Sunderland deli Juniper’s Pantry is shutting up shop

David Gill at Juniper's Pantry in Barnes, which is closing.
David Gill at Juniper's Pantry in Barnes, which is closing.
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A popular deli is shutting its doors after four years of business.

Tomorrow will be the last day of trading at Juniper’s Pantry in Barnes.

It comes six weeks after the owners closed the deli’s sister shop in Sea Road, Fulwell.

Instead, the deli and catering facilities will now be based at The Cavalier, Silksworth.

Juniper’s Pantry owner David Gill took over the pub kitchen earlier this year, and says it was becoming impractical to run three kitchens across the city.

“We will be condensing the two other shops at The Cavalier,” he said. “We will still be offering the deli and cafe offering, just in the conservatory at the pub.

“Everything is home-made and it just wasn’t practical running around the three venues all day and transporting it left, right and centre, when we can do everything from the kitchen here.”

David says the original Juniper’s Pantry, which opened to much fanfare in 2011, had a number of site issues including a lack of customer toilets and the introduction of parking charges in the nearby Barnes pub for non-pub customers.

“I did my last supper club in Barnes the other night and I was a bit gutted. It will be sad to see it shut,” said Dave, who was renting the property in Silksworth Lane.

“But customers will still get the same offering of hampers and Sunday dinner deliveries, which are really popular, that won’t change.

“It just means when customers sit in they can do so in more comfortable surroundings with plenty of free parking. We can also take card payments, which was another issue for people.”