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Shopping in Southern Oxfordshire
Plan time for a little retail therapy. In these days of mass produced identikit stores, Southern Oxfordshire towns have retained a high proportion of small, independent shops. When you're looking for a special present for a special someone or maybe a treat for yourself, Southern Oxfordshire has plenty of shops offering something different.
There's excellent organic and locally sourced food and drink available. Breweries and wine makers use age old skills to create high quality wine, champagne, ales and beers for shops, pubs and restaurants throughout the UK. Independent deli's prepare fresh dishes on the premises. Bakers and Patisserie's unleash gorgeous aromas of fresh baked bread, pastries and cakes so there's always an excuse for morning coffee or afternoon tea. Butchers remain loyal to local suppliers for organic meat. And what would life be without local jams, chutneys and pickles to spice up a ploughman's lunch or spread on fresh scones?
Art galleries arrange regular exhibitions showcasing the work of local as well as international artists. Rummaging through antique shops is another favourite holiday pastime and there's a large antique and salvage reclamation yard where Southern Oxfordshire welcomes people from all over the country looking to buy unusual pieces at reasonable prices.
Bookshops cover high street chains offering the latest best-sellers to rare book dealers who pride themselves on finding sought after titles in first and second editions.
A wide range of home-ware, bespoke furniture and kitchen gadgets is available with modern and boutique-style pieces on offer from well-known designers such as Cath Kidston, Sia and Villeroy & Boch.
Year round fresh flower displays for special occasions are available from florists, together with a wide of variety of plants from well-established garden centres and specialist nurseries.
So when you want a gift for the neighbour who watered your plants while you were visiting Southern Oxfordshire, take a little local memento back with you. And buy one for yourself too.