Last week I wrote about the little break Stu and I had in Bristol and at the Westbrook Court B&B in Hereford…a much needed, child free few days to invest some time in us, to relax and recuperate.
During our travels I got to visit some absolutely wonderful independent shops and cafes, some of which I already followed on Instagram, but had never managed to visit, others that were recommeded by my lovely readers, all of which were seriously inspiring.
As ever, I took a fair few photos, so I wanted to share them with you. Yes, geographically to many this may seem a little irrelevant, but perhaps you’ll be planning a trip yourself one day and find yourself passing by…and don’t forgot the magic of the internet, really there’s no excuse not to give these fab small businesses your support!
Mon Pote – 177 North St, BS3 1JQ
Mon Pote is a lifestyle store, with a focus on inspiring interiors and gifts for grown ups and kids which will enrich your life!“
A total treat for the eyes, I could have spent so much longer in here admiring the beautiful homewares, unfortunately I was limited on time. I will definitely be returning when I next stay with my brother. I also wanted to visit Albatross Cafe, which is just down the street, but unfortunately it was totally full up that day – testament to it’s great reputation no doubt.
Fox + Feather (Stîl Homeware) – 43 Gloucester Road BS7 8AD
Fox + Feather isn’t far from my brother’s flat, I’ve been once before and it’s now firmly on my things to do list when ever I find myself Bristol way… a brilliant mixture of well chosen clothing to suit all shapes and sizes and incorporating Stîl Homewares, the two perfectly complementing each other.
It was a toss up between this House of Rym Harbour Arbour pink cup and the Fir Fir Fir (see below)…I’m totally in love with House of Rym’s patterns and colours. The Fir tree mug won in the end though ♡
Days Household Goods – 9 Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye
There’s something really wholesome about Days Household Goods, I’m not the only one who gets excited about displays of lovely, wooden household equipment, right?!
The Old Electric Shop – 10 Broad Street
Hay on Wye, HR3 5DB
There’s so much to say about this place, but mostly I’m just going to let the photos speak for themselves. I spent a joyful 3 and a bit hours hanging out here on a wet and grey day, reading 91 Magazine cover to cover, sipping a hot Mocha from a handmade mug, browsing the endless array of treasures, spread throughout the many rooms…
We decided to stay put for lunch and then perhaps some cake a little later too!
I can honestly say it was utter heaven and just what I needed.
I’d heard a lot of good things about Baileys, it was top of the recommendations list, I obviously had to make a bit of a detour to experience this mythical store for myself…
Now, Baileys are usually pretty strict on taking photographs within the store, but I was very kindly given special permission. And thank goodness they did, as it would have killed me if I couldn’t share this utterly wondrous place with you…
Upstairs felt like a location house, I’m completely in love with the rustic barns, within which the shop sprawls out, seemingly never ending…
A few pennies were spent, it had to be done and it was a wonderful way to end our time away. Even Stu got lost in admiration here and he doesn’t really get the shop love!
So phew, I’ve got it all down here and I hope you’ve enjoyed this little virtual of some really fantastic independent stores, I certainly intend to revisit them all again in the, I hope, not so distant future.
Which looks like it would be your favourite? I’m not sure I could say!