Take a step back in time and into Bishop’s Waltham, a medieval market town known for its traditional shops, quaint eateries, and historic ruins. Always dressed to the nines in bunting and hanging baskets, the town is as popular with visitors as it is for independent businesses! Let’s see some of the gems Bishop’s Waltham has to offer.
Houchin Street, Bishop’s Waltham, SO32 1AR
Local, sustainable and always fresh, it’s no surprise that AnyFish is a Bishop’s Waltham Favourite! Pete has been in the fishmonger business for over 25 years and is always on-hand to serve up delicious fish – and expertise.
For those who would like to take home their own catch, AnyFish also offers a skippered boat charter in the Solent. Dotty can be hired out for the day for fully tutored fishing boat trips or sea cruises, with a fresh seafood lunch provided on board.
During the Covid 19 pandemic, Pete says that the Bishop’s Waltham community rallied together to support local independent businesses; AnyFish delivered fresh fish and homemade ready meals door-to-door at a time when many could not leave the house. With the cost-of-living crisis meaning that business running costs are higher than ever, he hopes that the community continue to shop local. Visit the AnyFish website here.
High Street, Bishop’s Waltham, SO32 1AA
Another staple of Bishop’s Waltham, Hylands has been serving up fresh produce and flowers for over 30 years. They source all their fruit and veg locally and seasonally to ensure their food is as fresh as it can be.
At this time of year, Hylands has a fantastic selection of strawberries from farms right on their doorstep. Strawberries have been harvested in the Hamble Valley, or the so-called ‘Strawberry Coast’, for over 150 years. Bishop’s Waltham’s now disused station was one of the hubs of this trade, with a near-constant stream of trains delivering Hampshire strawberries to London markets in the 19th century. Today, the trains may have stopped but the demand for fresh Hampshire produce remains in local gems such as Hylands.
They also offer a stunning array of flowers and plants. They can be bought as seedlings, potted plants and bouquets, so whether you are looking to brighten up your garden or give them as a gift, Hylands has something for you. You can find out more here.
Cross Street, Bishop’s Waltham, SO32 1EZ
This bright boutique on Bishop’s Waltham’s Cross Street offers up a charming selection of clothing, homeware, accessories and gifts. Walking in you’re greeted by fresh patterns and unique designs that live up to its name: Luvvit Want It. Some of their recent additions include ethically sourced candles, summer essentials and independent-made jewellery.
The boutique has been an asset to Bishop’s Waltham’s bustling independent business scene since 2012. Owner Helen said that the support the community gave to the shop, even during the pandemic, has been positive. It is just a testament to how important local independents are: when shopping became a health risk to so many, small stores were some of the only places people felt safe enough to do so. Since then, this Bishop’s Waltham gem continued to serve up gorgeous garments and gifts for visitors and locals alike! Find out their latest news here.
Sheardley Lane, Droxford, Hampshire, SO32 3QY
Tucked away near Bishop’s Waltham, in Droxford, is the family run Wallops Wood Cottages and Glamping.
The owners are Katherine and Andrew Graham; Katherine’s family have been farming the land since 1938.
Operating for over ten years, the business is proudly part of Visit Britain’s Green Tourism Business Scheme and have created a real home-from-home, with the emphasis on ‘access for all’ irrespective of age or physical ability.
Visit the Wallops Wood Cottages website.
If you are travelling by bus, the Stagecoach No 69 bus from Winchester to Fareham stops in Bishop’s Waltham.