Thame is a historic market town just outside of Oxford, home to a picturesque boat-shaped high street that has preserved its old-fashioned charm with independent shops and family-friendly gastropubs. Surrounded by lovely countryside, we couldn’t have picked a better spot for a Mint Velvet boutique (opening end of February 2019)! And if that isn’t reason enough to pay Thame a visit, we’ve put together a list of our favourite places to eat, drink, shop and visit in the local area…
Open from morning latte to late-night nibbles, this brand-new eatery serves brunch classics the likes of eggs benedict and avocado-on-toast, as well as tempting grazing boards and decadent desserts.
Sir Charles Napier
Nestled in the neighbouring Chiltern Hills (a short 16min drive from Thame) is Sir Charles Napier, a culinary treasure surrounded by beautiful gardens and beechwood walks.
A beautiful Georgian building on Thame’s Upper High Street is home to Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in a lovely setting. We recommend the hot chocolate.
8 Upper High St,
What could be better than a Classic Oxfordshire Gastropub to relax with a drink and some nibbles? Their cocktail menu has all the classics, while their hand-selected wine list is second to none.
29-30 Lower High Street,
8 acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens lie a short 18min drive away from town in Waterperry Gardens. Home to a garden shop, art gallery and café, they offer Afternoon Tea upon request.
Lose yourself in the historic fifteenth-century chapel and its exquisitely carved and painted woodwork. It’s all that’s left of the Rycote Estate and its Tudor mansion, which was demolished in 1807.
Right in the centre of town, this charming gift shop strives to support local artists and makers by selling stationery, candles and other homeware products.
The Deli at No.5
Owners Hannah and Joe have travelled far and (nation)wide to bring the finest cheese, charcuterie, wine and other food & homeware products to their Great British Delicatessen.
Every Tuesday morning transforms Thame’s iconic boat-shaped High Street into a whirlwind of fresh produce stalls and local sellers, a true testament to the market’s 800-year history.