Polish food in london

Jo: London has a large Polish community and even though these Polish people are
Living in British society, they still really want to eat traditional Polish food. As
A result, there are lots of Polish shops and delis all over London. One of these
Shops is ‘Polish Specialities’ in West London and we went along to find out
More. I’m Jo Reffin and this is London Life from bbclearningenglish. com.
So first things first – what is a deli? Well, deli is short for delicatessen and it’s
A shop selling things like cheese and cold meats, often unusual cheeses and
Meats from other countries – in this case, Poland! We spoke to manager Magda
Harvey who told us how successful the business is. Listen out for a word that
Means the business has grown a lot.
Magda Harvey
The business has grown tremendously. We didn’t expect such a huge boom. Our turnover has
Grown almost ten times since May

2004.
Jo: The business has grown tremendously – the business has really grown a lot.
Tremendously. Magda says they didn’t expect such a huge boom. ‘Huge boom’
Means really big success in a business or commerce. It means a fast increase or
Development has happened – a huge boom. And she says their turnover has
Grown ten times since May 2004. The turnover of a business is the amount of
Goods they sell – so her shop is now selling ten times more than it did in May
2004. Now May 2004 is an important date because it was when Poland became
A member of the European Union. This meant that Polish people could move
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Around Europe to live and work much more easily than before. It was around
That time that thousands of Poles, Polish people came to the UK.
So who made Magda want to start this business in the first place?
Magda Harvey
Well friends of mine they encouraged me to open this shop – we thought the location was
Perfect – we’re right next to the Polish Centre. As there wasn’t any proper wholesaler here
And we couldn’t buy everything in England, we decided to open the warehouse and start
Supplying other shops.
Jo: Magda’s friends encouraged her to start the business, to open the shop for a
Couple of reasons. Firstly the location was perfect – it was in a very good place.
A location. The shop is next to the Polish Centre which a lot of Poles visit so
They would of course come into the shop for food too. And there wasn’t a
Proper wholesaler in London. A wholesaler is someone who buys goods and
Sells them to smaller shops, which is what Magda now does. She has lots of
Polish goods and sells them to other small businesses selling speciality Polish
Food. She opened a warehouse – a large building to store or keep the goods in
And started supplying other shops – supplying here means she is selling goods
To other shops. So why is it that Polish people are so keen to buy Polish food?
Magda Harvey
I don’t think there are many countries in the world which are still producing their sausages,
Hams and meats in the traditional way. We don’t use many preserves
Jo: Magda says other countries don’t produce meat in the traditional way that they
Do in Poland. It’s different because they don’t use many preservatives. Magda
Said ‘preserves’ but the correct English word is ‘preservatives’. To preserve
Means to keep, and preservatives are put into food to make them last longer. So
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Polish food in london