What We Do
Monday – Saturday: 9.30am-4.30pm
Lunch is served in the café from 12-3pm
The Real Food Store café is a popular venue with a friendly atmosphere, good service and great food! Our aim is to serve tasty, simple & exciting seasonal food.
Our cafe menu provides light meals available, as well as cakes, cream teas and beverages. We also offer daily specials. This menu is an example of our basic offering but is subject to change.
The main café is upstairs, above the store and is a big, open and airy space flooded with natural light.
If you have enjoyed eating in the café we’d love it if you could share your experience on our TripAdvisor page if you can spare 5 minutes.
The delicious coffee we serve in the café is both thanks to our highly trained barista’s as well as the excellent quality coffee we are supplied with from Origin Coffee (based in Helston, Cornwall):
‘Farmer 30’ is Origin’s own certification system based on financial, social and environmental factors. It means that when Origin are happy with the level of care that the coffee farms provide for their workers, their families and the environment, they agree on a price that guarantees the farmer a 30% profit margin. This delicious, subtle and flavoursome coffee is grown in El Salvador and Nicaragua where it is also washed, fermented, dried, rested & milled. The green beans are then shipped to Origin who expertly roast them, in small batches using an environmentally responsible method. The Real Food Store is really pleased to be working with Origin; we share their driven enthusiasm for good coffee and we make sure our staff get their barista training from Origin in order to make the best coffee possible. Read more about Origin and the fascinating story of coffee.
At the Real Food Store we believe in getting the most out of food & keeping waste to a minimum – read over our Food Policy for more details.
Emma’s Bread is real bread made on-site at the Real Food Store, using traditional methods resulting in a flavour and texture to satisfy the stomach and the soul. Specialities include rye, white and seedy sourdoughs, and ever changing seasonal fare. Our aim is to make real bread, using traditional methods and organically grown products where available. We do not use flour or product improvers. We use Shipton Mill organic flours for all our bread and bakery products. Although we use a dough mixer, every loaf is weighed out and shaped by hand, a time consuming but rewarding process. Keep an eye out in-store and online for details of Emma’s regular bread making classes- they are perfect for beginners, a special gift, or for those wanting to brush up on their skills!
We work closely with Shillingford Organics, a family farm located on the outskirts of Exeter, near the village of Shillingford Abbot 3 miles to the West of the store. Shillingford Organics supply most of our vegetables, picking and delivering them on a daily basis to ensure ultimate freshness!
Where certain vegetables are not available within the immediate locality at certain times of year, then we purchase organically from the nearest supplier (usually Riverford). The tomato is an example of fresh produce considered a staple that we aim to supply year round; we will sell Shillingford’s own grown tomatoes when in season & supply organic tomatoes usually from Spain via Riverford when local ones are not available.
Many of our larder goods are supplied by Essential, the Trading Cooperative based in Bristol. We source other goods from a number of excellent local producer-suppliers. We aim to be a true alternative to the supermarkets, and you will find everything from pasta, oils, rice and lentils to flour, sugar, dried fruit, nuts and seeds on our shelves. We source organic products where available, and do not air-freight any of our products.
Eggs & Dairy
We sell (and use in the café) high quality local, organic milk that is non-homogenised so the cream rises to the top just like it used to! You have the choice of using the cream or giving the milk a good shake first. The fat content in milk will vary according to many factors such as quality of the grass at different times of year. Click here for more information on homogenising.
Devon is fortunate to have a number of artisan cheese makers who have been reviving traditional cheese making- successfully and to great acclaim, and we have a wide range of locally produced cheeses.
We sell both free-range and organic eggs, and ensure that all of our producers have high welfare standards. You can find more information about our dairy and egg producers on our blog and in-store.
Meat & Fish
We offer a good range of local sourced, sustainably reared and high quality meat & fish from farmers and producers mostly working within 20 miles of Exeter. Animal welfare is very important to us: we sell organic meat wherever possible because this guarantees optimum welfare standards, and that they are fed organic (GM free) feed, which in turn promotes the health and vitality of the animals. Some free-range farmers, who aren’t registered as organic, are still rearing to high welfare and environmental standards. We source from them when we have visited their farm and have seen their production methods. We are working on updating our information in store, and on-line, with more detail and photos of our farm visits so look out for these on the Blog section of our website.
We have a small range of eco-friendly household products, including cleaning supplies and kitchen essentials. We also have an ever-growing range of toiletries and sanitary products from both local producers, and larger, ethical producers.
Beer, wine & cider
We stock a wide range of local wine, beer and cider (including vegan friendly wine & beer and sulphite free wine) as well as wines from further afield. We stock a range of ales from small, craft breweries around Devon and Somerset, and wine from local Devon vineyards.
We have an ever-growing range of dairy free and gluten free products, including snacks, cooking ingredients and luxury items. We also always ensure that we have vegan and gluten free options available in our café everyday. In the store, you will see blue and red dots on the shelf labels indicating if a product is free from dairy ingredients, and gluten containing ingredients, but please be aware that this does not guarantee that they were produced in an environment that is free from these allergens so always check the labels or talk to a member of staff first if you have a serious allergy.