‘Little D’ opens deli at Dunkirk

Donna Lambert inside her new deli behind Dunkirk Hall in Leyland
Donna Lambert inside her new deli behind Dunkirk Hall in Leyland
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A Leyland landlady is pursuing another dream of hers after opening a deli and ice cream shop - in a garage behind her pub.

Donna Lambert, 29, runs Dunkirk Hall on Dunkirk Lane with boyfriend Nick Cadwallader, 28.

Now, she’s branching out and has opened Little d’s at Dunkirk Hall, selling ice cream, chutneys, cheese, sweets and other produce, all sourced from around Lancashire.

She said: “It came about because we recently launched our new summer menu in the pub, and we really wanted to focus on stocking fruit, veg, meat and other food from local suppliers.

“I thought it would be a good idea to start selling the produce from a shop too, like the chutneys we use in our starters.

“We looked around and headed towards Leyland town centre initially, but the rents were too high.

“Then I started to consider turning the garage into a shop.

“It was just used for storage, so we gave it a lick of paint and it’s perfect now.”

Donna and Nick previously worked in car sales, and wanted to try doing something on their own.

The couple took over the pub, which is a listed building, two years ago, and want to use the new deli as an extra business.

Donna said: “We hope people will visit the pub and then come to the deli, or the other way round, but we also want to give the impression that it is a separate business.

“We have tables and chairs outside the deli, so people can spend a bit of time here enjoying their ice-creams.”

She hopes the venture will be a success, and says that running a pub can be difficult at times.

“Things are going well at the moment,” she said. “The nice weather really helps, and I think people prefer to spend their money in the local community, so we’re getting a lot of support.

“It is hard running your own business though, and you can’t really compete with the likes of Wetherspoons or supermarkets, so that’s why you need to give people a real reason to go out and spend their money on what you have to offer.

“We feel we’ve got something a bit different and interesting at the Dunkirk now.”