On our social platforms we like to run a Member Spotlight every week or two, highlighting the fantastic local businesses we have within our membership and town. We thought it would be a great opportunity to do the same on here too, but venture into more detail.
Historic, family business
Emerson & West have had a presence in town since 1886, so almost 135 years serving Market Harborough and beyond, which is no mean feat in modern retail. Impressively, the business is still family run, and currently in its fifth generation of the West family. It is a multi-faceted business, producing beautiful fine foods for B2B and B2C customers alike.
Originally based in the High Street at number 11, now home to Monsoon, directly opposite the church – you couldn’t BE more Market Harborough than that! In more recent times they have been located on Northampton Road, which is the base for their delicatessen, bakery & restaurant.
Downstairs is the deli, home to a vibrant array of jams, pickles, biscuits, drinks, local gins & ciders, oils and store cupboard essentials. Alongside this is their unique and well-renowned bakery. Producing artisan breads, cakes, pastries and award-winning Melton Mowbray pork pies that have been adored by generations of local families alike. Famous for their hot and cold sandwiches, there’s nothing better than a filled pork, crackling, stuffing and apple roll on a cold winter’s day.
Their cheese counter is also a sight to behold, with the finest selections of local, British and Continental cheeses to be found locally.
Above the deli is where Emerson & West’s heritage really comes into its own, the vast space is steeped in tradition; a warming nod to the family’s presence in town. The family created its now famous range of Harborough Cheesecakes back in 1886, and still follow this recipe today! This traditional tearoom serves beautiful homemade and locally sourced products and is a lovely place to escape the world for an hour or so if you need to. The gentile setting creates a very calming atmosphere.
The other significant side to Emerson’s business is their event outside catering. They have a well trusted reputation for providing catering at all levels. Whether you’re looking to entertain at home, organise an event for family & friends, plan a relaxed vintage-style tipi wedding, or have a stately home wedding with full silver service wedding, then Emerson & West can provide all the support you need.
They also specialise in corporate hospitality, so catering for an event to serve your clients with fine food and exceptional service is well within their remit. Whether you’re hosting a launch party, business meeting, office party or gala dinner, then Emerson’s have an extremely credible reputation that proceeds them.
The recent Coronavirus outbreak has brought about challenges even to the most established of businesses. Whilst we’re sure the events side of the business must be paused presently, Emerson’s have proven their care for serving the district by continuing to provide necessities both from their Market Harborough shop, but also opened a pop-up shop in Husband’s Bosworth. Son, Stuart West, is providing a much-needed lifeline to villagers with a pop-up deli from his garage and driveway.
Just proving it’s this kind of customer care that has kept them in business for 100+ years!
We’re delighted that such an established and well-respected member of both the local and business community is part of our Chamber membership. They must have experienced so much over their 134-year history that we can all look to them for advice, guidance and inspiration. Growing, adapting and nurturing the business over such a long retail period is something to be proud of, and we in turn are very proud to have them as part of our team.