Shopping in Weardale

Food Shopping

Rookhope does have its own shop, though it is only open mornings and has a limited range of essentials – there is a list of opening times in the visitor folder in the Cottage. The nearest shops apart from the one in the village are Coop stores in Westgate or Stanhope, along with a Greengrocer and other shops. There are also small supermarkets in Alston and Allendale on the way across from Tynedale.

If you want to do a supermarket shop on the way to Rookhope rather than bringing all from home, then:

  • from the A1M, then there are a Sainsbury’s,  ASDA and others on an out of town site in St Helen’s Auckland on the main road through.
  • If you are arriving via the M6, Penrith has Booths, Coop, Morrisons and Aldi all very near the junction itself.

You can also order your shopping online to be delivered to your holiday cottage, though bear in mind some of the supermarkets don’t deliver on Saturday afternoons or Sundays. There is a list on the Online Shopping page.

We can provide a fuller list of useful shops when you have made your booking. Once your supplies are in, just enjoy the tranquility of life up in the Pennines!

Cafés & Restaurants

Hemmel Café, AllenheadsThere are some very nice cafés around here, as well as some great pubs (see the Weardale Pubs Guide) and we’d like to recommend a few of our favourites for while you’re out and about in Weardale and the Pennines:

  • Bradley Burn
  • Chatterbox, St John’s Chapel
  • Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope
  • Station Café, Stanhope
  • Horsley Hall, Eastgate (closest ‘nice’ restaurant to Rookhope)
  • No 10, Market Square, Wolsingham
  • The Hemmell, Allenheads
  • Garden Station, Langley on Tyne
  • Teesdale Hotel, Middleton-in-Teesdale

A fuller list is on the Weardale Cafés page

Galleries and Gifts

Allendale Forge Studios

by Walter Holmes

The region has plenty of gift shops as you can probably imagine, but some of our favourites are:

  • Alex Clark, Stanhope
  • Allendale Forge Studios, Allendale
  • Bradley Burn Farm Shop & Cafe, Wolsingham
  • Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope
  • Garden Station, Langley on Tyne
  • Haslam‘s, Hexham
  • Killhope Lead Mining Museum
  • Lime Tree Gallery, Stanhope
  • Originals, Crafts and the Chatterbox Café, St John’s Chapel

You’ll find more on the Discover Weardale website. Feel free to add you own favourites to this page and share them with other visitors.


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