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To all those concerned about the destruction of town centres in the UK and lack of retail choice – spend an up-lifting day in Langport. Somerset.
This ancient, cloth manufacturing town and religious site is the home of Kelway’s Garden Centre & Nursery, consistent winners of Chelsea gold medals since 1851 and internationally renowned for their iris and peony collections.
When you have finished planning the re-design of you garden, pop in to the Potting Shed Café for a reviving pot of tea and scone before parking in the free, town-centre car park.
As you look across the road you can’t miss the very stylish Langport Stores, which is a health food shop and deli, full of produce not to be found in the local Boots or Tesco’s.
A few doors up from the stores you will find Lafleures Antiques, full of chic lamps, mirrors, furniture and Lexington bedding.
Once you have re-designed your house as well as your garden you may think of driving around the World famous Somerset Levels. Wait! Just as you get back to your car you will notice something new. Recently, Kitchen Artisan Bakeshop opened right by the car park.
If you are tempted to put your head around the door, beware. If you do you will be hooked – the fresh croissants, selection of unusual breads and pastries etc will put pounds on you just looking at them. This week was a must to sample the mince pies. WOW! Fab–u–lous daarling!
So many towns and villages in the UK are seeing a resurgence of specialist and artisan retailers. Bakers, brewers, jewellers and candlestick makers are beginning to fill the empty shops and offer more choice than the supermarkets and multiples.
Adding to the plethora of entrepreneurs is the significant growth of farm shop outlets. Retailing is alive and expanding – bless ‘em all.