THE INSIDER’S GUIDE: TETBURY

Plan Your Perfect Day Trip To Tetbury: A Guide to this Quintessentially British Market Town.

It may be small but it’ s a honeypot of goodness, home to the original Prince of Wales’ s Highgrove shop. But what people really come for is the off-beat boutiques and array of antique shops.

Distance from Cheltenham: 45 minutes via Cirencester

Distance from Northleach: 45 mins via Cirencester

Distance from Ewen: 20 minutes

ANTIQUE HAVENS

Amy Perry, 52 Long Street | www.amyperryantiques.co.uk

Perfect for hand dyed linens, gorgeous glass vases, distressed chest of drawers and armoires.

Lorfords, 30 Long Street | www.lorfordsantiques.com

An insider favourite with interior designers. Beautiful, polished showroom with everything from painted French armoires, mirrors and side tables to lanterns. Top quality, top prices – but still cheaper than London.

Anne Fowler, 35 Long Street | www.annefowlertetbury.co.uk

The candles are best sellers although we also love www.100acres.co.uk‘s candles and the whole shop smells divine – but it’ s the decadent distressed look that people flock for, from bedside tables to linen upholstered sofas.

Emma Leschallas Antiques, 48 Long Street | www.leschallas-antiques.co.uk

Stylish insider favourite for the trade and decorators as well as anyone looking for something unique and interesting. Gorgeous antique garden furniture and the perfect place for unusual antique chairs and sofas – stripped back to the hessian and ready to be covered (or not). The stock’ s sensibly priced and moves fast so it’ s a good idea to drop in regularly.

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FASHION FINDS

Anna Lizzio, 59 Long Street | www.annalizzio.co.uk

New, industrial cool location with original and colorful combinations from labels such as Odd Molly, American Vintage, Hunkydory and Just in Case.

Getty Bang Bang | www.qettybangbang.co.uk

Inspirational and glamorous vintage fashion finds from the 1920s onwards – as far away from fusty musty as you could get.

 

FABULOUS FLORIST

TWIG, 46 Long St, GL8 8AQ | 01666 502 080 | www.twigoftetbury.co.uk

Is this the prettiest shop anywhere? Su Daybell’ s flowers are a Midsummer Night’ s Dream– opulent, wild, whimsical and natural. A garden designer as well as a florist and artist (the paintings on the walls are her own), her Tetbury showroom is awash with delphiniums, green bell, ammi visnaga (like cow parsley), smoky hydrangea heads, peonies, and scabious in shades so subtle and stunning they take your breath away. And she delivers.

 

TETBURY’S BEST BOOKSHOP

The Yellow Lighted Bookshop, 21 Church Street | 01666 500 221

You’ ll find all the latest literary finds in this old-fashioned proper bookshop which Granny would approve of, and what really makes this place stand head and shoulders above Amazon is the fact that the staff seem to really care and can make astute recommendations perfectly pitched to either your five-year old son who is struggling a little to your most sophisticated friend. Do support their efforts.

 

PIT-STOP LUNCH

Quayles, 1 Long Street | www.quayles.co.uk

A hub of deli food and lazy lunches over a glass of champagne. Come for everything you didn’ t think you needed –the best fresh crab, oozing cheeses as big as Catherine Wheels, artisan bread, the juiciest lemons on the planet.

Café 53, 53 Long Street | www.cafe53.co.uk

A chilled-out, shabby-chic hotspot. Cath Kidston’ s favourite. The Polish chef makes the best beef goulash anywhere and the salads are also a hit, especially the halloumi. There is a cute menu for kids.

Hobbs House Bakery | www.hobbshousebakery.co.uk

A local institution. Come for coffee, great cakes and warm bread to take home.