Local Markets For Self-Catering Holidays In The UK | Natural Retreats

A Foodies Guide To The Best Local Markets

So why are self-catering holidays just so popular? Well, this fabulously flexible option really gives you the freedom to come and go as you please. No restrictions on timings or menus, an opportunity to interact with the locals and a chance to explore incredible hidden culinary gems.

We’ve taken three of our beautiful Natural Retreats and invite you to discover our favourite local markets for foodies, plus top tips on traditional home-grown dishes for you to try during your stay!

Yorkshire Dales

The Richmond Saturday Market (5 minutes’ drive from Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales or a leisurely walk along the river Swale) is a friendly meeting of local vendors and food enthusiasts and is popular with both visitors and locals alike. A huge variety of products are available which include fresh fish, meat, cheese, fruit & veg and much more. Catch all the fun from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

The market is open every Saturday but tends to be busiest on the 3rd weekend of each month as it joins forces with the wonderful Richmond Farmers Market, bringing even more treats to tempt visitors.

For those looking for that hard-to-find ingredient, we thoroughly recommend meandering your way to Jeffersons or the Wives Kitchen in Richmond. Both are located within a 5 minute drive/30 minute walk of our lodges at Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales and are excellent for those with special dietary requirements, a taste for organic fare or those looking for a good old fashioned local grocer. Make sure you plan your visit however, as both are closed on Sundays!

During your stay, why not try…
• Yorkshire Parkin (sticky gingerbread cake)
• Yorkshire Puddings (a must try at the Wensleydale Heifer!)
• Local Yorkshire Ales (try the Blue Lion pub for a unique range of hand pulled guest ales!)

Llŷn Peninsula

For those in the know, Glasfryn Farm Shop is the place to be for foodies. Just a 13 minute drive from the stunning cottages at Natural Retreats Llŷn Peninsula, this quintessential Welsh farm shop is a well-known hotspot for local fare and boasts a wide selection of the tastiest Welsh ingredients.

Having won many awards for quality, their range includes a vast array of treats including the finest Welsh Black Beef, Llyn lamb, bacon and sausages, vegetables, speciality cheeses, homemade ready meals, irresistible puddings, jams and preserves, luxury hand-made biscuits, tangy sauces and a variety of ‘Free From’ products.

During your stay, make sure you try…
• Welsh Rarebit (amazing cheese on toast)
​• Bara Brith (rich fruit bread)
• Welsh Lamb (perfect when cooked low and slow)


St Austell Local Produce Market is a vibrant, well run market held on two days of the week (Friday and Saturday) with local farmers, growers and food producers. Based just 5 minutes’ drive from our beautiful homes at Natural Retreats Trewhiddle, it’s the perfect spot to pick up some delicious local ingredients.

Local producers bring a great range of foods to the market which include locally reared pork, fresh and locally smoked fish, Cornish cheeses, wild game, freshly made Nepalese curries, homemade cakes & biscuits and delicious speciality breads. Plus, make sure you catch the tempting hog roast, demonstration kitchen (with local chefs cooking seasonal produce) and musical entertainment whilst wandering round!

The stall owners are friendly and welcoming, so don’t be afraid to ask them what the produce are and the best way to cook them.

During your visit, don’t forget to try…
• Cornish Pasties (meat and vegetable filled pastries)
• Cornish Clotted Cream Teas (scones, jams and cream galore!)
• Cornish Ice Cream (a must try at the Kingswood Bar & Restaurant)

Top Tips


Carry bag

Remember to bring a heavy duty bag to carry your purchases home from the markets


Early Start

It’s best to head to any local markets in the morning, for the pick of the produce.