Chef urges support of small local business

The husband and wife team behind award-winning Edinburgh restaurant Fhior are setting up an online store with a delivery scheme to help connect the public with their supplier network and support the people behind them.

Scott and Laura Smith have set up an online shop and delivery service in a matter of days in order to give a lifeline to their network of small suppliers and to keep their staff in employment.

They will offer deliveries of bread, meat, flour, pasta, milk and other produce.

The couple are closing Fhior restaurant but hope that by diversifying into deliveries they can promote the special produce they use and love, and also keep their own staff in employment. They plan to give profits made from this to support other small businesses who have been hit by Coronavirus, to get them back on their feet.

In addition to selling and delivering produce to people’s doors, Fhior will also offer a range of nourishing, wholesome meals made from fresh ingredients to be enjoyed at home (suitable for GF, DF, vegetarian and vegan diets).

Covering the Edinburgh area, the delivery service will also offer household goods such as a natural hand sanitiser made at Edinburgh’s Secret Herb Garden, toilet paper and soap.

Scott, chef and owner of Fhior, said: ‘Our business has built its reputation on the quality produce from our network of suppliers who, like us and so many others, are now struggling to keep their small businesses going. We’re asking people to consider supporting the businesses local to you as an alternative to purchasing via big supply chains and through supermarkets. If we don’t, many small suppliers are going to cease to exist very quickly. We are also offering nourishing, wholesome meals to be enjoyed at home and will be putting the usual Fhior care and attention into this.’

The restaurant has also launched its own ‘social distancing’ takeaway menu offering the type of lunch dishes Fhior fans are familiar with.

Just 15 minutes order time is required for the menu which features their homemade beremeal sourdough bread and fresh, cultured butter. Fhior’s selection of carefully selected wines, beers and soft drinks will also be available.

No-contact collection measures will be adhered to, and dishes will be available for collection between 5-9pm, 7 days a week. Card payments will be taken only.

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