Local Favourites: Leek

This week we had a day out to Leek, one of our favourite local spots, and I thought I would share some of the best places to shop and eat. Leek is a traditional market town in the Staffordshire Moorlands with lots of lovely independent shops and is a great place to hunt for vintage and antique finds.

Where to shop:

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Bibelot is a beautiful boutique and official Cath Kidston stockist so it is always my first port of call! There is a very tempting haberdashery upstairs along with a recently refurbished craft room where they host a variety of workshops – I am hoping to take part in the “Make a Dress” class soon. I was given a Bibelot gift voucher for my birthday so I treated myself to a few Cath Kidston sewing accessories to keep in my craft bag. I can also never resist the jewellery making section and usually come away with a bag full of charms and beads.

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Just along from Bibelot is the lovely Holly Crow, home to a range of beautiful handmade clothes and quirky accessories. I will definitely be heading back to try a few dresses on my next visit!

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Across the road you will find Alcove, a real treasure trove which stocks lots of unusual home accessories and great pieces of vintage furniture. I have my eye on a printers tray to display some trinkets in the living room but need to decide where I could hang it as we are running out of wall space!

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A few other favourites include:

I also recommend having a look around the market if you visit on a market day. We usually go on a Saturday for the Antique & Collectors Market and have found some great items in the past, including a knitting machine and lots of pretty china!

Where to eat:

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This week we discovered The Yard Tearooms, a very pretty tea room tucked away in Getliffes Yard with lots of other little boutiques selling locally made items. I had a delicious cream tea all served on vintage china.

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Another favourite next door to Bibelot is a lovely little cafe called The Penguin. Last time we visited I had a scrumptious white chocolate milkshake, and they also have a fantastic range of healthy juices and smoothies along with sandwiches, cakes and crepes.

Does anyone local have any other tips for places to visit in Leek?

Lucy x