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  • January 15, 2016

    Real Food Store voted 'Best Independent Retailer' in Food Reader Awards

    Real Food has been crowned 'Best Independent Retailer' in Food Magazine Reader Awards!
  • October 03, 2015

    Bronwen Tyrrell exhibition in the cafe

    Bronwen Tyrrell is an Exeter based artist, whose work draws from a diverse range of themes and inspirations, including the forces of nature, and an awareness of the issues and ethics of the food industry. Her paintings are currently on display in the cafe.

Real Food partner with City Runs

Fit and healthy: As a Community Benefit Society, obsessed with quality, fresh, local food, we thought it only fitting to team up with an organisation equally obsessed with keeping local people in peak condition. Find out more on our events page.


Bite-sized shares: How people power is revolutionising the way we buy our food. Local groups are investing in projects that will produce food and challenge the supermarkets in the process READ THE FULL ARTICLE 


Click here to see it on youtube! (4 mins)
A short documentary about Exeter's first community owned food store. We sell the finest local, sustainable produce from Devon at affordable prices. Supported by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming & Food Co-ops programme this is all about finding alternatives to the mainstream food system.

It's Sourdough September! 

This month we are celebrating sourdough! Look out for additional sourdough loaves from Emma’s bread, such as wholemeal sourdough and ‘country loaves’ being baked throughout the month. We will also be offering different types of sourdough bread with a number of our menu options in the café which is a great way to try sourdough if you never have before.

Sourdough bread is made without added yeast, using the ‘wild yeast’ that is all around us in the air. By nurturing the yeasts and bacteria naturally present in all flour, you can create a starter from just flour, water and a bit of time. You can keep a starter going for many years by dividing it and using some to make your loaf, and feeding the remaining bit with more flour and water every few days for future use. Because sourdough bread relies on the wild yeast that’s all around us, it can develop a distinctive taste according to the environment that it has been cultured in. So sourdough from Exeter is quite likely to taste different to sourdough from Bristol which is one of the fantastic things about eating Real Bread, in contrast to mass produced supermarket bread!

Welcome back students! 

September also means that students will be heading back to Exeter for the start of the new term. As a big welcome to all new and returning students, we are running some great offers during Freshers Week (12th September). Show us your Exeter student card to receive 20% off on all shop purchases; start the new academic year as you mean to continue by picking up some healthy ingredients to stave off the dreaded freshers flu (or stock up on less healthy snacks we don't mind!). If you need a rest from the freshers week excitement, show your shop receipt in the cafe and receive a free hot drink! Our couches are the perfect place to catch up with new or old friends, or for giving yourself a break if you've been burning the candle at both ends !

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  • Good Energy

    We are proud to let you know the electricity powering the Real Food Store, Cafe and Bakery is being supplied by Good Energy. Read more ...