Date and Ginger Cake

Posted on Oct 20, 2017 in Recipes
Date and Ginger Cake

Perfect for fireside fare, this ginger cake recipe is an old favourite from GreenCity Wholefoods, a workers’ co-operative who bring us welcome supplies of delicious food from Glasgow every second Monday. You can buy all the ingredients you’ll need at Alston Wholefoods. If you are in the mood for warming ginger, we sell it in many forms: […]


Linguine with Mushrooms, Lemon, Garlic and Thyme

Posted on Sep 10, 2017 in Recipes
Linguine with Mushrooms, Lemon, Garlic and Thyme

This recipe is one of Nigella Lawson’s favourites. It is very quick and easy to make. The mushrooms also make a great salad, in which case increase the amount of mushrooms to 375g – leaving out the pasta but keeping the other ingredients the same. If all you can find are button mushrooms, this is still […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]