Best foodie shops in Warwickshire
Largely agricultural, Warwickshire abounds with farm shops, delis and local specialists selling great food and drink.
Family-owned Hillers outside Alcester was established in 1920: currently run by fourth-generation sisters Emma and Sally, keen supporters of local producers, it has specialist sections for fruit, veg, cheese, fish, deli and pantry items, a bakery and a butcher, the latter selling meat from the adjacent Ragley estate. There’s also a café, garden centre and a gifts/interiors shop.
The Farm (above) at Snitterfield near Stratford, a collective of artisan food producers, café, farm shop and delicatessen, has hosted The Great British Menu, runs cookery schools and educational workshops, and is an A-Z of superb quality British and world foods.
Visitors to Leamington shouldn’t miss Aubrey Allen: not only one of the region’s finest butchers (complete with butchery school for enthusiastic amateur cooks) but equally renowned for its deli and cheese counters. And look out for the regular food-related events at Ragley Hall, including the new Bigfoot Festival and the long-established Game Fair.
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Aubrey Allen: award-winning butcher and deli. www.aubreyallenleamington.co.uk
The Farm: close neighbours to Welcombe Hills and Apple Farm, so combine shopping with a vineyard tour and glamping. www.thefarmstratfordshop.com
Henley Ice Cream (above): a selection of traditional flavours with an eat-in parlour, an institution since 1934. www.henleyicecream.co.uk
Hillers: multi-faceted location for all things food and garden-related. www.hillers.co.uk
Ragley Hall: ancestral seat of the Hertford family for over 300 years. Numerous public events. www.ragley.co.uk
Shakespeare Distillery (below): Based on the outskirts of Stratford, the distillery runs tours, a gin school (where you can make your own gin), cocktail masterclasses and has an onsite shop, as well as operating gin cruises on the River Avon and a high street shop in Stratford itself, a few doors down from Shakespeare’s birthplace. www.shakespearedistillery.com