Although sunny, it was chilly in Stow-in-the-Wold today, but that did nothing to spoil a visit to a brilliant bookshop. Having already visited the Jaffe and Neale shop in Chipping Norton during the Chip Lit Fest (read our post here ), I had high hopes that it would be full of tempting treats- and it was!
Cleverly used space combines coffee shop and book shop without feeling cluttered. The door opens onto the adult section with a very generous array of subjects on offer. A little display on the left hand side hints at the joys in store when you reach the children’s section at the rear of the shop, but there’s plenty to browse whilst on the way there!
Light and airy, the shop’s clean, wooden shelving makes an attractive display for the wonderful books on offer. Make your way up the steps at the back, and you find yourself in an open room with a lovely display unit in the middle, covered in children’s books. So many delightful books! Beanbags by the shelves and coffee tables offer plenty of space to sit and read whilst choosing.
Whilst I was selecting books from my favourite section (children’s!), my dad and husband were finding plenty to please them on other shelves whilst my mum was enjoying reading ‘Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different’. There really was something for everyone!
Whilst paying for our goodies, I was delighted to find that the lady behind the till was not only very helpful and polite, but also a joy to speak to as she had read Nevermoor ( now on this year’s Read Aloud Short list- read our review here ) and was enjoying Wundersmith which I am currently reading! It is so wonderful to chat to like-minded people, particularly in a bookshop! Knowledgeable staff can really help guide and recommend and are worth their weight in gold- or books!
We didn’t have a chance to sample the delicious looking cake, but this is a brilliant bookshop we all agreed needs to be visited again! So I’ll have a piece of this lovely looking lemon drizzle cake next time please!
You can find out more about Jaffe and Neale on their website.