HOW WE STARTED OUT
'If ever that shop came up for sale...'
When founders Luis and Penny de la Torre announced they were retiring, we jumped at the chance to take on what's affectionately known locally as The Olive Shop.
Martin's been in the food field all his life, having originally trained as a chef and then worked in country house hotels. A range of other roles followed, including a sixteen-year stint with Riverford Organic in South Devon.
Mary's food upbringing was a great mixture of her mother's Yorkshire fare and her paternal grandmother's Austrian cooking. You'll see her serving on Fridays & Saturdays and otherwise she'll be busy behind the scenes.
Running the shop brings Martin back to his roots and what he loves: talking about food, making food and sharing food that has great taste and true provenance.
PASSION & PROVENANCE
We work with suppliers who source from family-run, small scale producers and import our Tanche olives directly from the Vignolis Co-operative in La Drôme Provençale.
Vegetables we use are grown locally (including in our Vine House garden and allotment) wherever possible, but the lemons will be from Sicily or Spain!
Many of our products are AOP or DOP (Protected Destination of Origin) certificated or have been given a Great Taste Award.
CARBON AND COMMUNITY
Our deli pots are biodegradable and compostable, as well as reusable and recyclable. You're welcome to bring in your own clean containers for olives etc or get a refill of Iliada extra virgin olive oil. And if you're looking for an interesting planter for the garden, have one (or more) of our empty olive or oil cans - just share a picture of what your grow!
Our waste oil is turned into biofuel and we partner with local businesses to keep local money local.
We celebrate diverse food cultures and are delighted to bring you the pleasure of finding out about and eating produce from all around the Mediterranean - north and south - right here, in Devon.
Luis and Penny started their olive venture back in 2001 with a table stall in the heritage Tavistock Pannier Market. They graduated to one of the lock-ups and then moved to the current shop premises in The Market perimeter in 2010.
We owe them a debt of gratitude for sharing their food passion and look forward to 'honouring and adding' to their traditions...not least, only selling what at least one of us likes.