Shaftesbury shopkeepers are working hard to ensure that self-isolating customers in the town and surrounding villages receive vital supplies. Alfred met retailers determined to match the ease of supermarket online shopping with the personal service of independent retailers.
Food & Drink
Shaftesbury shoppers are being encouraged to ‘keep calm and carry on’, with news that the town’s two Thursday markets will go ahead as planned.
The Shaftesbury Food Festival and Gold Hill Cheese Races have, sadly, been postponed because of coronavirus.
A keen Shaftesbury cook has retained his crown as the town’s Best Marmalade Maker. Two professional chefs declared Andy Hollingshead’s preserve the tastiest in Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s second Marmafest event.
Another new, independent shop will open in Shaftesbury next week. Alfred’s Keri Jones caught up with the two friends who will combine floristry with food when Pamplemousse opens its doors on Wednesday.
Shaftesbury’s new deli is opening soon and Alfred met the experienced retailer behind this new venture. The shop will bring both essential goods and luxury treats back onto our High Street and add a new choice of tearoom.
Social isolation is an issue for many people in rural areas surrounding Shaftesbury. Last Friday, Alfred joined Stour Row residents to celebrate the first birthday of a project which brings the community together – a pop-up pub in the village hall.
Monday will be a big day for Shaftesbury institution, Abbotts Greengrocers. The shop leaves its home of seven decades for new premises further along Bell Street. Alfred’s Keri Jones spoke with the owner.
The two entrepreneurs behind Compton McRae grocers have fused culinary and retail experience from both sides of the planet to create their ambitious new Semley business. Alfred heard their story and learned about their future goals.
Mills have operated in Cann, near Shaftesbury, for over 900 years. Alfred learned how Stoate and Sons’ traditional approach has made their award-winning flour the toast of artisan bakers at home and abroad.