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Ceci Paolo is a food, culinary and lifestyle emporium with Mediterranean and Oriental flavours based in the charming, historic market town of Ledbury, Herefordshire. Housed in a revitalised 16th Century timbered building, the store has paved the way for the establishment in the town of a fine collection of individual, “real” shops, attracting visitors from far and wide. The business was founded and designed by Patricia Harrison, an Australian who has worked internationally for over 30 years, but whose life-long dream was to open a shop. The store has many inspirations - from the eclectic shops of the long-gone Rowe Street in the Sydney of the '50s and '60s and the Japanese Trade Centre in Sydney that awakened a love of Japanese design and sensibilities - to those fantastic stores, Valvona and Crolla in Edinburgh and Books for Cooks in London. The store is dedicated to celebrating and sharing her love and enjoyment of food, wine, clothing and beautiful, stylish but useful objects for the home. And, while these objects may appear to be an eclectic mix, they all derive from Patricia's passion, practicality, good taste, integrity and vision.

Jump To: Delicatessen; Books; Kitchen, Home and Lifestyle; Clothing and Accessories; Oriental Style.


Delicatessen
Specialising in Mediterranean & Oriental ingredients, bought fresh and seasonally, as well as hard-to-find ingredients, coupled with advice on how to use them. All products are carefully selected from only the best and often small producers. You will find everything from hand-made tarts and cakes to melt-in-your-mouth buffalo mozzarella; newly picked Sicilian fruit and vegetables and fresh Thai spices; around 30 mainly artisanal cheeses; cured meats; organic breads; salad leaves and herbs grown locally; and the best there is to offer in olive oils and a carefully selected range of Italian, Australian and New Zealand wines.

Books
There is nothing quite like browsing through cookery books when there is cooking in the air. Our cookery books (with well over 1,000 titles) are personally chosen to reflect our particular areas of interest both geographically (Britain, the Mediterranean, Middle East, North Africa, South East Asia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand) and by subject matter (baking, vegetarian, cooking for friends, fast healthy food for busy people, slow food……). We also try to keep on the shelves the entire repertoire of those cookery writers whom we believe produce "classics". The book selection also covers wine as well as lifestyle along Mediterranean and Oriental themes.

Kitchen, Home and Lifestyle
Together with "The Kitchen Cupboard", a speciality cookware shop that shares our building, we stock everything you could need for your kitchen under one roof. The wide range of electrical equipment for both domestic and semi-professional kitchens features only the very best brands - Amana, Cuisinart, Dualit, KitchenAid, Magimix, Maytag, Siemens. With one of the best collections around of espresso coffee makers - think Gaggia, Jura, KitchenAid, Magimix Nespresso, Saeco and Siemens - we also offer everything for coffee fanatics from state-of-the-art machines to advice on the best coffee to use.

The table top is well catered for with Riedel glassware and ceramics from local designers as well as Burma, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. Kitchenware is strongly design-based, drawing predominantly on the best Scandinavian, Australian, German, British, American, Italian and Japanese designers. Products for shopping, travel, work and play all have their own sections. With storage such an important part of our busy and cluttered lives, Reisenthel Accessoires offers a huge range of practical, ecofriendly and reasonably priced solutions. Gifts are well thought-out and unusual whether they're stationery, gadgets or just plain good ideas. The product selection is always evolving and provides constant interest for customers.

Clothing and Accessories
The exquisite clothes ranges have several things in common – they are stylish, comfortable, generous, exceptionally well-made, mainly in natural fabrics, and, being designed for real people, are fashionable while at the same time being beyond fashion. Brands include eskandar, Joyce Ridings, Yacco Maricard, Elemente Clemente, Flax, Backstage and Australian designers, Kathleen Berney and Kerry Grima. To complement the clothes there are great accessories, such as delicate silk shawls, stunning bags, shoes and jewellery, mainly one-off pieces made by artisanal jewellery designers. A small collection of menswear is a recent addition to the range.

Oriental Style
A unique collection of antique and modern Japanese and Chinese furniture, screens, kimono, pictures and smaller pieces intermingles with the clothing. Classic and modern FLOS lighting, as well as oriental lanterns, illuminate the store and are all available to buy.


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