our story

Ginger Fig really is the culmination of a childhood dream. Back in the 1960s my father was involved with the retail trade and I was forever playing shop with the props and advertising material he brought home. Later I spent 25 years honing and perfecting my shopping skills all over London, but never imagined that one day I would have my own lovely shop...

My partner and I moved to Taunton, and in October 2007 Ginger Fig opened!  I wanted to make it the sort of shop my friends and I would love to visit and I’m proud to say we have a huge number of loyal and regular customers.

Then in January 2008 Ginger Fig gallery opened. The intention was always to provide a showcase for local artists and highly skilled craftspeople, with a particular emphasis on new and emerging artists.

Apart from myself there is Tina, who knows where EVERYTHING is and Molly and Jilly who mostly work on Saturdays.

Catherine Esbester



Here I am, reluctantly in front of the camera rather than behind it! And below is my dear old Dad who inspired me to make the Ginger Fig journey.



Tina is, in the words of Mary Poppins’ magical tape measure ‘practically perfect in every way’… or so she told me to say. Seriously, I don’t know where I would be without her.



Jilly, formerly a (volunteer) backing dancer on Top of the Pops, loves stitching and working at Ginger Fig at the weekends in equal measures.


Molly is our in-house art student, loves chocolate and dancing and working at Ginger Fig at the weekends.

Dear Old Dad