All Things Nice is a deli and cafe in Marple. When we first moved into the area almost six years ago, there was no dedicated delicatessen in the town. Your choices were
whatever exotica the local butchers or bakers offered or the deli counter in the co-operative supermarket (no bad thing) but since then we have had Toast, which started on Market Street as an upmarket cafe with a limited but interesting deli range before growing into more extensive premises on Derby Way, Deli Select on Hollins Lane which sadly did not survive and latterly , All Things Nice, a little off the beaten track on Church Lane.
Richard Morris, the chef/proprietor and his team are consummate professionals with
a businesslike approach. They started with a good range in the deli itself offering consistent cheeses and charcuterie at fair prices, bearing in mind the quality of the produce. The cafe area of some 22 covers initially offered tea , coffee and cakes with a small range of sandwiches, savouries and light bites. As the business has grown, they have increased the range of food on offer during the day to include more substantial plates of food.
We called on Thursday and the OH enjoyed a very good home made cheeseburger with triple cooked chips, salad and coleslaw, whilst I tried the charcuterie plate which had very
good Serrano ham, wild boar salami with a hearty wedge of Tomme de Savoie cheese served with bread, salad, coleslaw and excellent olives. Tea and a very good coffee and the
bill was just short of £18. Good value considering the ingredients of the two meals.
As we waited to pay, another chef came downstairs with a bowl of mixed nuts for the counter which he had just toasted with some chilli, szeuchan peppercorns and a “secret ingredient” which he handed round. A small thing in itself but it said a lot about the
enthusiasm (I have avoided using the cliche passion deliberately) for food in this great little place.
All Things Nice also puts on on themed food evenings once a month to which you can bring your own wine as the corkage is built into the slightly higher price for the food. We booked for a Taste of the Mediterranean in September.