Shipston on Stour Hotels and Guide
Shipston On Stour is an English place of great antiquity. This town is originally a Saxon settlement near a ford that was used as a sheep wash. This thus, explains its name Shipston – an evolved term for “Scepwaestune” (Sheepwashtown). As a result to the town’s connection with sheep, it enjoyed great prosperity. Visiting this little town, you can still see the great prosperity the town has enjoyed by seeing the quaint streets, alleyways and niche businesses in the area, aswell as the excellent Shipston On Stour Hotels.
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Shipston on Stour Hotels and Accommodation
Located in the depths of rural south Warwickshire, Shipston On Stour is a small market town that is near the scenic Cotswold region. It has remained a focal point for many of the local rural communities since there are a variety of shops that cater to everybody. So, while packing your bags for a non-stop shopping or a one day window-shopping, be sure that you book yourself one of the great Shipston On Stour hotels for a comfortable stay.
An instant hit with both the locals and the tourists alike, The George Hotel Shipston-On-Stour has been fully renovated throughout. With a rate that starts from £49, a relaxed atmosphere, gorgeous décor, great food and fabulous staff are guaranteed.
Another great hotel to stay at while in town is The Falcon Hotel Shipston On Stour. Characterized by a combination of the traditional element of Shipston and modern comfort, this hotel embodies a distinct accommodation (rates start from £45).
There is also, The Blackwell Grange Bed & Breakfast, a 17th century farmhouse that offers an attractive country garden. You may also want to stay at The White Bear Hotel Shipston On Stour – which has been a meeting place for the local residents for a number of years.
Things to do in Shipston On Stour
This English town has a great deal to offer the shoppers. There is a wide variety of independent retailers who sell practically almost everything – from locally produced food to contemporary arts and crafts. In addition, Shipston On Stour‘s independent businesses offer specialist and unique services. As a result, customers are drawn from a wider geographic area than a town of its size usually expects. This Shipston guide will tell you some things you need to know when visiting this amazing little English town.
Shipston’s places of interest include the Old Baptist Church founded in 1780, the 17th century Friends Meeting House used by the Quakers, the 19th century Methodist Church and Sheep Street, which is the former location of the sheep market. There is also, a three-day fair during the month of June which dates back to the 13th century, whilst the annual Shipston Proms held in June and July, provides a variety of music from classical to rock.
Another great place to visit is the nearby Whichford Pottery. Founded in the year 1976, this is a family-run establishment that sells pots made entirely by hand. The Whichford Pottery’s gallery shop contains some excellent works for you to see.
Just near the Warwickshire-Oxfordshire border, The Rollright Stones are situated at a sacred site – on a hilltop above the village of Long Compton. This group of monuments, which were built sometime between 2500-2000 B.C., are definitely worth visiting, if you are nearby.
Where to eat
From English teas to fine gourmet experiences or a good snack – Shipston On Stour hosts a fine range of restaurants, pubs, tearooms and cafes. A number of these food establishments in and near this town are regarded highly due to their homemade food (which use local producers and breweries), outstanding hospitality – as well as, attractive gardens that makes your dining experience more special.
One good restaurant is the Dinning Room at The George Hotel, which is located in High Street, Shipston on Stour. In the best boutique style, a blackboard menu features dishes such as roast butternut squash soup with crumbled bacon and parmesan shavings, warm lobster salad with sun blushed tomatoes and black olives. You can have a main course of seared tuna steak on homemade tagliatelle, and be followed by pain au chocolat bread and butter pudding with custard. Also, they offer a lively wine list that pays homage to the menu.
The has a really funky and warm ambiance and offers a fantastic contemporary cuisine with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
If you are craving for terrific meals such as Gloucester Old Spot pork chop with an apple and cider sauce, char-grilled rib-eye steak with a peppercorn and brandy sauce, or smoked haddock and prawn pancakes in a cheesy sauce – try the Restaurant at The White Bear Hotel, which is also located at High Street.
When to go
With Shipston’s picturesque main shopping street, visiting this beautiful market town in a warm summery day is a perfect experience. Reward yourself by allotting a day of finding great souvenirs and mementos at the town’s numerous shops and antique stores. Also, summer days can let you have a romantic stroll around the town centre and along some quaint streets and alleyways of Shipston.
As you wander around, it would be hard not to appreciate the Georgian architecture that still exists today. With the town’s location in the rolling Warwickshire countryside plus the proximity of the beautiful River Avon and some great markets, Shipston On Stour remains a top tourist destination. And don’t forget, it’s only just a few miles down the road from Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford upon Avon.