COVID-19: changes to opening hours and entry to support delivery

In order to maintain a delivery service for as long as we can we need to make a few changes.

1) We will operating new opening hours from 28th March 2020, as below.

Monday – Saturday 7.30am to 2.00pm

Sunday 8.00am to 10am

2) Entry to the shop will now be restricted to one person at a time to maintain a safe distance. Please queue outside at least two meters apart until the shop is free. Enter via the the front door and leave by the side door. 

3) If you are feeling at all unwell then please do not enter the shop. We will deliver to you.

4) If you are able, please place orders for deliveries by email to You will need to include a name, address and contact phone number.

For those without computer access please phone 01803 842148 between 9.00am and 4.00pm.

We will deliver as soon as possible and will contact you by phone when we are on our way.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Gary & Kay and all the wonderful staff at The Galleon

COVID-19: Maximum of two customers at a time and one way system in store

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, Galleon Stores & Post Office have instigated a maximum of two customers at a time policy and a one way system through the store. 

Please enter through the front door after checking the number inside, and leave by the side door.

One person can queue by the fruit and vegetable stall, but we ask that all other customers queue from the top of the steps, leaving at least 6 foot of space between each customer. 

Thank you for your cooperation and please stay safe.

Gary and Kay

Latest update on help and supplies available in response to coronavirus

Kay and Gary would like to thank the many villagers who have offered to help us support the community. 

Deliveries have rapidly increased this week as vulnerable customers have sought our help. Currently we are covering Goodrington to Kingswear in co-operation with our neighbours, Savills the Butchers. 

Please rest assured that our local suppliers of bread, dairy, eggs, fruit and vegetables are keeping us well supplied on a daily basis. 

If you or anyone you know requires help, please contact us on 01803 842148. 

Recycle your Galleon Stores branded plastic packaging in store, plus new top-up service for liquid hand soap

This month we’ve been making some further changes to reduce our plastic waste, as part of our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability.

All plastic packaging from the new Galleon Stores branded dried fruit, seeds and nuts, cereal, herbs & spices and confectionary (organic or not) can now be recycled in store. And, the most popular items from our own brand will be available in kilner jars, with absolutely no plastic packaging.

Looking for an item that we don’t have as a stock line? Let us know and we will make every effort to order the item in for you. 

Liquid hand soap is also now available as a top-up service; simply bring in an empty container to refill. 

As always, we really appreciate your support with introducing new initiatives, so please do pass the good news on! 

Any questions? Pop in and speak to Gary or Kay, or give us a call on 01803 842148. 

Additional hygiene controls in light of Coronavirus

In light of recent cases of Coronavirus within Torbay and the UK, we would like to reassure customers that we are operating additional appropriate hygiene procedures in line with guidance from Public Health England.  

In addition to our standard cleaning procedures, every two hours, all counters, handles, tills, pin pads, computers, screens etc receive a full antibacterial wipe down.

Children’s loose sweets have also been removed from the shelves and are now kept behind our counter, where they can be distributed by staff on request using disposable gloves.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Pop in and speak to a member of staff in store or give us a call on 01803 842148. 

Now stocking sugar-free preserves from local supplier Waterhouse Fayre

We’re currently stocking a range of jams and chutneys from Waterhouse Fayre, but did you know the team at Waterhouse have recently launched a new sugar-free preserve?

The Devon-based business were recently featured in the Western Morning News, discussing their new ‘FruitiFul’ label. The new range of preserves are ‘made with honey and a sugar substitute’ and feature three fruit jams and one marmalade. 

We’ll be holding a number of tasting days ahead of introducing the line instore, with dates to be announced soon. In the meantime, you can still find a range of traditional Waterhouse Fayre products on our shelves to tempt those taste buds. 

Happy New Year and a look back at 2019

Happy New Year to all our customers from Gary, Kay and all the staff.

We introduced a number of initiatives in 2019 to reduce our plastic waste and develop a more environmentally friendly, sustainable business. The initiatives covered areas such as packaging, gardening, new products and more.

We’ve included some of our key initiatives below:

  • Milk, juice, yoghurts and milkshakes now sold in glass bottles
  • Returnable plastic bags for our bread from Hallett’s The Bakers
  • Support local wildlife – advice on feeding, gardening and corridors
  • Sheep wool compost to replace peat and coir varieties
  • One plastic container for life with new top-up cleaning products
  • Palm oil and cruelty free, vegan soaps and shampoos
  • Beeswax for DIY reusable wraps, homemade soaps and candles

A big thank you to our customers for supporting us in these initiatives throughout 2019. We hope that you will continue to support our plans in 2020 and are keen for you to share any feedback and suggestions for other initiatives you would like us to introduce.

For more information, pop in and speak to Gary or Kay, give us a call or contact us here. You can also keep up to date with new initiatives on our dedicated page here.

Buy Peat Free compost for planting time at Galleon Stores

As we approach planting time in the UK, have you considered what compost you will be using? Concerns have been growing for many years now over the environmental impacts of using peat-based composts. See this article for example, on a 2010 consultation by the government to phase out horticultural use of peat.

At the end of last year, we introduced varieties of Peat Free Wool Compost from Dalefoot Composts available at £7.99 per 30L bag. Made from a blend of sheep’s wool and bracken, the compost is made wholly in the UK and is a ‘professional growing medium with consistent performance and reliable results. Read more on Why Peat Free? here.

Based in Cumbria, in addition to the sale of peat-free composts Dalefoot are also working on restoration projects more locally. They shared an update on one of their current restoration projects on Dartmoor:

‘The site on Dartmoor that we are restoring is a former peat works complete with its very own railway siding which connected the moors through to the main railway line. The work we are doing on the site has consisted of manipulating the hydrology of the site to raise the water table instead of diverting water off the site all the time. This will allow peat forming vegetation to grow in the small pools that are now visible on the site as further drains continue to be blocked. We are undertaking this restoration work using specially adapted diggers and machinery that can track over the peatland without degrading it further.

Results of this restoration work will consist of locking up carbon back into the bog rather than releasing it, better quality water that comes off the moors and then down into the water table, natural flood management as well as restoration of a uniquely important eco-system for biodiversity and flora.’

You can find out more about the work that is being done to protect peatland here.

Any questions? Pop in and speak to Gary, give us a call or contact us here.

We’re now selling palm-oil free soap

The range of Alter/Native soaps are plastic free, vegan and cruelty free, made with essential oils and free from nasty parabens. 

You’re likely to be spoilt for choice in terms of scent; some of our favourites include Coconut & Argan, Lavender & Lime and Peppermint & Poppyseed. 

We have a small selection available to purchase instore, with other varieties available to order. 

For more information, contact Gary and Kay here or give us a call on 01803 842148.

Christmas additions from Waterhouse Fayre

Alongside our usual favourites from Devon-based Waterhouse Fayre, we’re now stocking a range of their festive specials including Christmas jam, Boxing Day chutney and vegan friendly mincemeat. 

To browse the range, pop in store or for more information give us a call on 01803 842148.

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