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Explore Leek, Staffordshire UK

I was out and about on the weekend to do some much needed shopping.  It was a sunny Saturday so I thought I’d take a trip to Leek, which is about 12 miles from where I live. It’s a little old market town nestled in the Staffordshire moorlands.  The surrounding scenery and walking opportunities are stunning if that’s your thing and Leek would be a great base for this.  It’s also a great place to have a good old browse around the architecture, covered markets and local independent shops, of which there are plenty. So if you’ve never been to Leek and your passing that way it’s worth a stop, maybe for a bit of lunch.

Here are a few pictures I took during the day to tempt you.

This is the Nicholson War Memorial dedicated in 1925 and just a taster of some of the eye-catching structures. The town is stuffed with architecturally and historically interesting buildings both public and private, dating back to the Victorian and earlier periods…. you can read more on the Wikipedia page.

Nicholson War Memorial Leek

The old market square holds an antique / bric-a-brac market every Saturday with many bargains to be had, including the old bamboo side table I bought  (see it later).  The square is surrounded by independent shops and cafes, which seemed to have multiplied enormously since my first visit about 3 years ago.

leek market square

Alcove provides an eclectic mix of home wares and it was here I once bought a very nice hook for the kitchen. I always pick up a loaf of bread at the  Live Love Loaf  bakery, why wouldn’t you? This time it was tomato bread, which went perfectly with Mr Husband’s homemade hummus.

There are two undercover markets as well.  One is just off the market square with butchers, fishmonger and a greengrocer to name but a few.  The second, Gettliffe’s Yard is tucked away at the other end of the high street and houses independent shops with a focus on crafts and decor. There’s a great space at the end with restaurant seating so you can sit under a glass roof, getting the sun but avoiding the cold, which is always good in my books. A hidden gem of a place

The trip was finished with lunch at the Cock Inn, a Joules pub with a long and engaging brewing history, where I sampled a glass of the Joules pale ale  – it not often we can sit and enjoy a leisurely lunch on the weekend, but its highly recommended. And to finish here’s pics of the bamboo sidetable and the bread and hummus 😘😘😘

Hope this may have inspired you to explore Leek and spend a few hours of happy wandering 🌞🌞🌞

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