Health Food Shops – Carmarthen, South Wales

Having just returned from a relaxing mini-break in Carmarthenshire, I thought I’d continue my series of reviews on health food/speciality food shops around the country.

Despite managing to miss the main shopping centre of Carmarthen we came across three well stocked health food shops within a five minute walk. Could Carmarthen be the best stocked town for health foods in the UK? Admittedly, one was a very small Holland and Barrett, but that still counts if you’re looking for essentials!

We first came across Aardvark Alternatives at 6 Lammas St. A veritable little warren of interconnected rooms, packed with interesting and well chosen products. The shop keeper was deep in discussion with a girl who had just had restrictions placed upon her diet and was offering lengthily and knowledgeable advice – always a great sign in a Health Food Shop.


Aardvark Alternatives had everything from fresh, local vegetables to a well stocked fridge and freezer, store cupboard essentials, as well as an upstairs filled with health and beauty supplements and on site treatments. It’s well worth a detour.


 Further up the road at 23 Lammas St, we came across Waverley Stores and Vegetarian restaurant.


This cavernous shop had a similar good range of products (maybe a slightly smaller variety) but also housed an impressive deli style counter and cute vegetarian restaurant at the back of the shop. It was closed when we visited at nearing 5pm, but the menu looked appealing and how wonderful to find a veggie restaurant in a small town. The shop owner was delightful and gave us some fantastic advice over the best local attractions for our short trip.


 Well done Carmarthen, I’m mightily impressed 🙂

Rice Up Wholefoods Co=operative, Southampton

Definitely worth a detour for: Rice Up Wholefoods Co-operative, Southampton

dairy-free cheese at Rice Up Wholefoods

I’ve only just found this awesome health food shop. No supplements for body builders here, just great, well chosen products for those with restricted or extremely healthy diets. It even has a deli counter with dairy and egg free ready made sandwiches, salads and cakes – how cool is that!

dairy-free milks at Rice Up Wholefoods

The Seed, Buckfastleigh, Devon

I’m always delighted to find an independent health food shop, especially one in such a tiny, cute town as Buckfastleigh. It was very unexpected in such a small place, and it was one minute’s walk from where we stayed. A most welcome find 🙂

Well stocked with plenty of dairy free cheeses and milks, gorgeous fresh fruit and veg and also great coffee on tap. The staff were super friendly and helpful, with bags of local knowledge and advice. What’s not to like? Well worth a browse if you’re passing….

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The Bran Tub, Petersfield

Health Shops, worth taking a detour for:

The Bran Tub, Petersfield, Hampshire, UK

This lovely, cavernous health food shop has been a regular pilgrimage for us – a true well stocked treasure trove which is always buzzing with customers. I’ve found some real hard to find gems here, from soya condensed milk to real dairy-free choc ices. Definitely well worth a visit!

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