The family behind a popular Weymouth restaurant have opened a new deli in the town centre - and will be creating jobs in the process.

Jason Hall is the owner and chef of Hall’s Kitchen on St Mary Street which he runs alongside his daughter Daisy.

The pair are now embarking on a new business venture on Maiden Street, transforming a sandwich shop which they were running.

Dorset Echo: Daisy Hall (centre) with the new service staffDaisy Hall (centre) with the new service staff (Image: Hall's)

They have been running the much-loved Picknics sandwich shop for three years and have now made the big decision ‘to start up a nice little deli and do something more premier.’

The new business is looking to employ around six new full and part-time members of staff, with two familiar faces remaining from Picknics.

Dorset Echo: Father and daughter team Jason and Daisy HallFather and daughter team Jason and Daisy Hall (Image: Major PR)

Jason said: “We just thought it was time for a change and that we could do something that was a bit unusual for the town.

“We are really excited; we believe that it’s something that Weymouth needs, something just that little bit different and that’s not to say that we didn’t believe in Picknics – we did – but times move on.”

Hall's Deli opened earlier this week, offering toasties, bagels, sandwiches and hot food for people to take away.

Dorset Echo: Inside the deliInside the deli (Image: Hall's)Some of the menu items were inspired by the foods that you would find at Brick Lane market in London, including the ‘salt beef bagel’ which Jason explained people ‘queue for,’ as well as The Brick Lane which features smoked salmon, cream cheese, beef tomato, red onion and capers.

The business will be sourcing their products from a mixture of local businesses including Craig’s Farm Dairy in Osmington and The Real Cure charcuterie company in Shaftesbury, as well as worldwide products.

Jason added: “You will be able to buy stuff in here that you can’t buy anywhere else, it’s restaurant quality food at takeaway prices.”

The chef has been in the food trade since his youth, explaining that he ‘went to catering college in Weymouth and then travelled with it for years and years and then got a restaurant locally.’

He previously owned Swansons, which is now The Gurkha at the Swannery and also worked at Floods.

Dorset Echo: Menu itemsMenu items (Image: Hall's)

Jason has also travelled with his job, working as a private chef in the Alps, as well as doing event catering which saw him travelling and acting as a private chef for bands like Little Mix, as well as for Formula 1.

With plenty of opportunities to take the business outside of Weymouth, Jason wanted to stay saying: "We are Weymouth people and this is where we belong. We believe that Weymouth deserves something in its town centre. Weymouth to me is not all about the big chains, the ones that are keeping the town centre thriving are the independents."

Dorset Echo: Menu itemsMenu items (Image: Hall's)

There is very much a family ethos to the business.

Jason said: “My daughter has lots of hospitality experience, she has worked on Hayman Island.  She’s always had a passion for good quality food and she’s got an artistic eye and she’s in charge of the finances.

“It’s not just me and my daughter that make the decisions, we all look at it.

“My daughter-in-law Rosie is in charge of the admin side of the businesses – it’s very much a family affair. My mum does the cleaning, my son has helped with the website design.”

Dorset Echo: Menu itemsMenu items (Image: Hall's)

Hall’s Deli will also offer a range of gluten free breads, as well as vegan and vegetarian options – with everything handmade in store.