Food and Drink

Animals in Need

Animals in Need are an organisation dedicated to rescuing sick, injured, trapped and distressed wild and domestic animals. They provide veterinary treatment where necessary, care for and rehabilitate animals until they can be released or re-homed. Animals In Need was set up in 1990, the aim of the organization is alleviate suffering in animals.

The animal Shelter is at Pine Tree Farm, London Road, Little Irchester, Northamptonshire, NN8 2EH and is open to the public between 12 midday and 3pm Tuesday to Sunday. It is run by 8 members of staff and a team of volunteers at Pine Tree Farm and out attending to both domestic and wild animals in the Northamptonshire area. They also work with Northamptonshire Police attending road traffic accidents and out of hours emergencies.

Here founder of Animals in Need, Roy Marriott, tells us about the charity with a rescued pig, Ruby.

Feeding and caring for the injured animals they rescue is most important especially in cases of young orphaned birds, which need hand feeding every hour from dawn till dusk. Also young hedgehogs which haven’t reached the required weight to survive hibernation over the winter months, need to be kept warm and fed as do swans that have incurred injuries, many from fishing tackle that they have swallowed or become entangled in.

Support Animals in Need

The shelter has a vegan cafe which is open 11:00 until 4:00 Saturday and Sunday. Pop in for some wonderful vegan food, breakfasts, toasty, shepherds pie, mac n cheese, or beyond burger with chips. There are incredible cakes from Motley bakes plus sweets and chocolate. All funds raised support the animals in there care. Hand sanitiser, masks and gloves are all available.

Every year they try to give all of the animals at Animals in Need a Christmas gift. They have a fundraising stall at Morrisons supermarket in Wellingborough on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for donations. Please consider a gift for an unwanted animal while you are Christmas shopping. You can also donate gifts at the sanctuary or at their charity shop.

The charity shop is at 89 Lea Red, Abington, Northampton. It is open 9am until 5pm Monday to Saturday but closed on Sundays. Why not pop in and grab a Christmas bargain whilst raising vital funds for the animals at the shelter. If you don’t like shopping, why not surprise your friends and family with an animal sponsorship, details can be found and more at

Made in Northamptonshire

Made In Northamptonshire is a county wide networking group designed to bring together like-minded businesses and individuals from the food and drink sector. The ’support local’ philosophy is at the heart of Made In Northamptonshire, who believe that it is a positive and helpful way to support your local community.

In December 2020, Made In Northamptonshire opened their first shop at Rushden Lakes stocking a vast array of delicious local produce including tasty treats from award-winning Friars Farm, The Confectionist, Brooklyn Brownies, Vicky’s Kitchen, Daily Bread, Explore Chocolate, The Good Loaf, Warner’s Distillery, Nakasero Foods and many more; there really is something for everyone!

The Made In Northamptonshire Shop at Rushden Lakes is open 7 days a week: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm Saturdays and 11am-4pm Sundays! The shop is located in between Starbucks and Heavenly Desserts (see map below). They also have a satellite store at Jeyes of Earls Barton. The Made In Northamptonshire team look forward to you visiting them soon!

Shoots and Spores

Discover Shoots & Spores, a new mushroom shop that has opened at Nene Court and the first shop of its kind in Northamptonshire. They grow many different types of mushrooms including unusual varieties such as Lion’s Mane at the shop, which has a viewing window inside, allowing visitors to see the mushrooms growing and being harvested.

Founded in 2020, Shoots & Spores have been offering a home delivery service to customers and decided to expand into retail premises in October to meet the growing demand for their amazing mushrooms.

We met Dom, the shop’s owner, who said: “There has been a huge interest in these amazing ingredients and many studies are ongoing into the possible health benefits. Mushrooms are very delicate and have a short shelf life, so we know our customers appreciate the quality they receive when buying from Shoots & Spores. We have had fantastic feedback; visitors are impressed with the produce and enjoy the experience of seeing the growing room.”

Visit Shoots & Spores today at Units 2-3, Boxpark, Nene Court, The Embankment, Wellingborough, open every Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. They also offer a local delivery service across Northamptonshire. For more information find them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter or email

Food for Thought

Food for Thought have food, cleaning, personal hygiene products and accessories for sale. Kerry, the shop’s owner, gave us a tour of her emporium, and we videoed it for you. Here is Kerry telling us all about the products available at Food for Thought, including lots of new ones:

Kerry has opened her ‘zero-waste emporium’ in Nene Court, Wellingborough, to reduce plastic pollution & celebrate locally made. Their motto is more joy with less waste!

At Food for Thought, you can buy loose and eco friendly goods, such as food stuffs, self-care and cleaning products. You simply fill, weigh and pay for what you need. So save your jars and bottles. Wash them out and refill at Food for Thought!

Here are some photos of Food for Thought:

So if you’re looking for great food and cleaning products with zero waste, find Food for Thought at 21 Nene Court, Wellingborough, NN8 1LD

Opening Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 8.30am-12.30pm
Wednesday: 10am – 3pm
Thursday: 11am – 7.30pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

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