Day Trip Diaries: Eleanor Kilby-Grainge @my_dressing_room_stories

There are so many things I love about Clevedon, it is one of the most beautiful and well kept coastal towns I have visited with such an incredible, rare community spirit which shines through many of the independent businesses and the local charitable trusts.

Even though I am a frequent visitor to this glorious town I still discover new places and new areas of natural beauty all the time, I hope you will enjoy reading about some of my favourite places.

 

For me, no visit to Clevedon is complete without popping in to Three6T, the brain child of Rebecca Marsh, this fabulous independent resale boutique specialises in preloved fashion, ranging from carefully selected high street to high end luxury, in short there is something for everyone and all budgets.

I first discovered Becky’s boutique back in 2016, even from my very first visit I was amazed by the pieces of fashion and accessories available but even more so by Becky’s passion for fashion, knowledge of both current and timeless style and her ability to effectively engage with her customers, meeting their individual needs.

Three6t isn’t just a shop, it is a place where people can spend time, browsing, chatting and trying with the wonderful benefit of a wonderful customer service ethos which is personally tailored to each customer’s individual needs, rather than purely focusing on sales, Three6t focuses on genuine customer happiness ensuring customers leave feeling 100% happy and confident in their new treasures.

After a morning at Three6t, what could be better than to visit Sow and Arrow for a much needed refuel?  Sow and Arrow isn’t just my favourite eatery in Clevedon, it is genuinely one of my all time favourite eateries in the UK.

As a vegan it can be challenging to find eateries that cater to my requirements in a healthy, nutritional way.  Sow and Arrow provides the most delicious freshly made real food which effectively caters to a variety of individual dietary requirements as standard, all of which is carefully sourced and created with physical and emotional wellbeing in mind – I honestly cannot tell you how much I enjoy eating here, the food, cakes and drinks are so unique and insanely tasty!

The café itself is a beautiful space, designed for customer comfort with a very relaxed feel, but if you happen to be in a hurry, fear not, all takeaway boxes, cups etc are completely biodegradable, helping to put the planet and environmental issues first.

Co-founder Pauline Cox and the team always meet customers with a friendly smile whilst happily answering any questions relating to the menu or specific dietary requirements with helpful and knowledgeable answers, this café is such an important staple to the community of Clevedon and beyond.

Next up, why not take a post lunch walk to Clevedon’s beautiful Pier, which celebrated it’s 150th birthday last year.  Clevedon’s ornate Victorian pier is not only beautiful but a testament to the community strength at Clevedon’s heart, it is a joy to visit all year round.  The lovely team of volunteers are always on hand to do all they possibly can to make sure you have the most wonderful visitor experience possible.

I love nothing more than walking to the end of the pier, taking in the sea views whilst also taking a moment to reflect on the views of Clevedon and much of its impressive Victorian architecture.

The Pier provides many innovative and fantastic facilities, my personal favourites have to be the first floor café at the end of the pier which offers panoramic views and features stunning colourful stain glass windows, and, The Porthole Room which provides a very special and unique view of the estuary underneath the pier.

After visiting the Pier, whilst on the way to Hill Road, I would definitely recommend taking a walk past the simply stunning coastal Victorian houses, many of which are now Grade II listed.

When visiting Hill Road, you will find a wonderful array of well established independent restaurants, cafes, shops and charity shops.

One of my favourite Hill Road shops has to be Indulgence Chocolates, the perfect shop to visit when looking for a sweet treat or gift, the staff are always so friendly and helpful, if that isn’t enough of a reason to visit, the well considered vegan friendly options are simply divine, in all honesty, Indulgence Chocolates offers a high quality selection which is far superior to the usually small, uninspiring supermarket selections I have encountered.

 

 

Last but by no means least, a visit to Clevedon’s historic Curzon Cinema is a must for film lovers of all ages!  This incredibly unique and special Grade II listed cinema is another example of the extraordinary community strength in Clevedon.

Visiting this amazing historic, community owned cinema, which dates back to 1912 is always such an experience.  The cinema offers everything modern day patrons have come to expect with many original Art Deco features adding a rare touch of glamour. I love to visit the original projection room and view pictures of the cinema in its hey day when The Oak Room bar was a restaurant with crisp table cloths.

A now restored Christie Organ takes centre stage below the cinema screen as it would have in the days of silent film, lucky visitors are sometimes able to listen to the organ as it is often played prior to the start of their chosen film, which is just wonderful and adds so much to the visit.

There really is so much to see and do in Clevedon, this is a sample of the available activities, independent business, and, of Clevedon’s historic importance.

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