12 villages shops in Cheshire that are perfect for Christmas shopping
PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:29 11 December 2017
You may not find a partridge in a pear tree in every local store but you're almost guaranteed a festive shopping experience with a personal touch, writes Janet Reeder. Here, in no particular order, are 12 of her favourite Cheshire shops,
Burwardsley Village Store and post office
If only every village could keep a local store as charming as this one. A labour of love for Phillip and Rachel Warner-Smith, who ditched jobs in the hospitality industry for a more laid-back way of life, it’s a real hub of the community, especially with the Bolesworth estate on the doorstep.
Shop like the locals: Buy local cheese, Cheshire Farm ice cream, Peckforton Water from Tattenhall, Tiresford Yoghurt from Tarporley and bread from the Swiss Chalet Bakery in Ellesmere Port.
Harthill Rd, Chester CH3 9NU Phone: 01829 770359
G Weinholt Bakery
There are certain kinds of businesses that define a high street and one of those in Alderley Edge is its G Weinholt Bakery. Inheriting the expertise of five generations of bakers , the London Road shop opened in 1950 and you can pop in and buy a Steak Pie, made to the exact same recipe.
Shop like a local: Buy bread, cream cakes and whole gateaux for parties or special occasions. Why make them yourself when the bakery behind the shop does it for you. Be tempted by pies and sausage rolls, the list is endlessly delicious. Do as the locals do and order a buffet platter. It’s the perfect solution to Christmas catering.
25 London Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7JT 01625 583275 www.gwienholt.co.uk
Set up by Sydney Sexton in 1969, the bakery is still a family affair with a reputation for tempting baked goods and confectionary. The bakery team has a combined 100 years of experience and produce everything from barms and baps to sourdough and cream cakes.
Shop like a local: Stock up on all your festive goodies. The bakery is the perfect place to pick up your mince pies and Christmas cakes. They also deliver within a 10 mile radius of Lymm and can cater for a Christmas party.
Eagle Brow, Lymm WA13 0AD 01925 753669
Plumley Village Stores and Post Office
It’s no exaggeration when Plumley Village store’s role in the community is described as an ‘institution’. it has been in the Royle family for 50 years and is now run by Jonathan and Gill Royle. ‘Running the shop is in my genes ‘ says Jonathan.
Shop like a local Plumley Village Store sells many local products, and is also an agent for Fairtrade goods. They have fax, photocopying, internet access, phone top-ups, gift vouchers, internet music vouchers. ‘We like to have a little of everything’ says Gill.
Plumley Moor Rd, Knutsford WA16 0TT 01565 722277
No 74 Delicatessen
Residents of Bollington can ensure their Christmas is full of cheer as far as food is concerned They can treat themselves to deli delicacies for the table from No 74.
Shop like a local: Head here for freshly baked bread and cakes, cheeses, smoked garlic, olives, home-made scotch eggs, soup, craft beer and much more and when your basket is full, take time out to kick back and enjoy a coffee or lunch with the friend in their cool cafe.
74 Palmerston St, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5PW 01625 573648
Godfrey C Williams and Son
This classy Sandbach store is very popular most times of the year but at Christmas the queues stretch out of the door. There is such a jolly festive atmosphere in this family-run business that most of their valued customers don’t seem to mind, after all, they are sure to find the right ingredients here to make their Christmas extra special.
Shop like a local: The store stocks a range of delights but is particularly known for its exciting selection of cheeses, with the focus on those made in Cheshire. Shop here too for hampers and gifts, locally produced ales and much more. Definitely worth a visit.
9-11 Market Square, Sandbach CW11 1AP 01270 762817
Tilston Village Shop
When Lynsey Jackson saw Tilston Village Store she knew she had to have it. The picturesque business has been running for 100 years and has everything locals need and more.
Shop like a local: Don’t just pop in for regional produce and locally produced food, relax and have a chat. It’s a place for the community to meet as much as it is a place to buy groceries.
1 Church Rd, Tilston, Malpas SY14 7HB
The Cheese Yard, Knutsford
Owner Sarah Peak has an encyclopaedic knowledge when it comes to cheese but it isn’t just that which makes this shop such a success.
Shop like a local: Step into the Cheese Yard and you are entering a world of cheese and all the wonderful accompaniments, from biscuits and chutneys to wines and conviviality. This charming shop holds regular events and is also home to a café where you can pop in for a coffee, some cake, a light lunch or, of course, cheese!
69 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6DX 01565 751697 www.cheeseyard.co.uk
Whitmore and White
This award-winning independent food hall and wine merchant has stores in Heswall and West Kirby on the Wirral and Frodsham. Taking pride of place is the continental delicatessen with a tremendous range of Spanish, Italian, French and British food as well as the best of what is available locally from artisans, local chefs and food growers and producers. Add to this a very good wine and spirit range and their stores are real treasures.
Shop like a local: Appealing to the cosmopolitan tastes of the local population, the selection here is wide, including oils, vinegars, mustard, pickles and preserves to patisserie, locally roasted coffee and much more.At this time of the year it is the perfect place to shop for foodie gifts such as a fabulous hamper filled with festive goodies, fine wines or champagne.
Dutsons, Marple Bridge
Brothers Paul and Matthew Dutson pooled their skills from their previous jobs and set up this attractive café and deli in pretty Marple Bridge. Matthew had been at the Lowry Hotel and Paul worked for Majestic Wines, so they both had experience in the food and drink industry and this seemed like an obvious move. The result is a delight. At the front the deli is crammed with tempting delicacies while the café is a real meeting place for locals and visitors, serving everything from hearty breakfasts to evening wine tastings.
Shop like a local: Relax over a cup of coffee or lunch and head home with a bottle of wine, locally sourced cheeses and other deli treats, many of which have been sourced from local suppliers.
Dutsons, Town Street, Marple Bridge SK6 5AA 0161 484 5380 www.dutsons.co.uk
JTO Vintage and the Old Bank Tea Rooms, Helsby
This shop and tearoom has charm in spades which is one of the reasons it has been such a huge success. Diane Ormrod intended to open a furniture restorers with a few tables for tea but when the tea shop took off she never looked back. Now Diane’s brother Lawrie has a furniture restoring business Grey Fox and there’s Helsby Holistics above the tea room.
Shop like a local: Take a break and enjoy freshly baked cakes and browse the delights here. There are children’s gifts, handmade jewellery and pottery, kitchen accessories, beautiful cushions, aprons, candles and crockery.
Helsby, Frodsham WA6 0DA 01928 724846
The Village Shop, Ashton Hayes
This shop could have gone the way of many of its kind and closed down were it not for amazing community spirit. In 2010 Helen Rimmer, the village Post Mistress, decided to give up the retail side of her business and contacted the Parish Council who formed a steering committee to look at how the shop could be supported as a community business. After researching the project and raising funds, a small group of residents developed a plan in which locals were invited to become members of an Industrial and Provident Society. Through their contributions £8,000 was raised and the Parish Councils of Ashton Hayes and Mouldsworth donated £7,000 enabling the committee to apply for funding of £30,000.
Shop like a local: The store caters for most needs of the locals, whether it’s a morning newspaper or a bottle of wine. There’s fresh meat, homemade cakes, and fruit and vegetables, which where possible have been obtained locally.
Kelsall Rd, Tarvin, Ashton, Chester CH3 8BH 01829 759023