Escape the bustle of the city for the tranquil countryside and visit one of Rutland’s smaller market towns. With its distinctive honey-coloured buildings, Uppingham boasts a wealth of history and old English charm. Wander aimlessly around the streets which are filled with an array of independent boutiques, cafes, restaurants and traditional country inns. At the heart of the town lies the marketplace, which hosts local events and a weekly Friday market. There’s certainly something for everyone to enjoy in Uppingham and we’ve selected a sample of our favourites.
22 High Street East, Uppingham, LE15 9PZ
This beautiful independent florist is home to a variety of seasonal flowers. If you’re after something a little more special Earthworks provides arrangements for any occasion, including weddings, birthdays, christenings and funerals.
3-5 High Street West, Uppingham, LE15 9QB
A delightful family run bakery, established in 1867 by Senior Baines has been passed on through generations. Making for the perfect pit stop after a long day of walking, Baines Bakery offers a selection of freshly made bread, cakes and sandwiches.
4 Market Place, Uppingham, LE15 9QH
Set in the heart of the marketplace in a 17th-century grade II listed building, this historical pub has since been given an update with cosy sofas and wood-burning fires. The Vaults offers a variety of local brews, continental beers and cask ales, as well as serving homemade food.
Goodwin and Belle
11 High Street East, Uppingham, LE15 9PY
Traditional meets contemporary in this local and ethically sourced homeware boutique. Here you’ll find beautifully crafted accessories for every room in the house, from cosy throws to unique kitchen ceramics, as well as a range of quirky gifts and stationary. Trust us; you won’t want to leave this shop empty handed!
8 Market Place, Uppingham, LE15 9QH
This brasserie is the perfect place for lunch, dinner and a Sunday roast. It offers mouth-watering menus suitable for a variety of tastes alongside a fine selection of beers and wines. But if it’s just a hot drink you’re after, the 2nd-floor coffee lounge is a great place to just relax and unwind.
Uppingham Antiques Centre
17 High Street East, Uppingham, LE15 9PY
The Uppingham Antiques Centre is one of many places in the town offering a wide selection of hidden gems. Great for those who have a keen eye for historical artefacts or even if you just fancy a browse, you never know what might grab your attention. You’ll find everything from genuine Georgian furniture to paintings and porcelain figurines.
By Jessica Challoner-Sterland