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Towns Uncovered | Thame

TOWNS UNCOVERED
Thame

Laura Hueto Puig

Laura Hueto Puig

@MintVelvet
@MintVelvet

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…

 

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Coluco

Coluco

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.


14 Buttermarket,
Thame,
OX9 3EP

01844 873 377

Sir Charles Napier

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.


Spriggs Alley,
Chinnor,
OX39 4BX

01494 483 011

Belmond

Belmond

Only 15min away, this luxury hotel is home to a ‘spectacular culinary fairytale’ that has earned it and its head chef, Raymond Blanc, two Michelin stars since it opened 35 years ago. For special occasions.


Church Rd,
Great Milton,
OX44 7PD

01844 278 881

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Rumsey's

Rumsey’s

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,
Thame,
OX9 3ER

01844 260 303

The Thatch

The Thatch

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,
Thame,
OX9 2AA

01844 214 340

The Black Horse

The Black Horse

Filled with cosy nooks and corners, this is the perfect place to enjoy a pint or two with friends and family – if you get hungry, their delicious pub fare is cooked from scratch with seasonal produce.


11 Cornmarket,
Thame,
OX9 2BL

01844 219 050

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Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens

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.


Waterperry,
Oxford,
OX33 1LA

01844 339 226

Rycote Chapel

Rycote Chapel

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.


Rycote Park,
Thame,
OX9 2PE

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

Built at the end of the 19th Century by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, Waddesdon Manor is a spectacular château surrounded by National Trust gardens (23min drive from Thame).


Aylesbury,
Buckinghamshire,
HP18 0JH

01296 820 414

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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.


16 Cornmarket,
Thame,
OX9 2BW

01844 217 998

The Deli at No.5

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.


5a Buttermarket,
Thame,
OX9 3EW

01844 214 229

Local Market

Local Market

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.


High St,
OX9 3DP

 

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