Local Information

Local produce

We buy locally all the time, partly because of the convenience but mainly because it is so good.

In the village the Cross Stores  is open daily 7am – 7pm, Saturdays 8am – 6pm and Sundays 8.30 – 12.30. You can buy almost everything you need. It houses the village post office, and sells a full range of fresh goods, groceries and household necessities. We would not live without it.

The wonderful Gold Hill Organic Farm Shop is open Thursday, Friday — 10am to 5pm (closed 1-1:30pm for lunch) and Saturday — 10am to 4pm. Over 80 different varieties of fruit and vegetable are grown at the farm, and supplemented with carefully chosen products -  meat, cheese, milk, bread, cereals and much more. The quality is fantastic.


In Sturminster Newton Holebrooks is a top-class butcher  with local meat from named farmers, plus a wonderful deli and fresh bread. Also a good old fashioned fruit and veg shop.


Blandford, Shaftesbury and Gillingham have all the big supermarkets, but look out for the pop-up farm shops and milk stations as you drive around. Good things abound.