Locks Garage The Fortnum & Mason of the Borders

I think it would be a safe bet to say that every Herefordian will at some point in their life have visited Locks Garage at Allensmore.

From a distance it may look like an ordinary petrol station and grocery store, but as soon as you pull onto the forecourt you begin to understand why Locks has become a legend in Herefordshire.

Why?  Well, it literally sells EVERYTHING!

Besides the busy Post Office, newspapers and usual grocery items that you would expect, there is an enormous array of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, a chiller cabinet full of cheeses from local goats cheese to buffalo mozzarella, assorted yogurt, salami, chorizo, palma ham, cooked ham, pork pies, sausages, steaks, lamb chops, duck breasts and anchovies. You can even purchase bamboo shoots and vine leaves.

There is a wide range of wines, beers and spirits and soft drinks, plus a number of local ciders and real ales.

You can buy animal feed, food for gardens birds, domestic fuel, plants, cut flowers and all sorts of miscellaneous items ranging from wellingtons to fly swats.  They even have a car wash.

If that’s not enough, why not indulge in one of Lock’s famous whipped ice creams.  Tall spirals of creamy ice cream precariously balanced on top of a cornet.  Very well know throughout Hereford with people literally driving  miles to buy one.

So this will hopefully explain why in June 2007, Jane Wheatly of The Times called this Aladdin’s cave ‘The Fortnum & Mason of The Borders’.

Finally, as a local, I’ve always been impressed by the owners’ strong sense of community and generosity towards local customers.  Locks are generous in their support of local events and loyal to their regular customers.  There have been many occasions when I’ve had a free pineapple or bunch of bananas thrust into my hands because ‘they will be too ripe to sell the next day’.   

So, if you haven’t been to Locks, why not go and have a look this weekend and see what you can find…!

For more details, click here for the official Locks Garage website.

Or for directions, click here.

One response to “Locks Garage The Fortnum & Mason of the Borders

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