If you’re coming along to our next Hue Sale then why not make a day of it. Here’s our guide to the best things to see and do in and around Ham ….
As well as being one of the most picturesque villages in Wiltshire, Ham has always been steeped in history, and creativity. Members of The Bloomsbury Group bought Ham Spray House in 1924. And over the next 4 decades transformed it into their literary retreat with typical "Bloomsbury" decorations. Sadly The house is not open to the public but you can view it from the fantastic walk along the Inkpen Ridgeway.
After a trip to Hue you may be in the mood for more shopping and you’re spoilt for choice. Oka’s flagship store is just a 10 minute drive away in Froxfield. Hungerford itself it a mecca for antiques lovers and the town’s Bridge Street, which has been named ‘The Bond Street of Berkshire’ boasts some fabulous independent boutiques including Mojo and McCoy, Roxtons, White Coco and interiors treasure trove
On the way out towards the A4 look out for the display of garden ornaments and sculpture, this is Barrs Yard, the home of Garden Art and other quirky independent shops including Jax Jeans, Marmalade, GrapeSmith and Wendy Lewis Flowers.
For lunch or coffee there’s Cobbs on the A4 – this has just been named the South West’s Farm Shop of the Year. It’s got a fabulous deli, fishmonger and butcher and a great café with outside terrace. There’s also a branch of local florist Sarah Styles.
Hungerford itself has Eliannes, a 100% organic café and restaurant with fabulous salads and homemade cakes. As we write Ham’s own pub, The Crown and Anchor, is undergoing a major renovation, it’s going to be open mid-June. Too late for our sale but well worth a return visit – our local spies tell us the décor and the menu are amazing!
If you’re willing to drive a bit further then Rick Stein in Marlborough offer a wonderful set lunch and in the other direction towards Newbury you can choose between two Michelin starred restaurants, The Blackbird and The Woodspeen.