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:
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.
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!
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!
A few other favourites include:
- The Little Furniture Company – upcycled vintage furniture at very reasonable prices;
- Little Vintage – fabulous selection of vintage clothes; and
- The Alphabet Store – lovely range of gifts and home accessories all with letters, words and sayings.
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:
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.
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?