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

  • Cumberland Honey Mustards

    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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Nettle and Ricotta Gnocchi

Nettle and Ricotta Gnocchi

Apr 29, 2018 | No Comments

Nettles are rich in vitamin C and iron and are plentiful at this time of year. Any recipe using spinach can be made by replacing with nettles.

These …

UPDATE: 25th May: Front Street is now open to through traffic

UPDATE: 25th May: Front Street is now open to through traffic

Apr 8, 2018 | No Comments

Come and enjoy the tranquillity of a beautiful historic town without traffic! Roadworks mean that …

Simnel Cake for Easter: Recipe

Simnel Cake for Easter: Recipe

Mar 20, 2018 | No Comments

Simnel cake is traditionally eaten at Easter. It is a light fruit cake with the added bonus of a layer of cooked marzipan in the middle that gives it a …

#SNOW2018: We are open

#SNOW2018: We are open

Mar 1, 2018 | No Comments

Alston Wholefoods open for customers during the extreme weather

Thanks to the sterling work of our Co-op members, Tommy …

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
Alston Wholefoods is a fantastic grocer and deli.
Sunday Times, 2017