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Shop Local: The List

Tell us about your high street -do you still have one? Which shops would you recommend and why?


My favourite places tend to be in South Devon where I lived for six years. If anyone out there has recommendations for other places I’d love to hear about them.

Moby Nicks, Dartmouth

01803 839070. Locally caught fish and shellfish as well as smoked fish at affordable prices. Not open Sundays, Mondays.

Les Saveurs Patisserie, Dartmouth

01803 835852. Genuine French baker producing the genuine article: delicious cakes and tarts, divine bread. Open till 6pm most days of the week.

Alfrescos, Dartmouth

01803 835880. The best place in the whole of Devon for cappuccino (the subject of much personal research) – in fact any form of coffee. Lovely blowout breakfasts of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, vegetarian or meaty cooked breakfast. Lively atmosphere (especially during Regatta Week at the end of August) and lovely staff; expect a few old sea dogs. Open 7am-2pm. Also does private parties.

Effings, Totnes

Well-stocked with varied mix of local and world foods (Lebanese, Spanish, Italian). Great or cheese,  freshly baked baguettes, excellent range of olives and pates. Also serves deli lunches.

Riverford Farm Shop, Staverton (just outside Totnes)

If you’re one of their 40,000+ customers this is bliss – loads of lovely local, home-made food, meat, milk, preserves and now butter from the farm. Local fish and cheese. Great wine selection too. Excellent place to stop to fill up your car with goodies for your self-catering holiday in Devon.

Blacks Delicatessan, Chagford, Dartmoor

Stylish and well-stocked deli on eastern edge Dartmoor (perfect stop en-route over the moor from Dartmouth or Totnes). Really delicious ready-made foods (the savory tarts are wonderful), cakes, local cheeses and meats. Small area for eating in.


This is a great place to live and to visit: a long and varied coastline of wide sandy beaches  (Holkham) and Shingle ridges (Cley) and Marshes (Blakeney). A mile or so inland the small market towns of Holt and Burnham market are well worth a visit for excellent food shops.

Cookies Crab Shop, Weybourne (on the coast road)
01263 740352
Samphire picked from the salt marshes right outside the shop is on sale in big bags for at an affordable price – one you wouldn’t recognise in London; home-smoked fish and freshly cooked lobsters and crabs since 1956; all caught a few miles away. Open most days.  Their on-site cafe is often busy with beach-goers munching delicious-looking fresh prawn sandwiches…

Cley Smokehouse, Cley-next-the-Sea (a mile up the road north from Weybourne)
Traditional bloaters, smoked fish and smoked salmon pate

Picnic Fayre, Cley-next-the-Sea
A chamber of foodie delights since 1984 and the ideal village shop (open all week including Sunday). Lots of delicious homemade cakes, tarts and pies. Local real bread, vegetables and a good selection of cheeses and wine. Unusual for rural areas, you can even get a takeaway coffee.

Byfords, Holt
01263 711400
Lovely café (and small B&B upstairs) and deli with lots of local bread, fish, cheeses, and more – perfect for picnics.

Arthur Howell Butchers, Burnham Market (and Wells)
01328 738230
Traditionally prepared local meat from a family butchers dating back to 1889. Local game and venison from nearby Holkham Park.

And if you make it to Norwich

The Green Grocers, Earlham Road (on the edge of the city centre)

01603 250000
Organic supermarket with a full range of local artisan bread, locally-made porkpies, and deli counter.  Lots of foodie events and a fortnightly farmers’ market on Sundays. Open all week including Sunday.

Clark & Ravenscourt, St. Gregory’s Alley
Deli counter with plenty of homemade pates, pestos, tarts and cakes. Lots of  local food – try the Narborough smoked fish.

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