Philip Seldon, proprietor and owner of The Larder, has died suddenly at the age of 60. His shop on Wellington’s Fore St was a mecca for everyone who loved cheese – as Phil himself did so much. He could never cut you a pound of cheddar without a morsel for himself.
Phil was never happier than driving around the Somerset hills buying cheese direct from the farmers. His eye for an overseas bargain meant that French cheeses were offered at prices few other shops could match.
He developed his financial skills as an auditor for the Co-op. When offered redundancy 20 years ago Phil seized the chance and became Wellington’s favourite grocer. Bearded and funny, he was a large man in every sense of the word.
Phil was taken ill suddenly at his home in Wellington on Wednesday and died despite medical help being quickly on the scene. The Larder was open as usual today, it was what he’d have wanted said Denise behind the counter.
Our condolences to his family. We will post funeral details on Around Wellington in due course.