Shopping for Bargains in Horncastle
Friday, March 30, 2012 9:48:53 AM
Bargains and TradersStarting at the Lincoln side of town, it firstly has to be said this is a general shopping post, and antiques, especially upmarket ones, may be found on all 4 extremities of the town. For 'everyday' Horncastle shopping bargains, Friskney's Showroom seem to have the best prices and quality on gloves and other protective gear. On the corner is Benton's Coffee, who do the best size mug of fresh ground coffee; with a drinks licence just granted, breathalyzer busting hot toddy's are now available. Across the road Horncastle Antiques has multiple rented areas that are probably the best layed out in the town. Opposite again, and Hare's have helped me furnish two properties with beds, bookcases and cabinets. Passing the Launderette, which is always a godsend to those visiting, the town centre has it's own treasures.
Town CentreThe place for ready meals, cans of pop etc has to be Heron's presently. Perkin's newsagent can order books and has the best selection of magazines. The cobbler and keycutter often has a window of good gift ideas, with engraving available. The Pop-In cafe is excellent on price and does meals including Lincolnshire Sausages. Achurch's hardware probably could kit the whole town out with one of everything. Mantles chippy is consistent on price and quality with regular fresh deliveries. The new bike shop nextdoor to Perkins have already fixed my bike for £17 when everyone else were quoting 3 figures for a new one.. As a conduit to Him upstairs, St Mary's probably gives best value, although everyone has their favourites. Cooplands new shop must get an honorable mention for their cheese straws. Out of the 4 banks, it's the one making the least obscene profit that should attract. The electrical lighting shop by the zebra crossing, carries alot of stock and gave me a good price on a new kitchen spot array. Houldens newsagent is the main pay point in the town. Of the 5 charity shops, 4 are on the high street, and give a better quality than other more urban stores. The music store on the Bullring corner orders CD's, and carries some unique gift ideas for music lovers. Johnson's fruiterers can be relied upon for interflora and a varied display of local products. Longfellows cafe have been doing a home made vegetable pastie well worth a nibble.
The bargain store in the Ship is just under new management, as is Mills newsagents who have just been bought out by Tesco; bargains amongst discontinued lines can be found in both. Opposite, Myers cafe do a sandwich meal, with chips and salad that can't be beaten for value. The library coffee machine is the cheapest in town at 50p and seems to be a favourite with the local Ferengi. In the middle of the High St is the mum's and toddlers shop, with buggies, toys and infant wears.
North St RetailTouchwood Pine and Kerfuffle must get honorable mentions for quality displays, and unique gift ideas. Further up, Toycastle and the Sweet shop seem to be favourites now with the local infants, both being stocked to the rafters with treats. In the same area, up the arcade at the rear of the jewellers, handmade teddies, chocolates and cards can be found. The Graces women accessories and First Clothing prove their value with repeat customers. The health food shop is invaluable for advice and the plethora of products. Some Vogel natural vitamin C tablets essentially help cure my slipped discs (along with 36hrs sleep). Good4books have many interesting tomes. One that caught my eye was a 'Pop up Kama Sutra'... The hobby house have saved the day a couple of times, and again are a source of gift ideas. The Chinese next door start with basic portions, through to complex full meals, eat in or take out. Kemps hardware tends to stock emergency items, with coalite, parafin and lanterns, stoves, candles etc.. Whilst Turner's DIY is the place to go if putting together IKEA, and screws are missing. On the East side of North St, Clare Boam's old Co-Op will endeavour to get items if firmly requested. They're one of the few to test and buy or sell electrical items. A good selection of Royalty items tend to find their way there, and pieces with character.
East St ProprietorsLawrence Shaw is probably the shop to start at for coins and medals. Together with the Trinity Church across the road. ....
. . . . Many quality items find their way here, from Grand pianos and snooker tables to pearl and amber. There's also a CCTV watched place to park at the rear whilst loading at the Church.
Closer to the town is Great Expectations, another large building full of rented pitches. This is my favourite haunt for lavalamp bargains. Really they should charge admission at the door, the place is a real muse. Tim Smith books has another car park berth across from it at the Ship. The shop is a rummage of paperback and pictures and CDs. Helen's fruit and Flowers across the junction often have a good pot plant selection.
South St BargainsThe Drill Hall and Big Chair Company are worth a look for specific antique items, whilst George Baker antiques can turn up a quality rarity. The 'rescued' Town Hall has started doing antiques fayres and auctions again, which are publicised in the local press and on flyers about the town. A mile down the road, the Service station opposite the Industrial Estate is the local catch all and stocks a contra batch of magazines to the A listers in the town, including foriegn titles. The road has one of the few Korean War memorials opposite the Mermaid chippy.
Hidden Bargain ShoppingRobinsons electrical are now the premier stockist in the town and do a repair service. Tesco and the High St news shop are the places for a mobile phone in Horncastle, but a large High St provider have yet to be tempted, despite the central County location and large catchment. Pricewise, Tesco seems to have the beating of the two CoOp's, and I suspect one will become another High St brand before long, as it was busier when derelict. The One Stop newsagents in the Bullring is now Tesco owned, and is propbably going to give the others a run for their money. Touchwood Oak has been mentioned, but Bunny's Pine out to the West probably has the more olde worlde items and heavier furniture at times. Vacant property presently includes the Angel Inn, Yates and Greenoughs large electrical store, a large oddments store in the Bullring, and the Town Hall which is To-Let for offices and functions. It would make a great shop position, opposite the Mareham Rd Estate catchment and with a zebra crossing in situ. It is the old Roman vecus/market, so perhaps an Italian may eventually recognise good real estate again soon.
are in a little photo album, and may allow perusal and even online or phone ordering prior to travelling.
Horncastle Market StallsThe markets on Thursday and Saturday (with larger monthly farmers markets) are patronised by local traders, some of whom have a web presence:
The 2011 Christmas Market was better represented than for many a year, with around 60 stalls, and was well worth a visit.
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