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    We are open 7 days a week. We accept credit and debit cards. We are a workers' co-operative.

  • We are proud to offer an enormous range of locally produced food. Find out more.

  • More than 40 kinds of cheese, many of them made locally.

  • We stock special dietry foods, including gluten, dairy and sugar free. Read about the full range.

  • We offer a range of eco-friendly everyday household cleaning materials, toiletries and herbal remedies.

Alston Wholefoods, in the centre of the town, is a general grocer and delicatessen, which prides itself upon offering a wide range of local, regional, organic, fairtrade and special dietary foods. It is renowned especially for its stock of cheeses. Established in 1998, it is a workers' co-operative.

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Feb 9, 2017 | No Comments

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As an ethical grocer and delicatessen, we are dedicated to supplying carefully sourced, quality products at reasonable prices. …

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Feb 9, 2017 | No Comments

Snow is on the way. Time for luxuriously spiced hot chocolate.

We sell cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods and whole nutmeg. If you use our Montezuma …

Spiced Pears with Ginger Wine

Spiced Pears with Ginger Wine

Feb 9, 2017 | No Comments

A wonderfully rich and warmly spiced dish of pears poached in ginger wine. Definitely hygge food.

Apart from the pears we sell everything you need, …

Enjoy Hygge

Enjoy Hygge

Jan 7, 2017 | No Comments

This winter we are indulging in hygge with recipes (see below) and our new window display. Hygge is Danish word, pronounced “heurgha”, that defies …

What our customers say

Have to say that @AlstonWholefood is one of the most fantastic food shops I've ever visited – it would make Nigella weep with joy.
@Lindabell15 in Glasgow

@AlstonWholefood What a wonderful store! You make it easy and delicious to shop local.
Keith ‏@Garrigill2040
This shop is an absolute treasure – so much to choose from – excellent cheeses. I particularly love it when you look at an 'exotic' recipe and you think "oh yes, I'll make that today", knowing you can get all that you require to do so here in Alston.
Pat in Alston
In my experience, no shop has rivalled Alston Wholefoods for its range of organic, fair-trade and locally produced food, whist never forgetting that meals should be enjoyable too.
Martin in Whitfield