Stow-on-the-Wold probably presents one of the nicest shopping experiences in the Cotswolds. Its ancient streets and narrow alleyways make it fun just to wander around and discover boutiques, kitchen shops, artisan chocolate shops and antique gourmets. But if you are specifically looking for something, here is a list of what shops are where:
Kitchen and Hardware: Scotts of Stow (the mail order company) dominate the centre of the Square and have several offshoots around – Scotts of Stow outdoors, the Original Gift Company, Past Times. However, an excellent hardware/kitchen shop (and much cheaper) is The Crock in Digbeth Street.
Wine Merchants: Tesco, Haynes Hanson & Clark in Sheep Street, Majestic at the head of Sheep Street, Julian Graves in the square
Antiques: In Sheep Street: Campaign Furniture, Styles of Stow grandfather clocks, Tudor House, Guinevere House, The Antiques Centre, Holly Cottage Antiques Centre, Vanburgh House Antiques. Laurie Lee Antique Glass and Baggot Church Street Antiques in Church Street, Keith Hockin Antiques in the square, and The Cottage Antiques in Digbeth Street and Morris Antiques in Talbot Court.
Books: The Borzoi Bookshop in Church Street (ask for Anthea and tell her you are staying at Wren House),
Antiquarian Books: Bookbox in Sheep Street and the Antiquarian Bookshop in Talbot Court.
Dry Cleaners: Sheep Street
Hairdressers: Colin John in Sheep Street, Spirit Organic Tabitha James Kraan Hairdressing in Brewery Yard
Galleries: Titian Gallery and Lindy Allfrey in Sheep Street, The Red Rag Gallery in Church Street, Cotswold Galleries Fine Paintings in the square by the Old Stocks Hotel, Monet Designs in Talbot Court and Black Ink Masterprints in Talbot Court.
Post Office: Sheep Street
Delicatessens: The Organic Shop in the square, Hamptons and Mabys in Digbeth Street
Butchers: Lambourns in Digbeth Street
Men’s Clothing: Brock’s Menswear in Church Street and Shelleys of Stow Mens and Ladieswear in the square.
Ladies’ Clothing: Hawick Cashmere and Jenny Edwards Moss in Brewery Yard, in the square – Lambswold, Foundation, The Square, Number One, Top Marks, The Little Black Dress Shop. Sequels Designer Wear in Digbeth Street, the Cotswold Frock Shop in Talbot Court off the square. (Also try Niche at Shipston-on-Stour).
Outdoor Clothing: Stow Leather Shop in Sheep Street, Rowan Outdoor Clothing and Mangan and Webb country clothing in the square
Sweets/Chocolate: Honeypot in Church Street, Miette’s Chocolates in Digbeth Street and the Cotswold Sweet Company in the square.
Gifts: All of My Heart, Frankie Doodle Gift Shop, Osborne and Ferrige and Off the Wall gift shop in Digbeth Street and others in Fountain Court at the bottom of Digbeth Street and Ruskin Decorative Arts in Talbot Court. But also try LAPSTONE on the way down the hill into Chipping Campden off the A44.
Opticians: Hardcastle and Williams in Sheep Street
Newsagents: Cotswold Cards and Stow News in the square. Excellent cards at the Fosseway Garden Centre on the way to Moreton-in-Marsh.
Beauty: Stow Health and Beauty in Sheep Street and Zinc Clinic for massage and personal fitness in Sheep Street.
Shoes: Humphries Shoes in Sheep Street and Pairs in Digbeth Street.
Toy Museum: Sheep Street
Rugs: Samarkand Gallery
Dental Surgery: Brewery Yard
Florist: Stow Roses in Sheep Street
Art: Cotswold Art Supplies in Church Street, Priory Studios Art Shop in the square, Kenulf Fine Arts in Digbeth Street
Bakery: Cotswold Bakery in Church Street
Interior Design: Eclectica in the square, the Tapestry Gallery and Alport Interiors in Digbeth Street
Pharmacy: Stow Pharmacy in the square
Electrical: Clark Electrical in Digbeth Street
Jewellers: Stow Jewellers and As Long as It Sparkles in Talbot Court
Cheltenham and Oxford provide all the usual boutiques and major stores, but surprisingly Stratford-upon-Avon also has many and is slightly closer and easier to park.
Markets and Farmers’ Markets
(WI – Women’s Institute, WR – Weekly Retail, FM – Monthly Farmers’ Market – note which calendar date)
Monday: Cirencester (WR)
Tuesday: Moreton-in-Marsh & Evesham (WR)
Wednesday: Chipping Norton, Oxford, Tetbury & Tewkesbury (WR)
Thursday: Banbury, Cheltenham & Witney (WR), Stow-on-the-Wold & Tewkesbury (FM) – 2nd of the month
Witney (FM) – 3rd of the month
Friday: Cirencester & Evesham (WR), Stratford-upon-Avon (WR) – 2nd and 4th of the month, Cirencester (FM) – 2nd and 4th of the month, Cirencester, Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, Tetbury & Burford (WI)
Saturday: Evesham & Warwick (WR), Stratford-upon-Avon (WR) – 2nd and 4th of the month, Stratford-upon-Avon (FM) – 1st and 3rd of the month, Chipping Norton, Winchcombe & Woodstock (FM) – 3rd of month, Cirencester (FM) – 2nd and 4th of the month
Sunday: Bourton-on-the-Water (FM) – 4th of the month
Cox’s Yard – over the railway bridge off the A429 on the Stratford side of Moreton
Cotswold Reclamation – Upper Rissington – signposted off the A424 between Stow and Burford
Minchinhampton Architectural Salvage, Aston Down near Stroud, GL6 8PE
Winchcombe Reclamation, Winchcombe, GL54 5NT
Ronsons, Sandhurst, Gloucester, GL2 9NG
Taddington Architectural Heritage, just past Ford on the B4077 out of Stow
Daylesford Organic – after the railway bridge on the A436 out of Stow towards Chipping Norton
The Cotswold Food Store – on the A424 between Stow and the junction with the A44
Veg Shed – just before Tetbury driving from Cirencester (Duchy Home Farm) Highgrove shop is in Tetbury and also in Bath.