Local suppliers

Ann's Smart Oils

All smart oils have just the right amount of seasoning and garlic - so no need to season.

Simply shake and use!

All perfectly blended with rapeseed oil making them amazing to fry, roast or dress in.

Bishop Nick

Sacred Ales of EssexThe Ridley family were devoted to brewing ale for the people of Essex from 1842 to 2005. Six generations produced the best local brews for 163 years.

Neilson Ridley has taken up the mantle once more, and with his Braintree based craft brewery 'Bishop Nick', is devoted to keeping Essex ales sacred.

Brentwood Brewery Company

A multi-award winning real ale micro brewery producing a wide range of draught and bottled beers. Having moved to a brand new brewery we can now increase production and take the business to a new level.

The Brentwood Brewery company has also worked together with Chelmsford Star Co-operative to bring you the ‘Summer Virgin' and ‘Winter Warmer' ales.

Broad Oak Farm Sausage Co.

A wide range of sausage varieties, Aberdeen Angus Beef Burgers and sliced ham all made with fully traceable British meat and locally produced seasonings.

"We are a 3rd generation family run business in Hatfield Broad Oak that has nearly 50 years experience in making quality sausages, hams and beef burgers in our BRC accredited factory. We work closely with local suppliers and have been serving Chelmsford Star Co-operative for over 9 years”


Chosan are an independent producer of exotic, healthy bottled drinks.

"Chosan" means cultural heritage in the Wolof Language spoken in the Gambia and Senegal and we reflect this African this Afican heritage through our range of soft drinks which use fruits and plants indigenous to the continent.

We are passionate about using exotic ingredients to provide drinks that are not only bursting with flavour but also allow you to benefit from the many health benefits associated with the flowers and fruits.

Coles Puddings

Cole's Puddings offer an extensive range of high quality Christmas pudding, steamed puddings and festive treats. The business was originally established as A.J. Cole in Essex in 1939. Using his Great Grandmother's book of recipes, Albert Cole created a range of puddings. In 2010, Cole's became part of the Wilkin & Sons Ltd. Family of businesses.

Cole's has developed a reputation for making some of the most delicious Christmas puddings on the market. Our puddings are free from artificial colours and flavours, and are suitable for vegetarians. The proof is in the eating.

Dan Hull Prepared Food

New range of handmade pies, ready meals, coleslaw, parfait and cooked meats.

  • All handmade with quality ingredients
  • Sourced locally - all meat and poultry

"Hi I'm Dan, we are a small business in Burnham-on-Crouch making a range of pies, ready meals, and other farm shop goodies! It's all sourced locally, made from the best quality local ingredients and produced by local people. Enjoy!”

DC Williamson

D.C. Williamson Limited is a family run soft fruit farm that is situated on the Essex/Suffolk borders. We have 120 acres of soft fruits from strawberries and raspberries to rhubarb and redcurrants.

We have our own packhouse on site which is BRC accredited, and are continually expanding our product ranges to include various puree and juices.

Dedham Vale Vineyard

The Vineyard is set in 40 acres of glorious rolling English countryside, on the edge of the Stour Valley in the Dedham Vale.

The vineyard produces six styles of award winning wines, and the estate offers its proprietary cider, signature fruit liqueurs and much more.

Delvin End Cider

Nestled in our newly planted old East Anglian variety apple orchard.

Vintage Real Essex Cider made from locally grown handpicked eating apples freshly pressed, with no added sugar, water, colourings or flavourings. Not filtered, pasteurised or carbonated. A traditional, still, crisp, clear real cider.

Elixirs of Life

Natural skin, hair &body care products providing a total alternative to mass produced commercial products.

All of Elixirs of Life hand-made products have been sent to a recognised laboratory for testing, they made been analysed and certification has been granted stating they are safe to use on the skin.

Fairfields Farm Crisps

Robert & Laura Strathern grow the best varieties of potatoes for frying, Fairfields then lovingly create a range of hand cooed crisps at our factory in Colchester.

Sourcing the finest natural ingredients from artisan producers in our region and using sunflower oil means that many of our flavours are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians - try them, you just can't put them down!

Fairfields Farm Potatoes

In 2008 Fairfields launched their own fresh potato range of pre-packed and boxed bakers, which has gone from the strength to strength across the Essex and Suffolk area.

We pride ourselves on being able to show our valued customers which field the potatoes are grown in, and where our potatoes are stored, graded, washed, cooked and bagged - all on our family farm in the village of Wormingford.

Farmer Brown's Oil

The seed is grown on the Essex / Suffolk border using sustainable agricultural methods. Using processes with total traceability, the seed is dried then gently cold pressed. During this process no chemicals are used to extract or refine the oil. Just 100% pure Rapeseed oil. The oil is filtered and bottled at the farm thereby retaining its goodness and nutritional properties.

A delicate, versatile, mild tasting oil that is low in saturated fat but contains omega 3, 6 and 9. It has high burn point which makes it wonderful for roasting and frying. It is also excellent for dressing and marinades.

Fiveways Fruit Farm

Fiveways Fruit Farm is a local farm situated in Stanway which sells Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Apples, Asparagus and Christmas Trees.

We supply selected Chelmsford Star Co-op stores with Essex strawberries & raspberries.

Haymans Gin

The original company of Hayman Distillers was founded in 1863 when Christopher Hayman's Great Grandfather, James Burrough purchased a gin rectifying company. The Hayman family retained part of the business and today continue the tradition and the inherent passion of distilling and producing fine spirits. Christopher has over 40 years of Gin expertise and knowledge and today, Hayman Distillers is run by his children James and Miranda, the 5th generation of the family.

Hayman's Gin is a range of 6 different styles from the Gin family which follow the evolution and history of gin over the last 150 years.

The Hayman's Gin styles are distilled to family recipes and posses an elegant complex balance.

Hill Holme Juice

One of the finest quality apples from local orchards are handpicked and pressed to create our extensive range of award winning juices.

Using traditional farmhouse production methods, we carefully select our apples from the wealth of surrounding orchards. These are hand graded into small batches, then gently pasteurised to maintain their unique flavours. Our selection ranges from heritage varieties such as Chelmsford Wonder and D'arcy Spice to traditional favourites such as Discovery, Cox and Gala.

Howletts Hall Venison & Game

Howletts Hall is a family run farm set in 500 acres and is a place of natural beauty and wildlife.

Our venison is sourced from fallow deer that are free to roam the Essex countryside. Butchered on site from the finest, fully traceable wild venison.

Special orders are specific cuts can always be catered for.

Jim Jams

We specialise in healthy, wholesome, natural food and make spreads and preserves with no added sugar, gluten free, and are kinder to teeth! Perfect for children and the whole family.

Jules & Sharpie

'Purveyors of hot preservaments since 2002'

All Jules & Sharpie products have an appealing blend of heat and flavour. Each one is a versatile gem that can be used as a condiment or more adventurously in a favourite recipe. Try them in sauces, stir fry's, sandwiches, dressing and marinades, or as a dip, glaze or barbecue flash.

Ken Green Fish

We are a Fish Merchant who supplies to retail and wholesale customers. We specialise in smoked fish which we smoke ourselves from our premises in Clacton.

Kings Seeds

Essex has been the centre of English seed production for many centuries. Its climate and rainfall are ideal for raising plants and taking them through the growing cycle to obtain the highest quality of seed.

Kings have been following that process for over a hundred years. On our farm of some 300 acres, we have been selecting and maintaining seed stocks longer than most. We are now unique in that Kings is the last surviving wholesale horticultural seed merchant in the country.

We supply seed to commercial growers of flowers and vegetables, wholesale to large users of seed and to the home gardener through our seed packets. Whichever type of customer Kings are supplying they all have one thing in common; they all receive the same fine quality seed.

There have been many changes over the hundred years of our company's existence and there will be many more in the next hundred but quality of the highest standard is one thing that has never changed at Kings and never will in the future.

Leggs Bakery

Danny Stevens first bought Leggs Bakery in Halstead three years ago and since then the business has risen from a one-man-band to a thriving wholesale business with a 15-strong team.

It had long been Danny's ambition to run his own successful business, and when he was made redundant from his work in retail project management, he decided to take the plunge. Although he didn't know at this point that his venture would result in him becoming one of Essex's star bakers!

Maldon Sea Salt

Maldon Sea Salt is made with the same care and traditional methods we have been using for generations. The distinctive shape of our pyramid crystals has always been our company trademark, celebrating the unique quality of our sea salt flakes.

Margaret's Frozen Luxuries

'Here at Margaret's Frozen Luxuries we believe quality ingredients and delicious food go hand in hand. Award winning premium frozen yoghurts made with Jersey and Guernsey milks; below 3% fat, gluten free, vegetarian. We gently blend crushed fruit for a creamy taste, fresh, indulgent and totally sublime. Best Essex Food Product 2012.

Marriage's Flour

Comprehensive range of quality bread, cake, pastry flours for home bakers.

  • All strong flours suitable for bread machines and hand baking.
  • Range includes Organic certified varieties.

Family run flour millers in Chelmsford since 1824, Marriage's source much of their wheat from local farmers within 25-30 miles from Chelmer Mills. Stoneground wholemeal bread flours are traditionally milled on hundred year old mill stones, for a 'nutty' taste and texture.

Priors Hall Farm

We are producing a great new range of bespoke fresh meat cuts, presented by our skilled butchers and simply packaged to arrive perfectly on your place.

In 2003, Priors Hall diversifed from just farming and started producing pork products from grain to plate. After much encouragement from many of our loyal customers, we have now sourced other local meats also reared to match our high welfare standards. Our produce is totally traceable and direct from the farm.

Raynors Sandwiches

Award-winning sandwiches from Raynor Foods.

Hand-made in Chelmsford using the finest ingredients, including ham from Great Taste Gold award-winners Wicks Manor Farm in Essex, high-flavour Intense™ tomatoes and our very own variety of lettuce, naturally bred for flavour, freshness and crunch.


We take traditional British Sweets and coat our olive oil propped corn in all the amazing flavours of your childhood!

Each handmade bag of Retrocorn is a feast for you senses; using only the very best ingredients to create a super-indulgent little package of delight that you, your friends and family, can enjoy without any sense of guild.

Round Tower Brewery

Interesting beer brewed with passion.

We are a small independent microbrewery based in the centre of Chelmsford City producing modern craft beer using only the finest ingredients. Our forward thinking brews range from well-hopped golds, through contemporary browns to rich and complex stouts. Each recipe is unique.

Scarlett & Mustard

Delicious dressings, marinades, sauces, oils, condiments & curds.

For food-mad families & epicureans everywhere!

All made using the best, zingiest, freshest ingredients we can find, and we don't use any additives, colourings or flavourings. Just Add Food!

Shaken Udder Milkshakes

Shaken Udder Milkshakes are a magnificent herd of delicious milkshakes made with fresh British milk and real fruit or chocolate. What's more they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

Shaken Udder started life back in 2004 as Jodie and Howie's dream to produce Britain's Best Milkshakes and they haven't looked back! Best of all they are delicious, so go on and give them a try.

The Grown Up Chocolate Company

The idea behind our grown up chocolate bars is that they're reminiscent of the chocolate bars we ate as children but with an adult twist.

We focus on great quality ingredients and love the fact that our bars are unashamedly indulgent - we wouldn't have it any other way!

The Old Barn Smokery

At The Old Barn Smokery, we are passionate about how we smoke our food.

Using best ethically and sustainably produced ingredients, locally produced wherever possible.

Our ingredients are carefully prepared and brined or dry cured before being slowly and gently cold and /or hot cold smoked over oak, beech or alder wood.

Our aim is to enhance the flavour and add a subtle smokiness and not to overpower the wonderful ingredient

Thursday Cottage

Thursday Cottage Handmade Preserves is based south of Colchester.

2013 is significant - they celebrate their 50th birthday. Perhaps its the simplicity of the recipes that accounts for their longevity? Only about 100 jars are made from each boil in traditional open 'jam pans' and the ingredients used are the finest and freshest they can find.

Tiptree Patisserie

Tiptree Patisserie, the home of quality handmade cakes, biscuits and high class patisserie. Our expereienced team of bakers, patissiers and cake decorators make a vast range of exceptional products on a daily basis.

We currently stock the 'Yours to Enjoy' range of cake bars, with ohter lines coming soon.


Our range of Micro Sauces have been developed using only the finest quality herbs and spices. We understand that both quality and convenience play an important part in today's modern eating experience, which is why we have created such a delicious range of sauces in less wasteful portion sizes and in containers that can be heated in a matter of seconds.

Wicks Manor Pork

"Made on our Farm" Established in 1967, we produce dry cured bacon, sausages, burgers, ham, gammons and pork on our family run pig farm near Maldon.

"Proud of our Quality" Our facility is BRC Grade A approved to ensure you receive our Premium Maldon product at it's best every time.