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

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    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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Summer Drinks + Recipes

Summer Drinks + Recipes

Jul 9, 2018 | No Comments

We offer a wide range of drinks for summer, including ready-to-drink bottles of Fentimans (made in Hexham), pressés from Belvoir Fruit Farm, fruit and …

Linguine with Mushrooms, Lemon, Garlic and Thyme

Linguine with Mushrooms, Lemon, Garlic and Thyme

Jun 10, 2018 | No Comments

This recipe is one of Nigella Lawson’s favourites. It is very quick and easy to make. The mushrooms also make a …

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 …

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