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.