A day out Antique Hunting in Leek Staffordshire

Every Saturday in Leek market square you can find an assortment of antique traders and dealers selling bric a brac and french brocante, salvage, old vinyl records and books. Its a great little market, small in size but big in the substance of its wares.

Last Saturday we woke to a misty start but blue skies followed as we sped along the roads, travelling towards Leek and a day of antique hunting. As well as the market, Leek is known for it’s plethora of antique shops.


My favourite antique shop is Odeon Antiques, it’s pricy but they have the best of the best and if you’re looking for a bargain, there’s plenty of other bric a brac and house clearance shops where you can unearth a treasure trove of collectables. Odeon antiques, specialise in industrial salvage style and if this is your style you will be spoilt for choice by the metal filing cabinets, plan chests, factory lights and engineers seating in stock. They have a variety of dealers under one space though, so there is also plenty of french antiques, mid century and garden salvage in the basement. Everything is such good quality and each and every piece is covetable.

Strangely I didn’t actually take any photos whilst I was in there, but I think I’m always so fascinated by the stock that I’m otherwise occupied. The image above is from their website and by no means captures the amazing space and objects inside.

What we noticed on Saturday, was that the town seemed to be improving even more and there was a definite sense of Leek being on the up. There were lots of new cafes and eateries and gift and interior shops and a real buzz about the town.

One of the loveliest shops we called in and bought quite a lot of lovely little pieces from was Era. It’s a beautiful double fronted shop front with the original tiled floor and sells mainly reclaimed pieces of oak and wood furniture, some of which have been up cycled with chalk paint. There’s also a lovely collection of small items, which I like to call props, being a stylist I always see things in this way. Some of the items I bought were decorative Victorian shelf brackets, an old soap stone apothecary pestle and mortar and an old bakers wire tray that would have been used for transporting bread and baked good around which I intend to use as a notice board on the kitchen wall, for slotting business cards and flyers into.

Another amazing shop which is just full of the most gorgeous hardware and lighting and beautiful rugs is Period Features. This shop is packed with everything you could ever want for finishing your home. From period light switches, to door handles and bespoke light shades. I could literally spend hours in there and had to be practically dragged out by Mr B with a promise to return with a check list of things we need to buy. If you like traditional country house style with a mix of modern rustic textures, this is the shop for you!

We ate lunch at The Penguin cafe, a quirky mix of vegan and gluten free food with a selection of Japanese house specialities all home made on the premises. We opted for simple fare of gluten free galette with a tuna and cheese melt filling and Mr B had Staffordshire oat cakes with fried eggs on. I know I know, you can take the boy out of Manchester but you can’t take Manchester out of the boy, its a firm favourite of his? There were many more exotic offerings and a lovely selection of salads that you can also take away in recycled cardboard boxes if you prefer a picnic style lunch?

We also called into eclectic cafe Spout to buy some craft beers to take out and after chatting to the owner found out they are licensed and open until 9.00pm in the evening. It was an amazing place, a three storey Georgian building, complete with original features such as tiled floors, wide Georgian floorboards and glass fan lights over the internal doors. There were lots of little nooks and crannies and different areas to dine or drink and a lovely little courtyard garden for alfresco dining. A definite spot for a bite to eat next time we’re in town.

What I really like about Leek as well as the antique shops and lovely independants is the stunning architecture all around the town. It’s predominantly Georgian in style which is my favourite era of architecture but there’s also buildings that date much further back and the names of the streets are evocative of their trading history. It’s a very aesthetically interesting town with layers of history still evident. I mean this has got to be one of the most decorative doors I’ve ever seen?

& there’s original floor tiles in almost every building

This blog post is by no means all there is to see in Leek it’s just a little round up of what we found on Saturday. It’s a great town with some beautiful architecture and well worth a trip for a day out. If you go or have been, I’d love to know what you thought?




    • karen
      5 September, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      I’m pleased you enjoyed the post Jackie. It is indeed a lovely town.

  1. 7 September, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    And there’s a Blues and Americana Festival 27/09. – 1/10 when the monthly Sunday supplement artisan market is on too with around 80 stalls.

    Local, national and international acts. 20 venues, 60plus acts. 5 days


    • karen
      10 October, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Thanks for this info Dave, one to watch out for next year for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  2. Sue
    8 September, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    So lovely to hear our beautiful town is enjoyed by visitors. We feel so lucky to be born and bred here x

    • karen
      26 September, 2017 / 4:03 pm

      Leek is indeed a beautiful town and I always enjoy my days out there. You are very lucky to live there. Thanks for reading my blog, glad you enjoyed it x

  3. 25 September, 2017 / 6:10 am

    Amazing and brilliant post!!loving ur ideas.I like the wallpapers and tiles of urs.Thanks for such inspirational post

    • karen
      26 September, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Thank you so much Diane, that’s so kind of you & I’m really glad that you enjoyed the blog and found some ideas from it x

  4. 25 September, 2017 / 6:55 am

    Brilliant and beautiful read.looking good and great.Thanks for this wonderful post.

    • karen
      26 September, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Thank you Chloe, I’m so glad you enjoyed it and found some inspiration from it. It is a fantastic day out x

  5. 25 September, 2017 / 7:31 am

    Beautiful ideas!!great looking,Thanks for sharing.

    • karen
      26 September, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      You’re more than welcome Mitchell, I hope you get to visit one day? It’s such a great hunting ground for vintage treasures x

  6. 12 October, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    What a lovely post, Karen! I’ve not been to Leek for ages, but you’ve made me plan a return trip. I’ve bought some great pieces of furniture from there over the years. A fantastic linen cupboard for starters. I think I have reached a stage in life where I now have a house that’s full of furniture bought for previous homes and in an ideal world I’d like to swap some of it. Though selling furniture on is never as easy as buying replacement pieces!! Hey ho!

    • karen
      15 October, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Hi Claire,
      I’m glad this gave you a prompt to revisit Leek. It’s such a great place for antiques but I agree with you on selling things on with furniture that you want to swap, it’s not easy any more, which is a shame as some things are too nice to tip or send to the charity shop?

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