Summer Drinks + Recipes

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 in Recipes
Summer Drinks + Recipes

We offer a wide range of drinks for summer, including ready-to-drink bottles of Fentimans (made in Hexham), pressés from Belvoir Fruit Farm, fruit and vegetable juices from Cawston Press and Thorncroft. We also sell fresh lemons, limes and ginger for garnishes. This month we are highlighting our cordials with some recipe ideas and free coasters […]


Excellent Value Turmeric

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in News
Excellent Value Turmeric

Lots of people have been coming in to the shop to buy turmeric recently. When we read this article the BBC news magazine, we understoood why: Bold health claims have been made for the power of turmeric. Is there anything in them, asks Michael Mosley. For more about tumeric and ideas of how to add […]


Sunday Times Endorsement

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 in News
<em>Sunday Times</em> Endorsement

In a glowing endorsement for Alston as a place to live and visit in The Sunday Times singled out Alston Wholefoods for praise: Alston Wholefoods is a fantastic grocer and deli Many thanks to Dymond Guides for bringing this to our attention. #Alston #Cumbria named as best place to live in the #NorthWest in today’s @thesundaytimes. […]


New Postcard for Alston Wholefoods

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 in News
New Postcard for Alston Wholefoods

LOOK! Our new Postcard for the shop! If you’d like some to distribute, let us know and we’ll get them to you. Or drop in to collect some. pic.twitter.com/aqXVC6r5Ft — Alston Wholefoods (@AlstonWholefood) March 29, 2017 On the back of our new A6 postcard we feature our wonderful local cheeses and a summary of what […]


Simnel Cake for Easter: Recipe

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 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 […]


New Gluten & Dairy-Free Bread and Cakes

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in News
New Gluten & Dairy-Free Bread and Cakes

The Incredible Bakery Company We recently had some samples of bread loaves in our shop from the the Incredible Bakery Company. Customers’ commented on their excellent quality and taste. Therefore now we intend to place a regular order with the Incredible Bakery for their gluten-free bread and cakes, according to demand. So please let us […]


Making Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in News, Recipes
Making Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

We have everything you need for making and filling your pancakes! For the Pancakes Local free-range eggs, butter and oils, fresh lemons and bottled juice, sugars and all sorts of flours, many organic, from Doves, Gilchesters, Shipton Mill and The Watermill, Little Salkeld, including: Wheat Spelt Buckwheat Rye Barley Gluten- free and Isabel’s gluten and […]


Spinach Stuffed Pancakes with Cheese Sauce

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in News, Recipes
Spinach Stuffed Pancakes with Cheese Sauce

I’ve had this many times and this is delicious any time of year, not just pancake day. This is a Delia Smith recipe. We sell everything you need, including the gorgeous Demeter Natural Cool frozen leaf spinach. Our nutmegs come from Indonesia and are wonderfully fragrant. You can choose from a range of our good cheddars; Barber’s […]


Valentine’s Day

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 in News
Valentine’s Day

Share the Love. As an ethical grocer and delicatessen, we are dedicated to supplying carefully sourced, quality products at reasonable prices. Our aims are to support local producers, encourage organic farming, reduce food miles and promote fair trade. So when you shop with us for your Valentine’s Day treats and gifts you can rest assured that you’ll […]


Hot Chocolate

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 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