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.

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.

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5 days ago

Alston Wholefoods

If you are looking for alternatives to dairy, we stock several plant-based milk replacements, including the popular Oatly range, which includes Creamy Oat Fraiche, Vanilla Custard, Cream Oat and Oatly Barista Edition as well as the Organic Original. If you are using these regularly, why not order a case from us - that way you won't run out - and you make a considerable saving on price. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago

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Just in! Organic Seville Oranges (£3.00 per kg). Perfect for marmalade; also good in this Seville Orange tart. See the recipe in Delicious Magazine. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago

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We are selling off what's left of our Christmas stock. It's now cheaper than half price. Get yourself a bargain! We are open tomorrow, Sunday, 11am to 4pm and Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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If you are looking for plant-based protein sources we've got lots of them! Here's a useful chart to help you choose what you need #veganuary #vegetarian ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us at Alston Wholefoods Workers’ Co-operative. A great big thankyou to our food community — our lovely customers, producers and suppliers, both locally and all over the world. Together we make it possible for us all to enjoy great food, made with skill, care and compassion.

Claire, Helena, Jennie, Jim, Joy, Julia, June, Madeleine, Maxine, Robin, Rosemary, Shelagh and Tommy.
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