A delicatessen that’s been at the heart of a Tyne Valley village for more than 300 years is finding new ways to survive and thrive through the challenge of Covid-19.

Like so many of the region’s small businesses, The Corbridge Larder, owned by husband and wife team Jen and Bob Horton since 2015, has had to develop new ways of working to cope with the impact of Covid-19.

The deli sources the majority of its produce as possible from local suppliers, with around 100 cheeses in its counter, and also has an enviable range of local wines, beers and spirits.

It is the exclusive stockist of the recently launched Corbridge Gin, from Northumberland’s award-winning distillery Pilgrim Spirit.

Thanks to a business support grant from Northumberland County Council, the shop and café has been able to invest in a new e-commerce website, marketing support and digital equipment that will help it expand its offering.

Customers can now shop online for a wide range of gift hampers, which include some of the deli’s most popular treats, as well as a selection of the Larder’s best-selling wine, beer and spirits.

Zoom has become a mainstay in households throughout the world, and Jen has created the ideal party pack for your quiz, online date or celebration.

Jen, who moved to Corbridge from Scotland more than 30 years ago, explains: “Zoom parties have become a massive trend this year.

“The idea behind our party bags is that each person at the Zoom party gets a bag and everyone can enjoy their drinks and snacks together. They’re perfect as an alternative to all those cancelled office parties or Christmas family get-togethers.”

Corbridge Larder has also launched a virtual shopping service, where customers can book a Zoom slot to ‘walk’ around the shop remotely, with a member of the Larder team helping them pick out the items they’d like.

Jen added: “Thanks to the social distancing measures we’ve put in place in the shop, we managed to stay open throughout the latest lockdown (although the café has had to change to a takeaway-only service).

“But with many of our customers particularly vulnerable, we realised there would still be some who were uncomfortable heading out to the shops.”

The Larder has also launched a Covid-safe Private Shopping Experience, where household bubbles can book an exclusive evening shopping slot and have the deli to themselves, browsing around at their leisure and enjoying a complimentary glass of wine.

Shop online at: www.corbridgelarder.co.uk.