After my recent camping holiday in the Forest of Dean, I become familiar with the different food shops in Coleford. There was plenty of choice from some supermarkets to the more traditional food shops like butchers, delicatessen and bakers. The town provided everything we needed and some delicious locally produced extras.
Two supermarkets service the town, a small Tesco and also a bigger Coop store. They both sell what you expect in a supermarket. Out of the two, the Coop had more options and was fantastic for picnic food and essentials.
Forest Deli is a delicatessen in the centre of Coleford selling a big variety of cheeses and other local products.
On my last visit, I purchased some delicious mixed olives and some local Single Gloucester cheese. One regret is I forgot to get a bottle of Mead made by Wye Valley Meadery. They also serve takeaway soups throughout the week. These are ideal for lunch or to put in a flask for hiking in the area. https://forest-deli.co.uk/
The Crusty Loaf Bakery
The Crusty Loaf Bakery is an award-winning baker and is the place to shop if you love bread or cakes. I tried most of their bread rolls, white and brown, during my walking break. The brown malted roll was my favourite.
They also have many cakes on offer. All were delicious, including carrot cake and Eccles cakes, to name a few. https://www.facebook.com/pg/thecrustyloafuk/
The Baguette Stop
Stopped at the Baguette Stop a few times for breakfast/ brunch pre-walk and even some to take away. Special mention to their chicken curry and bacon and tomato baguettes. The cafe is pleasant, very good value and the staff were friendly. As a bonus, on a warm day they have outdoor seating.
Butchers Shops in Coleford
There are 3 butchers in Coleford. I used all 3 for different meats. I used the butchers mainly for bacon and sausages for breakfast, including some delicious local Forest of Dean beef sausage.
We used chicken breast and pork for kebabs on our barbecue at Greenacres Campsite.
Adam Scott The Choice Is Yours – Greengrocers Shop
Near to the clock tower is The Choice Is Yours, a greengrocer’s shop that stocks a fantastic range of fresh fruit and vegetables. They are very handy for stocking up for camping or hiking adventures or a regular shop. Their options were great and very fresh when I visited on my trips to Coleford. I used mushrooms, aubergine, onions and salad, all of which can be purchased by weight.
Coleford Shopping Summary
There are some great food shops in Coleford, enough to keep you happy if living in the area or on a holiday.