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  • 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.
  • September 19, 2015

    Exeter Pounds at The Real Food Store

    The Exeter Pound is a local currency created by the people of Exeter, for the people of Exeter, and which embraces Exeter’s unique identity. The Exeter Pound is for the benefit of all those who work, shop and play here, so it only seems right that those same people create the artwork for the paper notes.

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.

Autumn Harvest

This is the perfect time of year to enjoy some of the best local produce Devon has to offer. We are currently enjoying a wonderful bounty of vegetables from Shillingford Organics, including sweetcorn, leeks, squash and sunset apples. We are also making the most of the Pendragon apples from Piggy fields orchards for the short time that they are available. These delicious red-fleshed apples have been being grown in the UK for over 800 years, and are believed to be one of the healhiest, most nutritious apples around! 



The kitchen team have been relishing the abundance of squash this autumn- watch out for the squash and sweet potato spicy soup! The Uchiki Kuri (or Red Onion) squash is a Real Food favourite, it's firm, chestnutty flesh makes it perfect for roasting. 

News from the Bakery 

The talented bakers at Emma's Bread have been treating us to some fantastic special loaves recently. Alongside the daily Pain au Levin, we have seedy sourdough loaves twice a week and walnut sourdough every Saturday. Keep an eye on the bread shelves as Emma has also been experimenting with delicious flavour combinations for one-off special sourdough loaves, such as rye, carraway and sultana.

Emma is also running a new series of breadmaking classes over the next few months, full details and dates on her website

Meet the Producer:

Lily Farm Vineyard

Lily Farm is a family run vineyard situated in its own vale at Knowle, surrounded by beautiful East Devon countryside and within easy walking distance of the town of Budleigh Salterton. We have only been stocking their wine for a short time, but it is going down very well! 

Lily Farm's single vineyard wines are made from grapes that are hand picked on the farm, each vintage possessing its own unique character. The 1 acre vineyard consists of over 1300 vines and they are currently growing 6 varieties of grape, including Pinot Noir Précoce, Seyval Blanc, and the recently planted Reichensteiner.

In store at the moment we have their Bacchus dry white wine (2014), which has lovely undertones of elderflower, pear and kiwi, and was awarded Silver earlier this year at the English and Welsh wine of the year awards. We are also stocking a 2014 Rose, full of cherry and raspberry aroma, and a 2013 Red, made from Rondo grapes - the original variety grown at the farm. 

All wines are suitable for vegetarians


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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 ...