Dubbed locally as ‘the Bond Street of Berkshire’, Bridge Street is the upscale gateway to the Hungerford retail experience . The couple of hundred yards between the A4 and the bridge over the Kennet and Avon Canal are a shopping heaven, offering a horizontal department store of specialist independent retailers whose range and quality of products are the perfect response to an increasingly anodyne British high street.
The logical place to start any good buying campaign is The Bear Hotel , where for £2.50 you can park for three hours and gird your loins with one of their excellent coffees or lunches in comfort before you embark.
"A horizontal department store of specialist independent retailers"
Several doors along, Bridge Street Antiques have managed to stock a fabulous collection of antique to 20th Century curios in a pretty small space. The range is eccentric and brilliant featuring furniture, lamps, glassware and china, jewellery,
kitchen-alia, vintage hunting, shooting and fishing gear, clothing and even taxidermy. It would be entirely possible to cross off your entire Christmas list in one hit in this exceptional store and has items to suit every budget.
A few yards further along Bridge Street, Furr & Co jewellery shop is both a showcase for premier British and Continental jewellery brands as well as their own designs which are produced in the workshops above their main show rooms.
“A showcase for premier British and continental jewellery design”
The elegant Georgian interior with its classically inspired cabinets forms a perfect backdrop for the rich and tempting tapestry of jewels.
Greg and Rachel Furr or a member of their staff are always delighted to offer advice and guide customers on their purchase, whether it be a lovely piece of silver jewellery by Georg Jensen where prices start from around £80 or an heirloom piece at many thousands of pounds. Bespoke commissions also form an important part of their work. as well as a comprehensive in-house repair and valuation service. Another unique Hungerford experience comes from
Angela Knight Lingerie . Less of a lingerie store and more of a transformational experience, it is Angela’s mission to liberate the woman within, offering a bespoke fitting service which caters not just to a range of sizes (AA to K cup) but to the individuality of each client. A trained stylist having worked in design and couture for over twenty years, Angela is a crusader for changing the way women feel about themselves and claims to be able to make you look ten years younger and half a stone lighter just
" We are all beautiful if we feel beautiful, there is nobody I can’t work my magic on"
by putting you in the right bra, a claim I can personally attest to. The store is a feminine haven of silk and lace, but what Angela is really selling is empowerment and says, ‘We are all beautiful if we feel beautiful, there is nobody I can’t work my magic on.’
A few paces further along Bridge Street, Roxtons are purveyors of superlative shooting and fishing gear, but are about so much more than sport. The perfect his and hers shopping experience, this ingeniously stocked shop sells everything from shotguns to well chosen fashion - think good cashmere and divine velvet ankle boots. In addition they do an excellent line in desirable, quality items for the home, such as baby alpaca throws, cushions, photo frames, candles, fragrance and gift items. Truly they have something for everyone and the knowledgeable and helpful staff make the entire experience a happy one. Just before the bridge straddles the canal, Styles Silver is the Alladin’s cave of Hungerford shopping.
This small but densely packed store is one of the few stores which specialises in silver outside of London and makes for brilliant browsing. The shop’s glass cabinets sparkle with an extraordinary range from the
"Buying into the designer dream at a fraction of the cost"
antique to contemporary, catering to all budgets and in them you will be able to find the perfect gift for any occasion from designer pieces to usable table wear. We have all bought an expensive item of clothing which we have only worn once or twice and Coco and Co is a dress agency which has made a business out of our extravagance. Less pre-loved than hardly worn, they stock an impressive range of designer and top of the range high street garments all sensibly priced. This is the place to go when you need upscale without the price tag, a way of buying into the designer dream at a fraction of the cost. Coco and Co also stock a range of beautiful infant wear and some exceptionally well-priced Italian leather handbags.
Across the street the fine furniture at William Cook Antiques caters to the top end of the market, drawing collectors from all over the country and US. Hungerford has terrific pull in the antiques trade and this showroom exemplifies
the quality and taste that draw the visitors in. William Cook has an excellent reputation and regularly exhibits both at home and abroad. You would probably need a large and very elegant home to showcase his pieces but for those with more modest homes, this is fantasy shopping at its very best.
One of the main advantages of shopping in a small town is that many of the businesses are family run affairs whose reputation depends on their fairness, value and good relationships with their customers. One such business is Hungerford’s car dealership, Peter Stirland Ford . With the festive season looming, some of us will be hoping to replace a tired vehicle with something smarter and more reliable. Whether you’re looking for a new family car or a used model for the young driver in your family, Peter Stirling will take the time to match you to the right car.
"Many of the businesses are family run affairs whose reputation depends on their fairness, value and good relationships with their customers"
They also offer servicing, repairs and MOTs on all makes and models as well as running a Motability scheme for disabled drivers.
While some will be getting a car for Christmas, the other seasonal spike is engagements on 25th December. No sooner does the New Year dawn than brides- to-be are donning their running spikes to prepare for the great day. Top of any girl’s list is THE DRESS. Miss of Hungerford is perhaps the town’s most beautiful shop, a mouth-watering oasis of cream and ivory bridal gowns set off to perfection by the well-lit, clean lines of the store. Joann Davis opened Miss in 2013 and is debuting one of her brides in the first wedding to take place in the new Church. Her range is a well chosen collection of gowns to suit every taste, from the classically simple to the jewel embellished extravaganza. Joann’s calm manner is the perfect balm to bridal nerves, steering women through the all important choice of gown, the, fitting and final touches before the big day.