Herefordshire's market towns all boast fantastic independent shops, which are full of treats to delight and surprise. Although our market towns are closed for now, much of our fine produce and exceptional customer service can still be found online, over the phone and by click & collect.
Historic Hereford has a host of independent boutiques, many of which are welcoming you to shop online whilst their doors are closed. Church Street – a cobbled beauty, tucked away in the heart of the city you’ll find The Craft Gallery and Timothy Hawkins Gallery are both home to original arts and crafts from the county’s makers. When their doors open again they are well worth a visit.
Perched picturesquely above the river is the welcoming market town of Ross-On-Wye. It’s an inviting place to potter with its unexpected mix of vintage and antique shops. galleries and lifestyle stores. While away a winter’s day hunting for stocking-filers and one-of-a-kind gifts.
The wealth of antique shops in Leominster (pronounced ‘Lemster’} leads to regular star appearances on TV but fortunately it hasn’t gone to the head of this unpretentious market town. It is fabulously down to earth about its treasure trove of independent shops and its beautiful blend of medieval, Tudor and Georgian architecture.
It’s hard not to fall for Ledbury’s many charms. The pretty jumble of 17th century and Georgian buildings, the famous cobbled lane and many secret alleyways, are a photographer’s dream. But it’s the eclectic array of independent shops which is perhaps Ledbury’s true superpower — it makes Christmas shopping stylish.
Nestled in the north-west of Herefordshire, nudged up next to Wales, you’ll find the tiny border town of Kington. Small but full of character, it’s worth a winter wander around the constellation of shops, galleries and cafes before heading for the hills.
The pretty little town of Bromyard, lying in the east close to the Worcestershire border, has a rich history and a High Street that’s almost entirely independent. Here, amongst the Tudor timber-framed buildings and Georgian shop fronts, you’ll find cosy cafes, award-winning bakers and butchers, traditional ironmongers, greengrocers and more.