Orford General Store

Everything you could want from a Village store and more.

Regional Finalist in the Countryside Alliance Village Shop of the Year 2012.

Daily Telegraph Village Shop of the Year East of England Champion 2012

We are passionate about sourcing the best local products, our own exclusive ranges and combining this with all the essentials needed for your stay in Orford. We have a fully stocked Delicatessen with over 30 cheeses, our own produced ham, pies and olives. In the Wine Store you will find great value wines starting at £3.49 and an extensive range of old and new world wines to suit every palette; why not try a glass or two in Penny’s Café. We pride ourselves in having the freshest and best prepared coffee in the village, together with homemade cakes, scones and light lunches.

Every morning we receive fresh fruit and veggies from local farms or Covent Garden, together with our delicious homemade pies.

Our award winning on-site Butcher can prepare any cut of meat and prepare orders for parties and barbecues. He makes all our sausages on site daily, always with a special to try.

We stock a full range of groceries, dairy, ready meals and even everything you need for a day’s crabbing on the Quay.

We offer a full range of services including:

Opening Hours:

Monday 8.30 - 17.30
Tuesday 8.30 - 17.30
Wednesday 8.30 - 17.30
Thursday 8.30 - 17.30
Friday 8.30 - 17.30
Saturday 8.30 - 17.30
Sunday 10.00 - 16.00


Penny Teale
Telephone 01394 450219



Orford General Store News

Orford General Store has just been crowned the Village Shop & Post Office of the year for the Eastern Region, fighting off tough competition across several Counties.

Orford General Store resides in the peaceful village of Orford on the Suffolk Coast. On site are the Village Store, Delicatessen, traditional Butchers Shop, Post Office and Café. The business was taken over by Penny Teale at the end of 2010 and immediately regenerated to what you see today, servicing Orford and the surrounding villages, plus a thriving tourist trade. Penny Teale puts down the success in the competition to a number of factors; ‘running a vibrant Village Shop is hard work and to become successful we took a good look at the ranges we sold to make sure we provide all the products that our locals would expect in a small supermarket. We then overlay this core - with a special range of locally sourced and speciality items. We aim to source as much as possible from local producers, so that we know where the products are grown or made, as well as supporting the local rural economy’. ‘We must ensure we remain competitive against the supermarkets, so we regularly conduct price checks against Waitrose who in turn price check against Tesco; offering good value is important to our customers. As a small business we take a keen interest in our overhead costs and fight against continual increases in electricity, business rates and other running costs. The key to survival in a rural community is to be profitable’. ‘Finally and most important, it is the personal service we can give to our Customers. All of the Orford General Store team live locally and are keen to help. Without the great team, we would not have won this prestigious ‘Rural Oscar’.

Orford General Store is now entered into the National Final to be held on 13th March 2013 at the House of Lords and is amongst 10 finalists.