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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2 days ago

Alston Wholefoods

So here's the story.

Cameron and Amy loved setting up Almost Antiques in a garage in St John's Chapel, Weardale, to provide a reason for people to stop in the village and visit the cafes and local countryside

But dear old Durham County Council sent an officer to tell us we need planning permission for change of use, costing hundreds of pounds plus architect's drawings . . . Quite a burden for a hobby business open on a weekend during the summer.

Meanwhile Janice and Judith had been running Alston Antiques for 40 years and needed to take some time for themselves. Their shop closed a couple of years ago which was a real shame for Alston.

So, working together, we are moving Almost Antiques to Alston, opening initially on weekends and hopefully growing into a valuable business for the town and the entire North Pennines.

Love to you all,

Cameron, Amy, Janice and Judith
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1 week ago

Alston Wholefoods

#marmaladeawards Pleased to announce I won a #Silver again for my #marmalade🍊🍊🍊
It's for sale in my shop and @alstonwholefoods
#buyitinalston #shoplocal
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1 month ago

Alston Wholefoods

NEW to us: Hodmedod's Baked British Beans.

Made with fava beans which have been grown in Britain since the iron age. Hodemedod's Beans are deliciously different, with large meaty fava beans in a tasty tomato sauce. They're good served on toast but also delicious added to stews, curries or casseroles. Or even in a pie. #vegan #vegetarian #lovepulses
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1 month ago

Alston Wholefoods

We sell lots of the best rated ethical chocolates: Montezuma, Vivani, Seed and Bean, Moo Free, Raw Choc Company, Booja Booja - however you like your chocolate, we’ve got it covered, including vegan. #BuyItInAlston #chocolate

Chart from @EC_magazine… #fairtrade #ethical #organic #vegan #gmofree #vegetarian
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