Apple and Almond Pudding

Posted on Sep 15, 2018 in News, Recipes
Apple and Almond Pudding

It’s apple season and we have some fine varieties of northern apples for sale in the shop, both cookers and eaters. Read more about their special qualities here.   This is a Delia Smith recipe.  It tastes delicious and is very easy to make. Serves 4-6 people. You will need a buttered pie dish approximately 1 ½ pint […]

Slack’s bacon is back – and streaky too!

Posted on Sep 3, 2018 in News
Slack’s bacon is back – and streaky too!

We are delighted to have the superb Slack’s bacon back in stock! We take great care to source local, ethical and tasty food, which sometimes means that the supply chain that brings relatively small amounts of quality stock to us are rather complex. This was the case with Slack’s bacon, and unfortunately a while ago […]

What is Kombucha?

Posted on Aug 19, 2018 in News
What is Kombucha?

One of our customers, Alix Martin, spotted bottles of Left Field Kombucha in our chiller cabinet and decided to gave it a try. She was so impressed with the complexity of the flavour and how good it made her feel, that she took a trip to the Scottish Borders to find out more about it […]

UPDATE: 25th May: Front Street is now open to through traffic

Posted on Apr 8, 2018 in News
UPDATE: 25th May: Front Street is now open to through traffic

Come and enjoy the tranquillity of a beautiful historic town without traffic! Roadworks mean that there is no through road, but you can access Front Street and park your car in the town centre.

Simnel Cake for Easter: Recipe

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in News, Recipes
Simnel Cake for Easter: Recipe

Simnel cake is traditionally eaten at Easter. It is a light fruit cake with the added bonus of a layer of cooked marzipan in the middle that gives it a lovely moist chewy texture. This recipe is based on Elizabeth Ayrton’s in her Penguin Handbook, The Cookery of England. All the ingredients are available from […]

#SNOW2018: We are open

Posted on Mar 1, 2018 in News
#SNOW2018: We are open

Thanks to the sterling work of our Co-op members, Tommy Sheriff and Claire Driver, who live in the heart of Alston, we have been able to keep the shop open as usual during this spell of extreme weather. All the roads out of Alston are currently impassable. As visitors to the shop will know we […]

Turn up the heat: Curry feature

Posted on Jan 27, 2018 in News, Recipes
Turn up the heat: Curry feature

If you enjoy eating curry, you will be glad to know that we stock the ingredients you need, from fresh chillis, spices and ghee to ready-made sauces, poppadums and nan bread. Read on to view our range, or even better, drop into our shop and browse the shelves. You are sure to find inspiration! Mrs […]

Mr Vikkis Pasta

Posted on Jan 20, 2018 in News, Recipes
Mr Vikkis Pasta

This recipe from Mr Vikkis is classic British fusion cooking, full of flavour and very satifying. Fast and delicious. We sell absolutely everything you need to make this meal, including the fresh parsley. Mr Vikkis wide range of pickles and sauces made in Cumbria have won over eighty awards. Using the best ingredients that he […]

Spiced Pears with Ginger Wine

Posted on Jan 3, 2018 in News, Recipes
Spiced Pears with Ginger Wine

A wonderfully rich and warmly spiced dish of pears poached in ginger wine. Definitely hygge food. Apart from the pears we sell everything you need, including Rochester’s Ginger Wine (non-alcoholic), lemons and all the spices, even saffron. Serve with vanilla ice cream or cream – or both!   Recipe tried, tasted and approved by Holly, […]

Get Creative with Cumberland Honey Mustard

Posted on Nov 25, 2017 in News, Recipes
Get Creative with Cumberland Honey Mustard

Cumberland Honey Mustards have been lovingly produced in Alston by Geoff Cole and Marilyn Avens since 1983, and they are immensely popular here and much further afield too. There are visitors who call into our shop each year specially to replenish their supplies. Alston Wholefoods stocks the full range Cumberland Mustards (8 flavours), plus sauces, […]