Stafford in Colour

11 May

A bit of a grey area, Stafford is a largely overlooked hub of modern culture in a historic setting. Situated in the East Midlands (Staffordshire) it’s a town that just quietly gets on with things.

Tami and I have a stroll through St Mary’s green

The high street is rich with craft boutiques and knick knack stores, like Number 28 which offers quirky, individual gift ideas for the home and locally crafted cards, or Kalika homeware boutique, crammed with shabby chic and vintage items (which operates out of a front room).

Hidden down by the river, Jade second hand clothing boutique is where I unearthed a sequined ball gown that I’d been searching for, for the longest time, as well as a classic safari dress in black from French Connection that had to come home with me. The store also extends through to a prom, wedding and bridesmaid boutique (also vintage). The second hand samaritans at Jade are hosting a charity fashion show locally in the village, so do buy some tickets if you’re about.

Tudor house doubles as a museum along the high street

There’s even an old Victorian folklore which demands that all shops on certain streets must close on Wednesdays. Annoying if you need to pick up a spot of cod from Parkers of Mill Street, Stafford, for dinner but it certainly adds to the charm of the place.

Victoria park bridge Stafford

The 16th century thatched building that houses a family run restaurant-come tea-room called Soup kitchen  is perched down a cobble stone alley called Church street, and surprisingly enough overlooks a beautiful stone church (St. Mary’s). I must admit I have had two dates here in the past week, firstly with the boyfriend and secondly with a very dear old friend, visiting for the weekend.

16th Century Soup Kitchen Stafford

Everything is prepared and cooked on-site, the staff are always chirpy and the prices aren’t too offensive either. On both occasions I opted for their sky high puff pastry pie with veg, followed by cakes and desserts that are so naughty but too nice to pass up.

Tam looking very pensive

Carrot cake and cherry pie & custard for dessert

We topped it all off with coffee and conversation at The Grove on the other side of St Mary’s Church where talk somehow shifted to our shared love of actress and beauty Thandie Newton, which of course led to a Thandie ‘pose off’.

Thandie ‘Tami’ Newton

Thandie ‘Ella’ Newton

Here are some snaps from our wonderful day in Stafford:

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