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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.

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

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

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    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.

News | Offers | Events | Recipes

New Poster to Promote our Local Cheeses

New Poster to Promote our Local Cheeses

Aug 20, 2016 | No Comments

The names of our local cheeses are so evocative of our magnificent historic landscape and redolent with happy …

Summer Drinks + Recipes

Summer Drinks + Recipes

Aug 14, 2016 | 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 …

Chicken with Thyme, Olives and Garlic

Chicken with Thyme, Olives and Garlic

Aug 12, 2016 | No Comments

This recipe is from Simple French Cuisine by Jenny Baker. It is ready in less than an hour and is …

How many of these local cheeses do you know?

How many of these local cheeses do you know?

Aug 3, 2016 | No Comments

We support as many of our local cheese-makers as possible – and many of these cheeses have won awards over the …

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