Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Have you ever passed through a little town and longed to see more of it?

It happens to me all the time… perhaps I’m just nosy.

On the way home to see my parents in Somerset we passed through Bradford on Avon, a pretty little village, made almost completely from gently glowing sandstone. It straddles the river (Avon) and its winding streets drew me in like a siren’s song.

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Rather than keep it all to myself I thought I’d bring you along with me.

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Together we can climb the old, cobbled streets, peek into windows and eat our own bodyweight in scones.

Ok, I’ll do that last part for the both of us.

In fact, I’ll eat yours too. I’m nice like that.

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Vintage DVF dress (from mum’s wardrobe)

Vintage LV bag // Sandals

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The town is filled with little antique & home shops, interspaced with pretty little homes covered in climbing flowers.

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We stopped to load up on local veggies and a bunch of sweetpeas for the kitchen.

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Peered down along the river and fed the ducklings.

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Built on the river banks, the town rises gently along the valley.

The houses are tiered as though waiting for their school picture. It’s a very pretty effect indeed, particularly reflected in the calm waters, occasionally disturbed by a swan or two.

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Walk up Silver Street.

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Stop before you pass Melanie Giles and pop in for a cuppa.

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Mel (who’s been cutting my hair since I was 12) has the keenest eye for design and detail in the county.

The whole place is swoon worthy and every inch will inspire some new corner of your home.

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I spoiled myself upstairs in the spa with terracotta manicure, before crossing the street for lunch at the Bunch of Grapes.

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With an ever changing, locally sourced menu and an interior any Shoreditch hipster would be proud of, it’s a breath of fresh air in the West Country.

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Fried courgette flowers with smoked garlic aioli.

I could eat this every day for the rest of my life and never be tired of it!

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Stir fried squid.

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The best bowl of mussels I’ve ever had, drowned in a thick, fragrant sauce.

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Though the slow cooked pork belly with salsa verde really stole the show.

Easily one of the best meals I’ve had all year.

If you find yourself in the area I can’t recommend a trip enough. Website here.

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Handmade aquamarine ring

Full fit to bust, we continued our stroll around the old town.

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Skipping up and down the sun soaked streets, dream cottage hunting.

Naturally I chose the one covered in pink roses.

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Interestingly the old bridge in the centre of town was exclusively designed for Pooh Sticks, and works really rather well as such.

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Though some of the locals do use it for other things.

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Across the river you’ll find a rickety old tea shop.

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One of the rules spelled out to you at the border when you cross into The West Country is that you must never pass up an opportunity for a cream tea.

So of course we went in.

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And served our duty.

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Scones with clotted cream and blackcurrant jam for me.

Vic Sponge for him.

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There’s a long standing war waging over whether you put your jam or cream on first. (I’m not kidding, this is a serious issue in the west – proof.)

Personally I’m all about cream first, then jam. This is the Devon way and it means you can heap so much more cream on top!

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But mum goes all Cornish and puts her jam on first.

It’s an extremely controversial issue, but I hope we can at the very least agree on two issues;

  1. You pronounce “scone” like “gone”.
  2.  They’re bloody delicious.

Weighed down with a ton and a half of cream tea, we made for the canal to stretch our legs.

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Bradford on Avon is well worth a trip if you fancy exploring a little more of our countryside.

I’m certainly going to make an effort to play tourist at home more often. I think The Cotswolds are calling me next…

Any recommendations for places to visit in the UK? I’m all ears!

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  • Jessy J.

    What a nice little village. Only a british village can look like this… Love it.

    Love your blog, have a nice day ☺

    • tomwest

      It’s a town 🙂
      But glad you like it as much as I do 🙂

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Such a scenic city! Would gladly pop down there when I’m in the UK. I’m bloody obsessed with the tea room!!!

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

  • Sarah Taylor

    We lived near Bradford for a couple of years – it’s gorgeous. I’d recommend the Peak District if you’re looking for places to visit in the UK. It’s stunning 🙂

    Sarah
    https://happinessremembers.com/

  • this old town looks really pretty and peaceful, untouched by humans. It reminds me of Nantucket which i visited 2 years ago. Thanks for sharing. Your pic nicely display the best of the town. flyingkittyadventures.com

    • jm

      Humans built it and I believe nearly all my neighbours are human!

  • It’s villages like this that make me love England. I adore the Cotswolds too!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • The foodporn in this post is causing me physical pain!!!

  • Shelly

    Painswick in Gloucestershire looks gorgeous and I know you’d take some great photos!

  • Ah this looks so lovely!
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  • Wow … Such a charm and cultured place. It truly is a peaceful serene sight. I am no stranger to European architect, but I fell in love all over again like a kid in a candy store! So beautiful every time! Merci for sharing!

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Ahhh this is so pretty! I have an ongoing list of places I want to visit once I can start hiring cars in the next few months, and this is definitely going on the List!! <3

    Little Miss Katy

  • Peppermint Dolly

    This looks beautiful! I’d highly recommend Chester, been twice and love it there! -> https://peppermintdolly.com/2015/05/25/a-weekend-in-chester/

    Rxx

    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  • Coco Cami

    Beautiful post, what a lovely place! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

  • Gillian

    The Cotswolds are stunning – as a London-er myself, I escaped the City at the beginning of August and spent time in Bourton-on-the-Water, exploring local places like Bibury, Broadway, Snowshill Lavender Farm, Stow-on-the-Wold and many more!

  • Victoria

    Kingham in the Cotswolds – The Wild Rabbit, home to Dalesford the amazing organic farm (Lady Bamfords creation! 🙂

  • Stephanie Dearing

    Stow-on-the-wold, Broadway or Bourton-on-the-water – all really pretty villages in the Cotswolds. Cheltenham is the centre of the Cotswolds and if you visited there, I’d recommend a stay/meal at 131 The Prom 🙂 http://www.no131.com/
    I think I’ll be planning a trip to Bradford on Avon over the Bank Holiday!

  • Anoushka

    So pretty, I’ve never been there before but it’s definitely on the UK bucketlist now! That lunch looks absolutely delicious, yum!

    Anoushka Probyn – A London Fashion Blog

  • Looks beautiful there and I am now lusting after a scone & jam. MMM.

    Mel x

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  • Kivevi

    A bit upper north and you would be visiting me! Lovely village and lovely pictures!

    http://www.outofofficebyrv.com

  • You manage to find the loveliest spots, the Tea Room is so pretty 🙂 I visited Stratford-upon-Avon many years ago and I fell in love with the little town. Is it near Bradford?

    http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

    • jm

      No. It’s in Wiltshire.

  • marie from heartfelt hunt

    such a cute little village! by the way you have gorgeous hair!!!

    xoxo,
    marie

    http://www.heartfelthunt.com

  • Grace Williamson

    Farncombe estate in the cotswolds is a dream!

  • SCONE – GONE always! Looks like such a lovely little town! Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    SUCH gorgeous pictures Rosie – I’m also obsessed with this part of the UK, you can’t beat the incredible tone and colour of those buildings 🙂
    Littlemissnottinghill.com x

  • Sonja

    Scone is pronounce like gone, thank you! I’m in Canada and Canadians and American’s so often pronounce is Scown. Drives me bonkers

  • This looks lovely, I really need to get out and explore more of England.

    And I’ve said it before, but you need to come to Canterbury! We have the cathedral, beautiful old buildings, and all of this fabulous food: http://www.rachelphipps.com/search/label/canterbury

  • Louise

    Lovely blog post. I believe you should visit The Lake District for a proper countryside experience!
    If you do and fancy some inside knowledge i’d be happy to help. #louisethompsonphotography

  • Becca

    Considering I live pretty close to Bradford-on-Avon it’s such a shame I haven’t visited yet! Beautiful photos – I think I’ll plan a trip there before the end of summer xx

    http://www.girlglobalising.com

  • Noemi

    Awww that’s so pretty… English countryside never disappoint me!
    But I would like to recommend you to visit Durham. I think you’ll love it, not only for the stunning architecture surrounded by a wild nature, but because, at least of your expectations, you will be in the Hogwarts’ courtyard. Simply magic

  • Rhiannon Kimberley Bates

    This looks wonderful Rosie, what a quintessentially English place and post!

    I’m off to the Cotswolds next week, it’s been high on the wish list for a while so am looking forward to exploring. Hopefully you’ll get there soon too, would love to see your adventures there too, and am sure you’ll inspire me to make another visit – you always manage to find the cutest little hideaways to discover.

    Missing your snapchats, hopefully you’ll be back snapping soon?

    Rhiannon x

  • You are indeed my favourite blogger. Such an inspiration!

    http://www.thelisasworld.com

  • Emily

    You will have to visit Stamford (voted no.1 place in the UK to live multiple times), such a lovely town, then Burghley House and the Garden of Surprises is always delightful.

  • This looks beautiful, sadly we’ve just moved t’up North and now I feel like missing out!! We’re living on the Wirral and the other day took a lovely bike ride to Hoylake and then walked to Hilbre Island where you can see seals! We got some lovely photos but I bet you would get some amazing ones! Plus it’s a lovely little town to wander round also and has the most amazing sunsets.
    Farah x
    http://www.vatkinary.com

  • Such a quaint village. Beautifully captured.
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    • jm

      Town.

  • I love a quaint English town! 🙂

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  • Looks like such a wonderful place! And the food look divine as always.

    http://somebodyfromsomewhere.me/

  • I would recommend a trip to the Elan Valley dams in Mid Wales. Have you heard of it? Google it 🙂 Angharad x

    welshandwonderful.com

  • Adore the archaic buildings looks very much like Bath!

    Lottie

    http://www.flareaforte.com

  • This looks so charming! And the scones look delicious!

  • Such a beautiful place! oh, and I put the jam on my scone first, then the cream! haha!

    poppyrkay.blogspot.co.uk

  • Such a beautiful village, and so English as well! Thanks for bringing us along with you. The tea room is beautiful, it must be a joy to go in even for the building itself. The most picturesque place I’ve visited in the UK is probably Chawton, in Hampshire – home to Jane Austen and many a beautiful thatched cottage!

    Julia x
    Last post: Madrid Photo Diary | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/holiday-diaries-hola-from-madrid.html

  • Gorgeous photos! That little town is so picturesque! Thank you for sharing!

    http://www.blushandbordeaux.com

  • Umberta Gentile

    Such a nice little town!! :))
    …& I put cream first & then jam on the scones! Never thought of doing the other way round 😉
    Have a good day!
    xx
    Umberta
    http://thesecretlifeofanactress.blogspot.fr/

  • What a beautiful place!! Such character and history! And let’s not forget that delicious food!! I’d travel here for the cream tea alone! And the cobbles, and the cottages, and the Pooh sticks, and…

    Gemma
    http://www.fadedwindmills.com

  • Girl in Pretty Dress

    No no no no no…
    Surely it’s ‘scone’ like ‘gnome’? (Magic ‘e’ and all that..?)

    Also I second the peaks – stunning scenery. The village close to Chatsworth is charming.

    http://www.girlintheprettydress.blogspot.com

  • Helen

    Nooo, scone is pronounced like phone! haha. My husband would agree with you though. This isn’t far from where I live and is lovely. I also recommend the Cotswolds and part of Bristol are lovely too.

  • Nataly Chadwick

    Well I wasn’t expecting to come across my hometown this morning! B-o-A is where I grew up and you actually have captured my childhood home in your photos and walked the path I took to school every morning! So bizarre but wonderful all the same.

    It’s a stunning part of the country and I was lucky to have it as home for a long time. I’m also a Londoner now but indulge in the country pleasures when I go back to visit Mum. Thank you for sharing, we take for granted the things that we have until someone else looks at them differently! 🙂 x

  • Hollie Chapman

    Gorgeous photos! If you fancy the Cotswolds next, give Broadway a try. We went in May and it was glorious. I wrote a little blogpost about our trip here: http://hollielaura.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/the-cotswolds.html?m=1

    Hollie xx

  • Em Milly Magu

    Lot’s you missed out on when you visit here! Try Tory for a beautiful view of the town& the Tithe barn area for a lovely walk&view the oldest Tithe barn in the country. There are local pubs which aren’t bistros here…yes they still exist. The one mentioned about having “a cuppa in”, The Bear, it’s actually very good for traditional award winning pie&pints not tea! Look out for our Gold post box from our Olympic champion of 2012 in the shambles plus if you fancy going to a spit&sawdust yocal live music pub, stumble into the 3 horseshoes! Admire the beautifully decorated boats on the canal with the families&professionals who live in them…they will be a rarity so see them whilst you can as they are being forced off the boats by the authorities to make way for the seasonal tourist hire narrow boats. Enjoy my home town…it’s slowly becoming less of a locals town&more of a home for the commuters who can afford it pushing prices up&driving local generations who have grown up there out! X

  • Sarah

    I live in Canada and since my mother is Scottish (born and bred) she taught me how to pronounce scone the correct way. People here give me the funniest looks when I order a scone and say it like gone.

  • Katherine Crooks

    You MUST go stay at Hotel Endsleigh in Devon. A completely spectacular country hotel – my favourite place I have stayed in the U.K.

  • Daniela

    My home town! My Dad owns the little Pizzeria up on Silver Street – you should try it next time! Daniela x

  • Lucy Birchall

    I love this, I live just a stone’s throw from BoA and have been meaning to properly snoop around for ages (what a bad local I am). I must say, I remember when you first mentioned Melanie Giles (in Bath) aaaages ago, it was just before I moved to uni and from your post I knew exactly where I’d be getting my hair done! Anyway, I’m always hearing wonderful things about the BoA branch so really must treat myself to a manicure or something there just to have the opportunity to basque in the beautiful little salon! Also, your picks from the menu at Bunch of Grapes is exactly what I’d have gone for – will show it to my boyfriend and I’m sure we’ll end up popping over soon…!

    She’s So Lucy // Health, Wellness & Beauty

  • Milly

    What about a trip to Bristol! There’s lots to explore here. Pretty Clifton with its own ‘Ivy’, wonderful harbourside with Sup paddle boarding and the gorlious food locations along Gloucester Road. X

  • jm

    There are a lot of hills which old people who eat too many cakes might find difficult to climb.