Lapstone Shop and Cafe, Gloucestershire

shoemaker-shop-16th-centuryGloucestershire’s hilly landscape is adorned with this inviting Cotswold stone emporium.

Need a present for a weekend away or a wedding gift for a best friend? Want to revamp your garden with uber-smart, cast aluminium furniture that requires no maintenance? Or do you just fancy treating yourself to a delicious lunch, a massage and a little retail therapy? Then head to Lapstone, the chicest shop in the North Cotswolds, near Chipping Camden, with its own in house Meg Rivers cafe. Meg Rivers is the artisan bakery which has wowed all of Gloucestershire.

Set in an 18th century lofty barn, the place is a winter haven of vaulted ceilings, roaring fires and dark wooden tables. In the summer the huge windows and open courtyard prove equally cool and airy. Light lunches served in the Meg Rivers café are simple. Quiches, pies, pasties and salads are made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. There is a huge terrace with views over the Cotswolds for warmer weather. Flanked by fields, you can leave your children to run riot while you shop. You can even see stags and hares passing by while you eat.

Lapstone’s wares come in all shapes and sizes with the emphasis on quirky but quality. Find beautiful hardback books on anything from gardening to recipes dedicated to chocolate, best-selling fragrance diffusers, glasses and goblets, tiny towelling dressing gowns for babies and luxurious country furniture.

The ethos is based around fun and relaxation. Lapstone encourages people to come and chill out. Some people arrive in the morning for coffee and croissants, shop for a few hours, come back for lunch and don’t leave until teatime. There are special events in the evening, while The Escape, Lapstone’s holistic ‘pamper centre,’ offers seasonal packages designed to leave you properly polished and feeling great. Guaranteed to leave you glowing.

Now you can visit the A La Mode hairdressing salon. And the new Weekend Florist offers fresh flowers and bulbs for gifts.

— Lucinda Baring

Westington Hill
Chipping Campden
GL55 6EG

01386 841 611

Opening hours:
Monday 9.30 – 17.00
Tuesday – Saturday 9.00 – 17.00
Sunday 11.00 – 17.00

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