Herefordshire is synonymous with nurturing the unique and personal, and has an abundance of wonderful, local, independent shops and markets where you’ll find high quality specially-selected gifts, flavoursome homemade food and drink, fresh, locally grown produce and beautiful handmade crafts.
We’ve rounded up 10 of the very best places to shop local and independent in and around Herefordshire.
Oakchurch, Staunton on Wye, HR4 7NH
Known fondly by locals at the ‘Harrods of Herefordshire’, the fabulous, family-owned Oakchurch Farm Shop is a must-visit when in Herefordshire. Owned by the Price farming family, you’ll find an awesome food hall with butchery and deli, which champions local producers and includes Oakchurch’s own range of homemade dishes. A comprehensive greengrocer, an amazing garden and plant centre, gifts, toys, fashion, jewellery, homeware and a popular restaurant where you can enjoy everything from breakfast to a traditional Sunday roast.
Labels Shopping, Ross on Wye
With lots of new developments, if you’re looking for retail therapy head to Labels and browse over 200 brands, from women’s and menswear, shoes and accessories (see their excellent Bowler Hat range), bags a luggage, housewares, home furnishings and garden products. There’s also an on-site independent cinema screening a carefully curated selection of films, from family favourites to live streams from the Royal Opera House, and the newly opened Plantarium Café in the equally new plant and flower department.
Holloways, Worcester, WR6 5DE
For heavenly homeware or garden furniture, head to Holloways on the Worcestershire border to browse their wide selection of contemporary country living furniture. A long-established family business, Holloways specialises in luxury living, dining and garden furniture as well as garden antiques and a vast range of terracotta pots and planters. Their irresistible house and home gift shop is full of quality impulse buys. Stop for a drink or bite to eat in The Glasshouse, a stunning conservatory overlooking the magnificent Suckley Hills, or recharge in The Sanctuary, Holloway’s on-site hair, beauty and aesthetics salon.
Aardvark Books, Shropshire, SY7 0DH
Aardvark Books is an Aladdin’s cave of new, second-hand and rare books, housed in 19th century granary buildings. With over 50,000 titles spanning a wealth of subject areas, it is a book-lovers dream! They have a popular café and regularly organise unique events, from art exhibitions to music events and even Civil War re-enactments.
Philip Morris & Son, Hereford HR4 9EE
Philip Morris & Son is one of the many hidden gems that have been nestled in the heart of Hereford since the 1800s, and this family-run business is still going strong today. Originally starting out as an ironmongers in 1845, today this characterful destination has continued to expand down both sides of the street to become the City’s only independent department store and evokes real Herefordshire country living. It sells everything from kitchen, table and cookware, linen and home items, luggage, bathrooms, garden furniture and equipment, to clothing and shoes, and also has a gun room. You’ll find brands such as Le Creuset, Barbour, Dubarry, Le Chameu and many more, plus look out for their very own brand new line in shirts and trousers Albert and Maurice
Dotted across Herefordshire in the Market Town squares and halls, you’ll find regular weekly markets offering a fabulous range of local produce, skilled crafts, unique gifts, delicious food and drink, antiques, collectables, plants and much more. Find out more in our list of Herefordshire Markets, or visit the Herefordshire Council website for further information on market days.
Pot & Page, Ledbury, HR8 2DX
Pot & Page is a new characterful café and bookshop, serving Herefordshire’s largest selection of sustainably sourced loose-leaf teas and a fully plant-based menu. With a quiet reading den in the cellar, a family area with children’s library and play house in the back and a colourful and airy shop front, it’s the perfect place to sit back and relax. Check for their regular events too, such as a taste of the first British grown tea.
Field Fayre, Ross on Wye, HR9 7EA
Packed full of outstanding, locally sourced organic produce, Field Fayre is an award-winning food and drink store in the heart of Ross on Wye. You’ll find fruit and veg, meat and fish, artisan breads and pastries, gluten and dairy free products as well as an excellent range of beers, wines and spirits from within a 50 mile radius. Speciality organic products are in abundance inc confectionery and also health and well-being products – all organic and all fantastic.
The Shop @ Coo Corner, Fownhope, HR1 4PE
If you’re looking for a unique gift or something just a little bit different, The Shop @ Coo Corner is your best bet. This independent gallery style shop and café offers a diverse array of unique items and handmade goods from all over the globe, from homeware to clothes, jewellery to books, preloved items to re-fillable ranges. Supporting local as well as worldwide traders, owner Vic knows all her sources in depth and items often come with a fascinating story behind them. It is a charming place to wile away an afternoon.
Newent Plant Centre, Ledbury, HR8 2PZ
For gardening evangelists and even people who just potter, preparing your garden for spring with a trip to Newent Plant Centre should be top of your list. With thoughtfully considered displays to provide inspiration for your own garden, Newent Plant Centre stocks a wide variety of seasonal plants and flowers, from the usual to the unusual. Their expert staff are on hand to provide guidance and tips if you’re not sure what to grow at home.
Hop Pocket Shopping Village, Bishop’s Frome, WR6 5BT
Hop Pocket Shopping Village offers a treasure trove of interesting and unique items from a collection of superb independent shops on its vast 5.5 acre site. A characterful alternative to out-of-town shopping centres or the high street, you’ll find everything from children’s toys to unusual home lighting and interiors, furniture to footwear, a garden centre to an art gallery, plus a large food gift hall, restaurant and café, and a huge craft and gift emporium. It makes a wonderful day out for families, with a lovely outdoor play area for little ones to run off some steam.
Old Chapel Gallery
Located in the picturesque village of Pembridge (part of Herefordshire’s Black and White Village Trail) is Old Chapel Gallery, a charming former Victorian chapel now offering the best in handmade British contemporary fine arts and crafts. Whether you’re a casual browser or serious collector, Old Chapel Gallery is well worth a visit and there is an exhibition on for all seasons. You’ll find a wide range of works by local and nationally established artists and makers, alongside innovative work from talented newcomers.
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