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“I often get accused of being over competitive - I don't hide it nor will I ever deny it. My motivation has never been money, (I gave up a career in the wine trade to open a food business!) I am undoubtedly a self-confessed perfectionist when it comes to food. That means our coleslaw must be cut (just how I like it) by hand. It means that I am incredibly discerning when it comes to our produce suppliers. It also means that each and every lunch served by a member of my team must be one they would be proud to serve to their parents.

My ethos is simple and my objective is clear. Lunch will provide the best value food per pound in Colchester. If there is somewhere else achieving that, I have failed.

I don't want Lunch to appeal to a specific demographic and I don't aim for a particular target audience. Our regular customers range from 16-70 years of age, their professions vary and they are as likely to be to male as they are female. Good food does not discriminate and my goal is that our reputation ensures that everybody wants to pay Lunch a visit.

The menu on our website explains our diverse range of food but it cannot explain the desire behind it all. I love my town, it is not an easy place for a food business to succeed and yet we’ve been here since 2006. The greater the competition the harder I try!

I cannot write about Lunch without mentioning Tope my Shop Manager. He gave up a steady job to work for me and has been there through thick and thin. It is only now that we are both beginning to see the fruits of our labour and whilst I might be the creative one he is without a doubt the shop’s engine room.”

Paul Lancaster

Charlotte Hooks-Hales Charlotte Hooks-Hales, Hiscox

We have used Lunch's services for the last six years. Lunch provide all our catering services, including a sandwich trolley around the office, for staff who aren't always able to leave during the working day. Lunch have always done their upmost to meet all our requirements, including last minute orders. One of the best things about their service, is that they are a local provider and they are very personable. All the team are friendly and happy to go the extra mile and we enjoy working with them.

Scarlet Milne Scarlet Milne, Spicer Haart

Lunch have been brilliant with all of our company orders from the very beginning. Not only do they drive to our office daily with a selection of sandwiches for our team to buy, but they also deal with all of our lunch platters too. Their sandwiches are always fresh and they are able to make up anything we need, even if it isn't on the menu, which is ideal for us when catering for large meetings. We have had accounts with other local sandwich shops in the past but Lunch have always come up top for us. Fantastic service and a brilliant team.

Carla Barron Carla Barron, Thompson, Smith and Puxon

The food is consistently high quality and the portions are always very generous whether it be for a small lunch or a large function. Staff in the office are always crossing their fingers for function leftovers! Paul and Tope are a pleasure to deal with and no request is ever too much – Thank you!

Nicola Reynolds Nicola Reynolds, Esposito McLean

Lunch has supplied us with our buffet for all of our monthly meetings, they provide wonderfully fresh and delicious food which is always excellent value for money. We won't use anyone else, outstanding!


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