eating in (and where to buy it)
Andrew Barclay Butchers, BA9 9JU (10 mins drive)
The butcher in the high street in Wincanton is superb. They source everything locally and have been there for years. Tel 01963 34880 to check if you need to order in advance.
The Whole, Cole’s Yard, Wincanton (10 mins drive)
Tucked away off Wincanton High Street, Claudia Cole runs this excellent shop in a courtyard. All organic produce, veg, dry stores, you can fill up on laundry liquid and shampoo. She will be doing ice-creams from May 2019 onwards.
Lidl, Wincanton BA9 9EB (10 mins drive)
It’s always a slightly bizarre experience shopping at Lidl. No apparent method to where things are displayed or indeed what is on sale. Extraordinary offers, great chocolate and salami. Apparently good olive oil and ski wear but you take your chances with what they have.
The Lovington Bakery, BA9 9LD (10 mins drive)
Excellent range of freshly made breads and pastries.
Morrisons, Wincanton, BA9 9RP (10 mins drive)
Recently refitted, the Wincanton Morrisons has hugely improved and has most stuff you will need from a supermarket. The fish counter is surprisingly good.
The Village Shop, DT9 4NL (10 mins drive)
Yes, it’s a village shop in Charlton Horethorne – but it’s run by our friends Tom and Caroline so you’ll know you’ll get a friendly welcome. Plenty of delicious local goodies here, excellent coffee and carefully chosen beers and wines.
Kimber’s Farm Shop, BA9 8HD (15 mins drive)
On the road to Bruton past the racecourse, and on the left. Not open on Mondays annoyingly. Does good produce, including and our cheese, Renegade Monk. They have recently opened a café and an outlet for local crafts and antiques. Dynamic family!
Bill the Butcher, BA10 0AB (20 mins drive)
Easy to miss as it’s located in the Spar on Bruton high street – but worth popping in as the meat is excellent and the rest of the shop is well stocked with local produce.
Dike & Son, DT10 2NB (20 mins drive)
An independent supermarket in Stalbridge, family-run since 1851. Plenty on offer here – and it makes a refreshing change from the stock on offer in the big commercial supermarkets.
Somerset Wine Company, BA7 7AL (20 mins drive)
An excellent and well curated wine shop in the pretty town of Castle Cary. It also contains a fantastic delicatessen with fresh vegetables, cheese, scotch eggs etc.
The Udder Farm Shop, SP8 5LQ (20 mins drive)
A large farm shop on the A30 heading towards Shaftesbury, with plenty of fresh and frozen items. They also have a butchers and fish counter. They put on the occasional event so worth checking their website.
Waitrose, Gillingham, SP8 4UA (20 mins drive)
A large branch with the best supermarket food aside from M&S.
Waitrose, Sherborne, DT9 3PU (20 mins drive)
Smaller than the Gillingham Waitrose. Customers in Sherborne have bigger hair and wear more lipstick than those in the Gillingham Waitrose, according to our scientific study.
Pear Tree Deli, DT9 3LN (25 mins drive)
Worth popping in here if you’re visiting Sherborne. Great range of fresh produce and there’s a decent café as well.
Compton McRae, SP7 9AW (30 mins drive)
Tucked away amongst some converted barns outside the village of Semley, you’ll find Compton McRae. Here they sell a fine range of cheeses and charcuterie and other high quality provender.
Tisbury Deli, SP3 6HA (30 mins drive)
Another fine deli in the small market town of Tisbury. Great sausage rolls and scotch eggs and a wide selection of cheese. Excellent coffee too!
Palmer Street Bottle, BA11 1DS (35 mins drive)
Frome is a fabulously independent town and worth a visit – and while you’re there, pop in to this quirky and funky beer and cheese shop. Well curated craft beers and ales and a small selection of artisan cheeses (including ours).