Gonalston Farm Shop & Deli
As a child, did you ever dream of being locked in a sweet shop with instructions to simply enjoy yourself? The thought of being given free rein in Gonalston Farm Shop & Deli is the grown-up equivalent. Few farm outlets in Britain are as vibrant or offer the sheer breadth of high-quality produce.
Shelves are crammed with locally sourced delights and Great Taste Award-winning products, including gluten-free options. There’s also a fantastic fishmongery, superb butchery, bulging drinks section, fruit and veg galore and an award-winning cheese and deli counter. In addition, Gonalston is a stockist of the famous Big Green Egg, described as “the ultimate outdoor cooking experience”.
This is not your typical farm shop and it’s clear that a huge effort is made by proprietor Georgie Mason and her passionate team to stock the best, and to offer an unrivalled food shopping experience.
Reflecting that hard work, Gonalston’s deli section was named Britain’s Best Independent Cheese and Dairy Counter in the 2012 World Cheese Awards. Impressively long, it showcases more than 100 handmade farmhouse and artisan cheeses, from local favourites such as Cropwell Bishop Stilton, recently reintroduced Colwick and Cote Hill Blue, to Swiss cave-aged Gruyere and past Cheese World Champion Ossau-Iraty from France.
Gonalston began life over a decade ago when Georgie, after months of painstaking research, opened a small shop on her beef farm. The surrounding fields still provide grazing for beef sold in the shop and Georgie is committed to sourcing locally and supporting the local food and drink community.
In a feature looking at Britain’s 50 Best Farm Shops, The Independent newspaper wrote of Gonalston: “The range on offer here is quite phenomenal… They really do have everything you could need, and a fair amount of what you don’t but would probably enjoy. Running the full gamut from meats to fruits and veg, plus a great deli, the real distinction here is the on-site fishmongers, not at all typical of rural farm shops.”
10% off all butchery items on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, not including the month of December. Members must present their Great Food Club card at the till