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30th October 2015


 Celebrating the heritage of the Dartington Hall Estate and Elmhirst family, The Shops at Dartington has unveiled a delightful new ale, aptly named, Elmhirst Ale. Available both from the on-site ‘The Food Shop’ and ‘Devon Drinks’, as well as online at, this smooth, malty ale adds to the ever expanding range of The Shops at Dartington’s exclusive own brand premium products.[image]

Brewed less than 10 miles away by family run microbrewery, Hunter’s, Elmhirst Ale is a distinctive traditional amber ale with a velvety, smooth finish and good depth of flavour. Produced using traditional brewing methods and the very best local ingredients including a mix of hops, this refreshing new ale boasts taste bud tingling notes of strawberry, chocolate and caramel. Elmhirst Ale is available in 500ml bottles (5% ABV) and can be purchased individually, RRP £2.99 each or two for £5.50.

For those looking to treat food and drink loving friends, The Shops at Dartington’s delicious own brand range can be purchased online at There’s no better gift for the ultimate foodie than a bespoke hamper or gift set of The Shops at Dartington’s divine products. This innovative range also includes fudge, chocolates, jams, condiments, curds, biscuits and two ciders; Dartington Organic Vintage Cider and Dartington Organic Cider Devon Blush.

A group of 14 shops and cafes, located in a beautiful rural setting in a range of what were once farm buildings, The Shops at Dartington is owned by the Dartington Hall Trust. An independent charitable organisation, trading ethically and sustainably as a social enterprise in order to help support the Trust’s activities in Social Justice, Sustainability and the Arts. With a unique selection of shops to explore hours can be spent browsing the exquisite craft and pottery collections, stylish women’s and men’s fashion, homeware and unusual gifts and furnishings. There’s also the two on-site cafés, The Venus Company and Cranks, which serve delicious, fresh dishes.

‘The Food Shop’ is a food and drink lovers paradise, packed with cakes, artisan fresh breads, premium locally sourced meats, tasty cheeses and tempting treats. Positioned in the historic apple store at The Shops at Dartington, ‘Devon Drinks’ is devoted entirely to Devon produced drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

For further information on The Shops at Dartington visit where you can buy a carefully chosen ‘edited’ selection of ‘best picks’ from The Shops at Dartington’s spectacular shops. With home delivery and convenient ‘click and collect’ services available, it’s now easier than ever before to browse and purchase from The Shops at Dartington’s stunning collections. For up to date news and offers follow @Shopdartington on Twitter and ‘Like’ on Facebook.



The Shops at Dartington Christmas Fair
th – 20th December 2015

For further information, photography, samples or an interview with Barbara King please contact:

Hayley Reynolds at RAW PR and Marketing –;

Tel: 01548 550 429; Mobile: 07887 474 104; Twitter: @HayleyJReynolds; @RawSW




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