Alston is Open

Posted on Apr 8, 2018 in News
Alston is Open

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 […]


Chocolate Chestnut Cake/Pudding

Posted on Feb 24, 2018 in Recipes
Chocolate Chestnut Cake/Pudding

If you eat this while it’s still warm, you’ll need a spoon to dish it out and the consistency will be more like a mousse than a cake. If you allow it to cool, it will be quite a dense cake, easy to slice (and eat). If you keep it overnight in the fridge it […]


Hot Chocolate

Posted on Feb 1, 2018 in Recipes
Hot Chocolate

Snow is on the way. Time for luxuriously spiced hot chocolate. We sell cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods and whole nutmeg. If you use our Montezuma 73% Dark Cooking Chocolate to make this hygge drink you won’t pay any VAT.     Recipe from The Hairy Bikers on BBC Foodtriedtomers


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, […]


Pumpkin Soup

Posted on Nov 28, 2017 in Recipes
Pumpkin Soup

Recipe for another autumn favourite from GreenCity Wholefoods, a workers’ co-operative who bring us welcome supplies of delicious food from Glasgow every second Monday. If you wish to spice it up try adding a teaspoon full of Mr Vikki’s North Indian curry paste which is available in the shop. Recipe tried, tasted and approved by GreenCity […]


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, […]