Month: September 2020

About the Penrith Co-operative Society

Formed in 1890, the Penrith Co-operative Society Limited is a successful and independent co-operative society which serves the needs of village and town communities in the heart of Eden Valley, the Lake District and Weardale Valley, areas traditionally known for farming and tourism.

The society is owned by its Members (25,005 in July 2010) and controlled by a lay Board of Directors, with operations run by professional management and around 260 staff.

The society’s stores sell the Co-op range of goods, along with other products sourced locally. The Penrith store has a large grocery supermarket, the latest fashions, a home furnishing department and the largest display of electrical goods in town, along with a cafe to relax in. In Penrith and all our other stores you’ll find the best in fruit and vegetables, grown locally and from other parts of the world.

Since 1890, each store has provided a free food delivery service and operates a simple system for orders by phone, letter, fax or email. All items displayed in the Penrith Department Store can be ordered by telephone or by visiting any of the Society Stores *. See the Contact page for details of how to contact us.

The Society has strong co-operative values, and members get a share of dividends twice a year. Our ethics lead us to support Fair Trade, reduce our impact on the Environment, and look after our employees, customers and the community.

For details of membership and receiving dividends, see the Members page.

Our long history is described in the book “Penrith Co-operative Society – An Illustrated Chronicle 1890-2006” by K & J Hood.


Board of Directors of Penrith Co-operative Society


Correct at April 2019:

  • Ralph Beaumont BA (Hons) LL.B (Hons) MSc – President
  • David Robinson Pg Dip MRIPH FRSPH – Vice President
  • Linda Foulds
  • Robert Good
  • Alan Little BA (Hons) MBA
  • Nicholas Lloyd
  • Mitchell Smith


Chief Executive Officer

  • John Mills – Chief Executive Officer

Registered Office

  • 19, Burrowgate
  • Penrith
  • Cumbria
  • CA11 7TD

Registered Number

2854R (England and Wales)

Home-Food-Relax @19 – Penrith Co-op

Home @19 at Penrith Co-op

The Home department on the first floor of our refurbished store at 19 Burrowgate Penrith is called Home @19 and is open from 8:30am until 5:30pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am until 4pm on Sundays.
Electrical items are on the ground floor within Food@19 Penrith CO-OP.
Watch out for regular Home Offers to make sure that your money goes further.

Great choice and value

Flat screen LCD TVs at Penrith Co-op Home @19
Our Home @19 department is well worth a visit with its range of stylish, contemporary and classical furniture for living and dining on – complemented by our fine range of upholstered chairs and suites. And for the bedroom, there’s a wide choice of designs and sizes of beds, headboards, mattresses and bedroom furniture.

To set off each room, our carpet and rug department is too good to miss. And don’t worry about getting your measurements right, as we offer a free measuring and estimating service at your home.

There’s also plenty of choice in our gift and houseware section, with ornaments, cookware, tableware, cutlery and glassware.

Finally check out our range of baby goods & prams. Electrical appliances, from kettles to washing machines, are on the ground floor within the supermarket.

Free home delivery *

Houseware and luggage at Penrith Co-op Home @19
We offer home delivery in our area on products from Home @19.

  • Either shop instore and ask us to deliver
  • Or contact us by phone, fax or email

Don’t forget

Food @19 at Penrith Co-op

Our refurbished store at 19 Burrowgate Penrith features a new supermarket on the ground floor called Food @19. Opening times:

Mon – Sat: 8am to 8pm
Sun: 10am to 4pm

Complete range of groceries at Food @19:

  • Fresh dairy, bakery and butchery
  • Fresh fruit & vegetables – please weigh and price any loose items
  • Fair Trade products
  • Organic and gluten free products
  • Ethnic foods
  • Frozen foods
  • Convenience foods
  • Fine range of beers, wines & spirits
  • Newspapers, magazines and greeting cards
  • Lottery
  • All our electrical appliances are in the supermarket on the ground floor.

Watch out for regular Food Offers to make sure that your money goes further.

Grand selection

The great buys at Food @19 include top brand products and the Co-op Own label. And, as the Co-op is the largest Fair Trade retailer, you can purchase knowing that Third World producers are getting a fair deal. We also have a large selection of Organic and other speciality products.

Instore there are excellent displays of fruit and vegetables, delicatessen and the very best of fresh meat from our instore butchery. And don’t forget our special range of sausages, with the unique and secret recipe.

We boast a fine selection of beers, wines and spirits guaranteed to make a party go down well, at prices that you won’t find hard to swallow. You can also buy your newspapers, magazines and lottery tickets within the store.

Free home delivery *

We offer free home delivery in our area on food products from Food @19. – same day or next day.

Either shop instore and ask us to deliver
Or contact us by phone, fax or email

Our delivery vehicles are not refrigerated, so do not order chilled or frozen foods. If purchasing in store and asking for home delivery, please take these items straight home yourself once purchased.

Free food deliveries at our Penrith Store are accepted at the grocery checkouts until 4pm, with delivery up until 6pm that day.

Don’t forget

Please weigh any loose fruit and veg
If you are a Society member, please state your Share Number at the till and keep your receipt – see instructions.
Don’t forget to bring your own cotton shopping bags – or pick one up in store.

Relax @19 cafe at Penrith Co-op

Enjoy a bite to eat or a full meal at the Penrith Co-op cafe Relax . Have a drink, snack or meal at our Relax @19 cafe, on the first floor of our refurbished store at 19 Burrowgate Penrith, open from 8:30am until 5pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am until 3pm for Sunday lunch.

Extensive menu

With a choice of comfortable and luxury seating, you can have a refreshing drink in a variety of hot and cold flavours, and a quick snack. However, if you want to relax a bit more, why not have a full meal from our extensive menu.

Counter service

Relax in a sofa or take a seat at a table
Check out our extensive menu
Order and pay at the counter
Give your member Share Number
For meals, take a number back to your table

The Stanhope Co-op

The Stanhope Co-op is situated on the Main Street in the centre of Stanhope.

  • Belle View House
  • 33/35 Front Street
  • Stanhope
  • Bishop Auckland
  • Co Durham
  • DL13 2TS
  • Tel: 01388 528219

We accept all major credit cards and there is a cash machine on site for your convenience.

Opening Hours
Mon – Sat: 8am – 10pm
Sun: 9am – 8pm

Convenient for all your:

  • Groceries
  • Fresh dairy, fruit & vegetables
  • Fair trade products
  • Organic and gluten free products
  • Fine range of beers, wines & spirits

Free delivery service *

All items displayed in the Penrith Department Store can be ordered by telephone, fax or email, or by visiting this Society Store. Groceries are delivered for free on the same day or the next day. Our delivery vehicles are not refrigerated. Non Food Items in stock are normally delivered within the Society’s trading area by the next day.

St John’s Chapel Co-op Food Store

The St John’s Chapel Co-op is situated in the Market Place of St John’s Chapel.

  • 3 Market Place
  • St Johns Chapel
  • Bishop Auckland
  • Co Durham
  • DL13 1QF
  • Tel: 01388 537210

We accept all major credit cards.

Opening Hours
Mon – Sat: 9am – 5pm

Convenient for all your:

  • Groceries
  • Fresh dairy, fruit & vegetables
  • Fair trade products
  • Organic and gluten free products
  • Fine range of beers, wines & spirits
  • Small electrical

Free delivery service *

All items displayed in the Penrith Department Store can be ordered by telephone, fax or email, or by visiting this Society Store. Groceries are delivered for free on the same day or the next day. Our delivery vehicles are not refrigerated. Non Food Items in stock are normally delivered within the Society’s trading area by the next day.

Westgate Co-op Food Store and Post Office

The Westgate Co-op and Post Office is situated on the A689 in the centre of Westgate. This is the only store in this picturesque village.

  • 1 Front Street
  • Westgate
  • Bishop Auckland
  • Co Durham
  • DL13 1RX
  • Tel: 01388 517223

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
Sat: 9am – 5pm

Post Office
Mon: 9.30am – 1pm
Tues: 9.30am – 1pm
Wed: 9.30am – 11am
Thurs: 9.30am – 1pm
Fri: 9.30am – 11am and 2pm – 4pm
Sat: 9am – 11am

Convenient for all your:

  • Groceries
  • Fresh dairy, fruit & vegetables
  • Fine range of beers, wines & spirits
  • Post Office transactions

Free delivery service *

All items displayed in the Penrith Department Store can be ordered by telephone, fax or email, or by visiting this Society Store. Groceries are delivered for free on the same day or the next day. Our delivery vehicles are not refrigerated. Non Food Items in stock are normally delivered within the Society’s trading area by the next day.

Frosterley Co-op Food Store and Post Office


The Frosterley Co-op and Post Office is situated on the A689 on the Front Street in the centre of Frosterley. It is convenient for all your shopping with ample parking nearby.

  • 21 Front Street
  • Frosterley
  • Bishop Auckland
  • Co Durham
  • DL13 2QS
  • Tel: 01388 527321

We accept all major credit cards.

Opening Hours
Mon – Sat: 8am – 6:30pm
Sun: 8am – 2pm

Post Office
Mon – Fri: 9.00am – 5.30pm
Sat: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Convenient for all your:

  • Post Office transactions
  • Groceries
  • Fresh dairy, fruit & vegetables
  • Fair trade products
  • Organic and gluten free products
  • Fine range of beers, wines & spirits
  • Small electrical & household goods
  • Instore bakery
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Gas top up facility
  • Phone top up facility
  • Lottery

Free delivery service *

All items displayed in the Penrith Department Store can be ordered by telephone, fax or email, or by visiting this Society Store. Groceries are delivered for free on the same day or the next day. Our delivery vehicles are not refrigerated. Non Food Items in stock are normally delivered within the Society’s trading area by the next day.