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Meet Rory McNamara: Retail Supervisor & Foodhall Expert

Tell us a little bit about your role here at Restoration Yard?

I’m part of the retail team here in the store, with a particular focus on our incredible foodhall. It’s a really exciting place to be at the moment as it’s growing fast and we’re always discovering new and exciting products!

We’re also in the process of further developing our own range of Restoration Yard products (you may have spotted some of our delicious biscuits, jams, marmalades and colour-changing gin) which sees us scour the country for the highest quality suppliers and ingredients to produce something a little different to the norm.

What do you love most about your role?

Every day is completely different!

I love going to trade shows and having suppliers come to visit us here at Restoration Yard. It’s a great opportunity to discover and sample amazing new products, but also really interesting to meet the people behind the brands and hear the incredible stories behind their creations.

Obviously another great thing about working here is the beautiful setting! You feel completely transported the second you walk through the park gates and everyone here is so lovely and passionate about what they do.

Rory’s foodhall favourites…

Rory has quickly become our go-to person for the inside scoop on all the latest food & drink products, so we asked him to share his current foodhall favourites…

1. Olives Et Al Dressings

These delicious dressings are SO versatile, you can add them to almost anything!

Perfect stirred into soured cream with smoked salmon or try something a little different by stirring some into hummus for a refreshing dip.

Olives Et Al Punchy Beetroot & Thyme Dressing and Marinade, £4.95.

2. Diforti Aragostine

Ask the RY team and they’ll probably all tell you this is their favourite item in the foodhall!

Delicious flaky pastry filled with cream – I love ‘hazelnut chocolate’ but the lemon, white chocolate and pistachio flavours are all equally amazing. Total heaven.

Diforti Aragostine Hazelnut Chocolate, £3.50.

3. Supernature Infused Rapeseed Oils

I love to use a dash of this garlic-infused garlic oil in stir fries for a little extra flavour. I also get a huge buzz from the fact that it’s grown and produced from fields only a few miles away in Gorebridge.

Supernature Garlic Infused Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil, £2.95.

4. Cocoba Chocolate Truffles

Words simply can’t explain how heavenly these truffles are. PLEASE TRY THEM! Your world will never be the same again.

Cocoba Cocoa Dusted Raspberry Truffles, £7.50.

5. Born in the Borders Beer

I love the ‘plough-to-pint’ ethos behind this multi-award winning microbrewery. All their beers are created using barley grown in neighbouring fields and they also run a unique project called Wild Harvest, which uses locally foraged ingredients to flavour a separate range of beers.

Born in the Borders ‘Gold Dust’, ‘Dark Horse’ and ‘Foxy Blonde’ Beers, £2.95 each.

6. Restoration Yard

We’ve put a lot of love in to our own brand of products, sourcing only the highest quality ingredients to create unique recipes.

These ‘Highlanders’ have always been a favourite – they’re a real staple to have in the house for tea-time!

Restoration Yard Highlanders, £3.25, and Whisky Marmalade £4.95.

7. The Bonnie Sauce Co.

If you like spice then you’ll love the entire Bonnie Sauce Co range. A good splash of ‘Jalapeno & Lime’ adds an extra kick to burritos, wraps and curries.

The Bonnie Sauce Co. Hot Sauces, £5.95, and Set of Four, £19.95.

8. Olives Et Al Pitted Olives

I wasn’t a fan of olives until the incredible team behind Olives et al came to Restoration Yard for one of our popular ‘Meet the Maker’ events. They managed to convince me to sample their ‘Lemon & Coriander’ pitted olives and I’ve been addicted ever since!

Olives Et Al Pitted Green Olives – Lemon & Coriander and Chilli & Garlic, £4.75.

9. Old Curiosity Gin

I love that each bottle is concocted and distilled just a few minutes from Dalkeith, using naturally grown herbs from The Secret Herb Garden. Did I mention it changes colour when you pour in tonic? Genius.

Old Curiosity Apothecary Rose Colour-Changing Gin, £35.00.