The Real Food Store Exeter Online Community

The Real Food Store Exeter Online Community

The Real Food Store opened on 30 March 2011. Come and see how we are changing Exeter. Join us here or visit



Threats to the future of local food

Started by martin godfrey in General Discussion for RF Store. Last reply by simon james Apr 20, 2014. 1 Reply

There are threats and pressing issues surrounding the future of 'local food', Could Real Food Store do something on the following topics to bring awareness?Have been impressed to see the store recognised for supporting local producers and supplying…Continue

All Real Food Store-lovers, what do you do for our planet?

Started by Sabina Hannila in General Discussion for RF Store May 19, 2013. 0 Replies

Apart from buying your organic and ecological products from the real food store of course :)I am looking for people to take part in a portrait-project (photographic) where I will be depicting you and an object you use frequently that has a positive…Continue

Tags: art, photography, organic

The future of local food - the Real Food Store's role in the local food revolution

Started by Natalie Taylor in General Discussion for RF Store Aug 21, 2012. 0 Replies

Our very good friend and colleague Megan Saunders has written a rousing piece on our very own Real Food Store. Let us know what you think about the idea of alternative food retailing and it's place in the bigger picture. Can local initiatives turn…Continue

Can local Food Save the High Street? Listen to R4 food programme & then discuss.

Started by Michael Krage in General Discussion for RF Store Jul 11, 2012. 0 Replies

Sheila Dillon and Henrietta Green ask if food is the key to reviving UK high streets: do you think? Please join this discussion!Continue

Happy Birthday

Started by Bill Smith in General Discussion for RF Store. Last reply by Michael Krage Mar 28, 2012. 1 Reply

Hi Ian Kelly & All1 Year and counting, would dearly love to be with you Friday or Saturday, but just cannot make it.I'll be there for the 2nd birthday though!!Warmest regardsHave a great weekend and say hello to everyone for meBill SmithContinue

Who has been to the new Waitrose?

Started by simon james in General Discussion for RF Store. Last reply by simon james Jan 24, 2012. 4 Replies

What was your impression?Well, for me I think if we have to have supermarkets then a Waitrose is preferable to a Tesco. If you work for Waitrose you are a 'partner' not an 'employee', as with all of the John Lewis Partnership. It has to be a better…Continue

Tags: waitrose, supermarkets

The Real Food Store features in Exeter and Topsham's 10 best budget eats in The Guardian

Started by Michael Krage in General Discussion for RF Store Oct 10, 2011. 0 Replies

A novel community project, Real Food is owned by 300 local shareholders. Collectively, they wanted to create a showcase for Devonian produce in Exeter city centre. The shop fulfils that brief, and how. Its shelves are stacked with everything from…Continue


Happy 4th Birthday to The Real Food Store

Happy 4th Birthday to The Real Food Store

The Real Food Store shop and café will have been open for 4 years at the end of this month. We'd like to celebrate that - and the end of our financial year - by seeing you shopping or enjoying a drink or meal in the café. We are on course for a record breaking year, and feel confident that we will end the financial year with a profit - so thank you for your custom and confidence.

We have not organised a party, but feel free to raise a cup, glass or bottle wherever you are!

If you need a more specific reason to celebrate, how about recognising our success in achieving a Gold Award at the recent annual South West Business Fair Trade awards? Hilary Noakes, a member and shop volunteer, and long term campaigner around Fair Trade issues represented us at the ceremony in Bristol and picked up the certificate - more on this in the next newsletter.

We have no news on where we will be located on our 5th birthday, but have every confidence that together we will rise to the challenges and find somewhere suited to our needs and still accessible to you all.

Best wishes,

Les Bright - on behalf of the board of Exeter Local Food and management team of the Real Food Store


AND NEVER FORGET: around 70% of our producers come from within Devon and over 95% are based within the West Country region. We only source outside the region if we cannot find essential products for our customers close by. If you would like to know more about our producers, please see our suppliers page. You'll be bowled over by the amount of wonderful produce we have right on our doorstep.

About The Real Food Store Exeter

The Real Food Store is the first Exeter city centre outlet to offer a full range of fresh, local, seasonal & fairly traded groceries on a daily basis. The Store is also Exeter’s first community owned food business; Hundreds of local people invested their money to make this venture happen.

Now in our 2nd year of trading, The Real Food Store is delivering on its mission to support the local food economy and provide sustainable growers and producers with an outlet for their fantastic products- all for direct retail to the consumer at excellent, honest prices.

The Real Food team wants to make food shopping enjoyable and relevant. Many of our customers want to engage with the story behind food. How food is grown and made, how to cook with some of the lesser known vegetables and the incredible taste of our local and regional produce are just some of the topics that many of our customers want to have a lively dialogue about. Much more than a shop, we are delighted to see that the RFS has already become something of a hub for the community: the Café is a popular meeting place with a great food offer that is also a great space for catered parties and events- it also features exhibitions of work by local artists. The Store is the home of ‘Emma’s Bread’, an artisan bakery making real, hand crafted breads and cakes from scratch every day. Worth lingering for all this- but if you’re in a hurry you can grab something of the Real Food taste at the Take-Away counter and go! Come and see for yourselves. Check out


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Wild Garlic in season at last

Posted by Natacha Du Pont De Bie on March 29, 2016 at 12:56pm 0 Comments

So many things to do with it!…


Happy 4th Birthday to The Real Food Store

Posted by Michael Krage on March 26, 2015 at 11:41am 0 Comments

The Real Food Store shop and café will have been open for 4 years at the end of this month. We'd like to celebrate that - and the end of our financial year…


Wassail with Exeter Growers at 2pm Next Saturday, 17 January

Posted by Michael Krage on January 11, 2015 at 10:16pm 0 Comments

Next Saturday, 17 January, we will be doing work in the orchard and having a jolly wassail at 2pm when we will be banging drums and singing to…

Shillingford Organics Martyn Bragg's 2015 message

Posted by Michael Krage on January 11, 2015 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

from David Mezzetti:
Martyn Bragg's 2015 message is worthy of wide circulation if you know of others who would be interested. As Members and Friends of Exeter Growers, I am reminded that when we launched in September 2008 (the day…

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