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Top 8 Shops to Visit in Haworth

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by Bethany Ruane (subscribe)
University of Leeds English student!
Published December 23rd 2012
Situated on the border of the Pennine moors and made famous by the literary Bronte sisters the picturesque village of Haworth is ideal for a festive visit, certain to get you into the Christmas spirit.

1. If you're struggling with those last minute Christmas gifts I would strongly recommend taking a trip to Rose & Co. Apothecary which boasts such a large array of vintage style products it feels like you're being transported back to the 18th century.

The main section of the store is filled with homemade loafs, Christmas puddings and hampers (one of which I bought for my food loving Dad containing various jams, crackers, pickles, cheese and pate complete with a cellophane covered wicker basket). There are also a range of Christmas decorations and towards the back of the shop a elegant display of vintage costumes and jewellery.

The store was originally founded by mother and daughter duo, Patricia and Caroline Rose and they have since being recognised by Sunday Times Style Magazine and Marie Claire. Even if you're not looking for a Christmas presents I stocked up on lots of girly gifts for future birthdays.

Food and hamper gift selection at Rose & Co. Apothecary

Original display at Rose & Co. Apothecary

Christmas decorations at Rose & Co. Apothecary

2. Mrs Beightons Sweet Shop is suited to all old fashioned sweet lovers. It boasts a wide range of products - from handmade Yorkshire fudge to Riley's toffee rolls and Wrights brandy snaps to a huge collection of liquorice. They even offer made to order gifts and supply special occasions.

3. Speaking of sweets, And Chocolate was certainly my favourite visit of the day. I am a huge chocolate lover and was in awe of how many products they stocked (even a chocolatier PC game!).

Their selection of Christmas gifts consisted of impressive truffle towers shapes into Christmas trees, chocolate 'trees' of liquorice and sweets, hot chocolate sticks and a Christmas pudding made entirely of truffles, oh and my personal favourite, 'Valentino's Belgian Chocolate Pizza'!

Although I was torn between testing out their colourful macaroon selection, I ended up sampling their numerous chocolate flavours: tiramisu, strawberry cupcake, cranberry, salted caramel, mulled wine, balsamic vinegar (although I have balsamic with pretty much every savoury meal I have I was surprised to see it blend well with the chocolate), Baileys, Irish coffee, raspberry ripple pyramid, black pepper and strawberry and rose, orange and violet cream. It's safe to see you'll be spoilt for choice trying to decide on your flavours.
Chocolate christmas tree inside ...And Chocolate

Impressive chocolate display inside ...And Chocolate

Chocolate pizza inside ...And Chocolate

Chocolate 'trees' inside ...And Chocolate

4. The Souk, a vintage boutique, stocks a huge variety of clothes and accessories from the 20s to the 80s and is filled to the brim with products. They also have an online store due to launch any time soon.

5. Eyrers and Crarers - A beautiful and reasonably priced furniture and jewellery shop reminiscent of Laura Ashley products - but for a fraction of a price.
Furniture display inside Eyrers and Crarers

6. Daisy Days – a boutique gift (lots of Cath Kidston!) and flower shop which specialises in design led gifts for the home and exclusive ladies wear brands such as Avoca and Solmate. However I was especially taken with their kitsch selection of gadgets and retro telephones.
Retro telephones inside Daisy Days

Display inside Daisy Days

7. Oh La La Vintage - if you're in need of a warm winter coat this is definitely the place for you, and although they stocked real mink and rabbit fur scarves and coats which I couldn't bring myself to touch, even I had to admit they looked incredibly luxurious.
Vintage furs from Oh La La Vintage

8. Oates and Wiles - A cute quaint gift shop stocking 'fairy dust', '3 angel wishes' and 'worry dolls' that make for a quirky gift.
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Where: Haworth, West Yorkshire
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I love the chocolate pizza.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 3247 days ago
I really like the chocolate christmas trees.
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|362) 3431 days ago
some very tempting shops
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 3430 days ago
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