Step outside the door of Hedgemead Court and immerse yourself in the delightful array of shops, cafes and bistros which make up Bath’s beautiful Artisan Quarter. Since the 1960s both the London Road and Walcot Street have been informally regarded as such, housing an eclectic collection of independent stores selling everything from vintage clothes and artists’ handiwork to exquisite food and designer homeware. It is well worth scheduling some time to browse round the interesting calibre of goods on offer, making sure to inspect the unique character found within this special pocket of the city. Bath’s Artisan Quarter offers an alternative selection of goods, far from the high street offerings at the opposing end of town and has been a collective hub for artists and creatives since Roman times.
If you happen to be around for the weekend, you might want to consider wiling away an hour or two at the Saturday flea market, which is renowned for its unique display of antiques, clothes, books and crockery amongst other collectable items. There are easily a dozen or more names worth mentioning, but here are a few of our favourites to look out for if you’re in the vicinity:
Graham & Green: emporium of boutique interiors inspired by eclectic and diverse cultures.
Harvest Natural Foods: passionate about providing ethically sourced, speciality foods since 1971.
Lane House Arts: Contemporary art, ceramics, sculpture, curated exhibitions, partnerships, gallery.
The Bell Inn: Award-winning live music venue and real ale pub and wood-fired pizza in the garden.
Meticulous Ink: Bespoke stationery and print company using 1960s presses.
Aqua Restaurant: Beautifully restored former church house setting for a chic and candle-lit Italian.