Having read and enjoyed your magazine since the first issue, I thought it was time I wrote in and recommended a fantastic local deli. H.Gunton Ltd, based in Colchester, Essex, is something of a fixture in this town,having been in business since the 30's, it is the real deal, stocking all kinds of local goodsincluding Wilkin's Jam, Carter's Vineyard Wines, Suffolk Farmhouse cheeses and Wicks Manor Pork. Despite the appearance of a Tesco Express opposite, Guntons is still managing to hold its own by providing a wide range of items you just don't find in a supermarket, along withfriendly efficient service and a lovely little coffee shop upstairs. If any readers are in the area, I urge you to go and visit; if not, seek out your own local deli and and give it your support!
James Marks, Colchester 2009
Taken from letters pages Great British Food Magazine.
Hi, I received my parcel today and was really impressed.
Everything was well packaged and I was surprised to find cool packs.
Thanks for your professional service. Much appreciated.
Thanks you for my jars of honey which arrived safely yesterday. I have purchased things from you on line on several occasions now and I would like to congratulate you on your efficiency both as regards packing and the speed that you get an order processed and sent out. Well done all of you. I wish I lived nearer so that I could come and visit you, your shop looks absolutely fascinating from rotating view on the website.
Excellent Service and Personal Service
Just a line to thank you for receipt of my recent order.
As usual, excellent service with a personal touch! Goods arrived in excellent condition as well.
Always pleased when the postage is less than originally anticipated too!
With many thanks and all best wishes,
PS the Smoked Stilton is delicious!
Will Order Again...
Parcel arrived today, many thanks for prompt delivery, my wife is delighted. Will order again soon.
Deli of the Year Comments
Friendly, helpful, knowledeable staff, a magical experience at Christmas and a treasure trove of food delights all year round.
Wonderful cheese selection. Excellent personal service. Comprehensive knowledge of extensive and imaginative stock. Always a pleasure to shop at Guntons.
A wonderful store with a touch of times gone by who stock wonderful produce at good prices and lovely friendly staff.
A consistentlywide range of great produce (with emphasis on local producers), backed up by a friendly, personal service.
A veritable array of goodies and delights. An aladdin's cave for the palate, Love it!
Superb old fashioned service but up to date products and competetive pricing. 4th generation Guntons working there.
A family store of great history which has moved with the times as well as adhering to old fashioned standards of quality and ambience, serving locally sourced excellent foodstuffs
Always very helpful and have a vast range of products, if you cannot find something anywhere else you can usually get it at Guntons. Superb teas and coffee range.
Superb personal service; amazing range of cheeses; but most of all, a cornerstone of the local community providing a link with the past and a meeting place in the present.
As a regular customer, I have never been disappointed - neither by the quality of their food nor by the quality of their customer service.
Good quality, good service and good prices. Save time and go here first for excellent choice and quality.
I have been using Guntons for around 45 years and love the place and the people. The quirky coffee shop on the first floor is wonderful.
Lovely old fashioned deli with excellent range of products and hard to find items. Lovely cheeses and coffee and great staff.