For newspapers, groceries and general supplies, drive or walk to our precious rural post office, two miles away at Bent Lont (or Bentlawnt depending on your signpost!). Alternatively head in the opposite direction to the Aladin’s Cave that is the Stiperstones General Store.

The market town of Bishop’s Castle (9 miles) has a range of shops including chemist, post-office, a bank,  two seven-day-a-week supermarkets and a petrol station. It also has several pubs (the Three Tuns and Six Crowns brew their own beer), and a handful of coffee shops including one located inside a second-hand bookshop. On Thursdays, there is a small vegetable and general market in the Town Hall, and third Saturday is Farmers Market . Bishop’s Castle has a character of its own and many of our visitors fall for its quirky charm. .

There is also a large supermarket at Churchstoke (on the way to Montgomery) which is called Harry Tuffin’s and is something of a local phenomenon. It sells just about everything, including petrol, it has a Country Park with some rare-breeds animals and its Sunday morning car-boot sale attracts big local crowds, especially in the summer.

For more sophisticated markets, visit Ludlow or Shrewsbury.  Shrewsbury has a lovely centre with a mix of historic buildings with modern shops.  Ludlow’s markets vary depending on the day of the week and time of month, while Telford has a big selection of shopping malls and chain stores.

If  looking for Shropshire produce many of the Farmers Markets and Madein Shropshire markets offer a good source, or check out Buy From Shropshire which is a new venture promoting local arts and crafts online.

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