After the positive feedback I’ve received on this post from my other blog, The Fishbowl Manifesto, I thought it would be worth posting here too. I’ve created a new category for these posts under ‘Countryside’ where, similar to my Walled Kitchen Garden Photo-tour, I’ll be posting some views of the English countryside and towns. Many are from the Chilterns and Thames Valley areas where I live, and some will be from further afield. Enjoy!
The Englishman and I spent an afternoon in Thame, Oxfordshire, a lovely historic market town. Though many towns share that slogan, this place truly embodies it with a long walkable market street, plenty of independent businesses and historic buildings. The buildings date from the 13th century onwards, from Georgian inns to late Victorian townhouses. Even the more “modern” fire hall and local theatre have a certain character to them. A quintessentially English market town, I think!
There are numerous independent shops, cafes and pubs along the High Street, making Thame a town to visit more often to really appreciate them. We made a pit-stop at Rumsey’s Chocolaterie and Coffee Shop, a deliciously successful local food business (established by a couple inspired by the film Chocolat), and ended the afternoon at the James Figg, a cozy pub serving good food and real ales by the fireplace.