One of the things that drew us to Shipston when we were looking for a good locations for our Cotswolds B&B was that Shipston has an unusually high number of independent businesses. In fact, corporate shops are more the exception in Shipston and are far outnumbered by the independents.

A Christmas window in Shipston

A Christmas window in Shipston

It also helps that this area of the Cotswolds takes food and drink very seriously.

Taste of the Country is a lovely deli which recently has had a total makeover. They stock a lot of products from local producers but what is more impressive is that more than half of their products are made in house. They have also won a National Great Taste award for their dark chocolate brownies.

Tast of the Country - Shipston

This shop is well worth a visit!

Taste of the Country - Shipston-On-Stour