Spiced Pears with Ginger Wine

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 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, […]


Enjoy Hygge

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 in News, Recipes
Enjoy Hygge

This winter we are indulging in hygge with recipes (see below) and our new window display. Hygge is Danish word, pronounced “heurgha”, that defies literal translation (though it may be a distant etymological cousin of the English word “hug”). It describes the feeling of pleasure one gets from cosy, gentle, soothing things: a log fire, […]


Give a Hamper for Christmas

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 in News
Give a Hamper for Christmas

Giving a hamper is a double delight. You have the pleasure of browsing our well-stocked shop and the recipient enjoys what you have chosen for them. We stock hundreds of foods, some of which you wont find outside a big city, and some things you can’t (or shouldn’t) eat, such as sox, soaps and candles. […]


Christmas treats are here!

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in News
Christmas treats are here!

New Christmas stock is arriving daily. Here’s a selection. We’re open 7 days a week. Come and have a browse.    


Smoked fish & meats – time to place your Christmas order

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in News
Smoked fish & meats – time to place your Christmas order

It’s nearly time to place our annual order for smoked fish and meats with with Inverawe.  This family owned traditional oak smokery based in Argyll, Scotland, produce award winning smoked salmon and other fine quality smoked fish, meats and pates. Please place your orders with us before Monday 12th December.  The fish will be delivered […]


Lübecker Marzipan is Here!

Posted on Nov 20, 2016 in News
Lübecker Marzipan is Here!

Each year, in the run up to Christmas, we buy in a wonderfully huge and heavy solid block of glorious Lübecker marzipan. Which means that you can buy just the amount that you need. This sweetmeat is excellent value at 99p per 100g. Lübecker marzipan is made in the Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the […]


Apple and Almond Pudding

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 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 […]


Jute Bag Offer

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 in News
Jute Bag Offer

Collect a free Yogi Tea jute bag when you buy any two boxes of Yogi Tea from the shop, whilst stocks last.


It’s Crunch Time at Alston Wholefoods

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 in News
It’s Crunch Time at Alston Wholefoods

We are very fortunate to have on sale some fine varieties of northern apples – both cookers and eaters – from an orchard at nearby Renwick. Read about their special qualities below. All are at £1.50 per kilo. You can select your own mixed bag if you like. Don’t forget that apples are an excellent […]


Apple Cream Made with ‘Codlin’ Apples

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 in News, Recipes
Apple Cream Made with ‘Codlin’ Apples

It’s apple season and we have five fine varieties of northern apples for sale in the shop, both cookers and eaters. Read more about their special qualities here. Here’s a recipe for one of the varieties of cooking apple that we have for sale: EMNETH EARLY (£1.50/kg) the best of the early codlins E.A. Bunyard, A Handbook of […]