Stepping into The Little Grocer is like opening the door to your own ideal pantry – where the shelves are always full and the essentials you need sit snugly next to the luxuries you want.
Due to council restrictions the shop must be classified as a convenience store, but for owner Caroline Buddle that wasn’t a problem. “I can do convenience,” she says smilingly. “I can do convenience very nicely.”
Buddle spent nine months sourcing the best of the best from local suppliers. As such, there’s fresh produce and herbs from Jones the Grocer, meats and smallgoods from butcher Peter Bouchier, bread from Vue De Monde, brownies from Cooper and Milla’s and Jonsey’s milk. Nearly 90 per cent of the produce is sourced locally.
For those nights when all you want is a home-cooked meal but your strapped for time or the thought of cooking is all too hard, there’s also a selection of readymade meals including beef and Guinness pies, chicken curries and homemade apple crumbles. “We make everything very simple. You just point, pay and heat,” says Buddle. “Everything is ready for immediate consumption.”
A simple but smart fit out by interiors stylist Nikki Green and a charming, ever-changing window display by Amelia Lackmann featuring select groceries on offer makes good use of the limited space available.
The Little Grocer is a welcome new addition to the backstreets of Armadale and a great place to pick up some dinner while you wait for a table at their next door neighbour, Coin Laundry.
The Little Grocer
59a Armadale Street, Armadale
Sat & Sun 9am–4pm
Please note The Little Grocer is closed between 3pm and 5pm Monday to Friday.