Food shopping and local produce

Cheddar is fortunate to have a number of food retailers in the village but for those items you can’t get locally, there are some internet firms offering local delivery services.

Local veg and fruit box delivery

Riverford FarmRiverford Farm deliver fruit and veg boxes to this area, plus other produce, every Friday. Visit their web site to find out more and place an order.

Local Food DirectAlso a number of local producers have combined to provide the localfooddirect.co.uk web site delivering a wide range of locally produced groceries weekly around Somerset.

For more information about local food production visit www.somersetfood.org , bigbarn.co.uk (the link is a localised search for Cheddar), and Incredible Edible Somerset.

Supermarket delivery

Most major supermarket chains will deliver groceries to the door of Cheddar residents, if you place your order over the internet and pay by credit or debit card. If you are unable to get out to these superstores yourself, these services can be very useful. Simply specify your preferred delivery time when you place your order. You will need to register with them to access the service, some may require a minimum order value and there will probably be a delivery charge. If you order an item that turns out to be unavailable, they usually substitute it with something similar.

Here are the links to their web sites:

Ocado - offering a Tesco Price Match and founded on “green” principles to provide a more sustainable alternative to internet shopping. Delivering Waitrose and Morrisons products. Cheddar’s nearest Waitrose is at Weston-Super-Mare and Morrisons is at Worle.

Sainsbury’s to You – Cheddar’s nearest Sainsbury’s is at Worle but the home delivery service does come out to Cheddar.

Asda Groceries Online – Cheddar’s nearest Asdas are at Weston-Super-Mare and Highbridge. The Weston branch provides the home shopping service to Cheddar.

Tesco Online Shopping (but there is a Tesco Express in Cheddar anyway), and larger stores at Weston-Super-Mare and Wells.

Budgens in Cheddar also offer a local home delivery service, please contact the store on 01934 744546 for more information though, it’s not an internet service.

You may also find mysupermarket.co.uk useful in comparing prices between Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Ocado. They track the price of your trolley in all four supermarkets while you shop. You can then transfer the entire contents of your trolley to your preferred supermarket and automatically go forward to your chosen supermarket’s online checkout pages.

Somerset Farmers Markets

These run locally, see Somerset Farmers Markets for more details.

Local Cheddar produce

Food and drink products bearing the Cheddar name which are made in the village or surrounding area:

Cheddar Cheese - made by many local farms, but specifically in Cheddar by the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company where you can watch the cheese being made.

Cheddar Ales – A microbrewery producing quality real ales available locally in pubs and also in bottles to drink at home.

Cheddar Strawberries – once carried away via the Strawberry Line railway but now by motorists passing by the strawberry farms along the Cheddar to Wells road.

Cheddar Chocolate – producers of chocolate confectionery which can be personalised for any occasion.

Cheddar Spring Water – extracted from within the Mendip cave network.