Based in Alston, England’s highest market town and at the heart of the North Pennines AONB, we run a small specialist wholefood shop and delicatessen.

Alston Wholefoods shop frontEstablished in 1998, we are a Workers’ Co-operative dedicated to supplying carefully sourced, quality products at reasonable prices. Our aims are to support local producers, reduce food miles and promote fairtrade.

Opening hours
Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm – British Summertime
Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm – Winter

We are open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Credit cards

We accept payment by credit and debit cards for purchases over £10 for free.
Purchases under £10 incur a fee of 30p.

How to find us and parking

We are in the centre of Alston, on Front Street. There is a car park opposite, also in main town square, down the hill at Spar, and top of the town just off Nenthead road. All parking is free. Buses run past the shop. See below.

Road distances from Alston:

  • Penrith: 21 miles via A686
  • Carlisle: 28 miles via A689 or A69 and A689
  • Hexham: 21 miles via B6305 and A686
  • Haltwhistle: 16 miles via A689
  • Haydon Bridge: 18 miles via A689
  • Hadrian’s Wall: 22 miles via via A689 and/or A686
  • Barnard Castle: 32 miles via via B6277 and A67
  • Newcastle: 45 miles via A69 and A686
  • Durham: 40 miles via A689
Bus routes

Hexham – Haydon Bridge – Whitfield – South Tynedale Railway Station – Alston
Monday to Saturday
Download the full X81 timetable

Alston – Slaggyford – Lambley – Halton Lea Gate – Coanwood – Park Village – Haltwhistle Market Place – Haltwhistle Railway Station
Monday to Saturday
Download the full 681 timetable

From Alston to Hexham
View the full 889 timetable

From Newcastle to Keswick
First Friday in July to the last Sunday in September
View the full 888 timetable

100: Roof of England service
Crook to Alston: via Stanhope, Weardale Museum, Killhope Leadmining Museum
Sunday and Bank Holiday bus service
1st May to 2nd October
View the 100 Roof of England timetable


Alston is on the Pennine Way long-distance footpath, Isaac’s Tea Trail and the South Tyne Trail.

Join Us on Facebook

We are open every day this #BankHolidayWeekend. Lots of lovely food & more: icecream, olives, local cheeses #VisitAlston #VisitEden #Alston ... See MoreSee Less

TASTE before you vote! Our regulars Northumberland Cheese Company Thornby Moor Dairy Teesdale Cheesemakers and Errington Cheese are all up for Best Artisan Cheese Producer in #GreatBritishCheeseAwards. Voting closes Monday14th. ... See MoreSee Less

One of our favourites, Northumberland with Nettle, made by Northumberland Cheese Company is up for Best Hard Cheese in the #GreatBritishCheeseAwards. Voting closes Monday 14th ... See MoreSee Less

RECIPE: Braised broad beans in their shells, with chilli and garlic.

If you are lucky enough to have tender young broad beans try this from Zaytoun. The texture of the beans in the cooked pods is gorgeous. All other ingredients are available from the shop.
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Slideshow and background photographs: Peter Elliott at