In the second part of our Christmas Shopping Local series, we have chosen Uttoxeter! Yet another stunning, historic town that deserves more recognition than it gets. True...if you park in the main car park, you may be mistaken and think that all there is a tall spired church, houses in the car park and a less then attractive 60's precinct...but persevere!!
If you park in the main car park (which is cheap!) you can either take the path past the very useful COOP and the fabulous Edmontons Butcher! Great local produce and meat, very helpful staff and always top tips on how and what to cook for your taste and budget. As you go through the precinct you will find a great Fashion shop selling big high street names, an old fashioned green grocer and you will be making you way into the old High Street.
The other way into town from the Car Park is the snicket into the Hight Street which will take you past Hidden Gem Beauty Salon (I can recommend!) and you are in the middle of things very quickly.
The high Street and the offshoot, Carter Street are full of independents, ready to help, offering great service and products. I would recommend The Vintage Tea Emporium for a cup of tea in china cups or their traditional afternoon tea. They also offer workshops. Another highlight is Birds the Bakery - fabulous bread at a great price, Nana B's for a beautiful range of wool, buttons, ribbon and much more. The Market place is full on Wednesdays Saturdays and Peaches n Pears is a great lingerie shop with fabulous service.
If you take a stroll up Carter Street you will find The Daisy Chain - a great gift shop! A bit further on is the wonder of Emma's Cookshop...a shop simply full of all your kitchen and baking needs and wants! A little further up is You In Mind Cafe and Gallery...offering great food, a gallery packed full of local artists and designers and a Paint a Pot room. They have a small garden area at the back for sunny days and are almost next to the historic Redfern's Cottage - worth an explore.
So all in all you can discover great local passion, good independents, a good Wednesday outdoor and indoor market and a great cuppa.