecake (£2.45) but decided that would be too indulgent.