N H Creber Ltd was established in 1881 by Rob Creber’s great grandfather John Carter. John married Mary Geake and they had Winifred Anne, Rob’s grandmother. In those days it was known as Carters stores and was a real old-fashioned grocers.
Winifred married Henry Creber and under her guidance it grew. Their son Norman, Rob’s father took over until the early 1970s when Rob came into the business and carried on after having a spell in London with Harrods and Jacksons of Piccadilly. In 1989, Crebers won “Delicatessen of the Year”.
Crebers were the first and only to roast coffee in the town, and were the first to have refrigeration in the town.
It is with the ethos of “quality and service” that Crebers traded in the old days, and they still do today. Now they are a “deli” rather than a “grocer” and concentrate heavily on fresh food especially that made in their own kitchens, such as pates and terrines, salads, scotch eggs, pork pies, cooked hams and cooked meats, and “home cured” bacon. Their smoked salmon is second to none!
Crebers believe their deli is unique as they use all their own recipes, and do not use preservatives or chemical additives or any other such “nasties”.
They produce hampers to suit individual requirements, so customers can have packed what the recipient would like, not what they want to sell them!
Crebers is well worth a look, even if it’s just to enjoy the old-fashioned charm of the surroundings and browse the culinary treasures that pack the wooden shelves.
“I hope you will be pleasantly surprised at the fact that we are a real deli with high quality and keen prices,” says Rob. “We are really not expensive and in many cases our prices are well below supermarkets for a superior product!”
Crebers, 48 Brook Street, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0BH
Tel: 01822 612266
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.