© Caroline True
For many years there had been a small shop and post office but in spring 2008 Robin Tindale, who had run the shop and been its postmaster, decided to retire with no obvious successor or purchaser for the business. A group of villagers decided to form a community social enterprise which, funded by grants and local donations, opened a newly-refurbished, modern shop and Post Office at Easter 2009.
It was an immediate success thanks to the hard work of the staff, the many volunteers and the support of the local community and became the heart of the village, particularly after the addition of the Mells Café two years later.
As well as supplying a full range of basic foodstuffs and household products the Mells Village Shop offers the best in local produce, fresh fruit and veg and a wide range of ingredients for the serious cooks. It also stocks local beers and ciders, wines and spirits, cigarettes and, of course, sweets, confectionery, stationery and Lottery tickets.
As well as our basic ranges, you will find:
- Hobbs House Bakery fresh bread and rolls
- Home-baked cakes from Frome WI Market
- Fresh eggs
- Ivy House Farm Organic Jersey milk and cream
- Greens of Glastonbury organic cheeses
- Gould’s Cheddar
- Ready meals
- Sweets from Cheddar Sweet Kitchen
- The Wiltshire Smokehouse traditional smoked meat & game
- Mere Fish Farm smoked trout products
- Fussell’s rapeseed oils
- Jon Thorner’s cold meats, fish & pies
- Orchard Pig apple juice & cider
- Box House Brewery beers
- Butcombe Beers
- A selections of fresh sandwiches and baguettes to take away
Gifts & Souvenirs
The Mells Village Shop offers the work of local artists and a range of locally made gifts, such as distinctive earthenware pottery from Philip Wood of Whatley, work by Katherine Pollen a local potter with strong Mells ties and in-season plants supplied by Minty & Son of Frome.
It also stocks a range of items to remind you of the lovely village of Mells when you return home including local guides, maps and local history books, a wide range of cards, some by local artists.
- Pick up repeat prescriptions from the Mendip Country Practice in Coleford
- Health Lottery tickets
- Collection of pre-ordered groceries
- Seasonal garden plants
- Disabled WC in the Café