Battle has a thriving high street with one-of-a-kind shops housed in many of its historic buildings. Nowadays, all too often our high streets are becoming less individual as chain stores take the lead, that is not the case when it comes to Battle in East Sussex. The pretty market town, steeped in history is home to many traditional stores including Butchers Hook, Ffrench’s Fish and The Greener Grocer and when it comes to searching for unique gifts this Christmas look no further than Battle, it’s a joy to wander the high street. We share just a few of the sellers you can visit along the way.
Craft time was launched by Garf and Vicki in September 2021, the studio inspires both adults and children to get their creative juices flowing and make unique memories and keepsakes to last forever. Choose from a range of crafting skills such as ceramic painting; choose your bisque from a range of pottery items, paint your masterpiece and have it glazed and fired in store, jewellery beading; create a beautiful piece in the studio or purchase beads to get creative at home and découpage; there are plenty of papers and other decorative items to choose from to decorate the item of your choice.
Crafting studio, with snack/coffee bar, gift and supply shop all in store.
25 High Street TN33 0EA • 01424 772588
As a long-established independent shoe shop, at Cobblers of Battle you can choose from a range of beautiful women’s footwear including a collection of leather handbags and accessories to suit every outfit for any occasion. They stock a varied range of quality brands from Italy, Germany and Spain selected by hand for each season.
Whatever the season, whether you’re looking to elevate your style with a pair of gorgeous heels, need sturdy but elegant boots for the winter months, strappy sandals for a holiday or slippers to keep your feet snug Cobblers have you covered, from heel to toe!
You’ll also find all that you need to give your outfit the finishing touch with jewellery, cosy scarves, luxurious leather gloves, purses
and umbrellas. Gift cards are also available.
35 High Street, Battle TN33 0EA. Tel: 01424 773746
White Sales Boutique
A boutique with a seaside theme and ‘nice things’, White Sails offer a range of women’s clothing, including Alice Collins, Mistral and Luella, charming gifts and soft furnishings for every interior. And it is at this time of year that the shop is filled with a wonderful selection of Christmas gnomes! They bring joy to both adults and children alike, a perfect gift or treat for yourself.
For inspiration, rustic decorations adorn the fireplace and beams within the shop and you can just imagine how the beautiful range of candles will fill the air with fragrance and light up any room. The range of stars and hearts, available in white, grey and natural wood, add a touch of class to any home for Christmas or any time of year.
51 High Street TN33 0EN • 01424 777333
If you’re looking for that perfect bottle of wine to serve with dinner, Sarah’s Cellar has a large selection of wines from every corner of the globe, including organic, biodynamic, natural and low sulphite wines. Choosing wine as a gift can be a little daunting but Sarah will guide you to wine which will please even the fussiest of drinkers whilst catering for all budgets. Wines from Sussex have a glowing reputation and the finest from the region can be found on Sarah’s shelves along with the best locally produced spirits.
28 High Street TN33 0EA • 01424 902247
Tudor House & Just Cuts
As we’re approaching the party season it’s time to tame your mane, let your hair down and show off your locks. At Tudor House & Just Cuts, Tania, her daughter and team cover all aspects of hairdressing and specialise in colour and balayage. They provide a combination of unique services and using a wide range of high quality products such as Olaplex, Redken, Wella and Matrix you can expect to walk out of the salon with a fresh new style, and feeling great. Whether it’s a wash, cut and blow dry or tinting and hi-lights for a brand new look there is a beauty treatment just for you. Gift vouchers are also available.
29 Abbey Court, TN33 0TZ • 01424 772653
DickieBird Homestore is a small, independent shop selling an eclectic mix of colourful, quirky things as well as unusual vintage finds. The emphasis is on quality products, handcrafted using natural and recycled materials. You’re guaranteed a warm atmosphere and inclusive vibe at the store that loves bright colours and print, texture and light. Their bestsellers include bamboo socks, recycled cashmere wristwarmers, bright candles, puzzles and handcrafted baskets. They also serve locally-roasted coffee, tea and homemade traybakes – so you can enjoy a drink while you snoop! As well as plenty of gifts to buy, they also have a range of eco refills where you can top-up your household cleaning products, detergents and hair and body care items.
31 Mount Street TN33 0EG • 07734 922235
Pay a visit to Monarch Spices and you’ll certainly want to dash home, get your cooking pans out and create a feast packed with flavour. In store, you’ll find some of the rarest aromatics, peppers, herbs and seasonings, to kick-start your cooking and liven up your mealtimes, including Norwegian fjord salt and one of the rarest peppers in the world Siltimur (grapefruit) pepper harvested from a remote region of the Himalayas. If you’re after some hot stuff, then the 30+ range of chillies including the rare Angels Hair chilli and Tear Jerker flakes should pack a punch. Amongst the range of blends, glazes and rubs they also have the spices to create a warming mulled wine!
10 Old Ladies Court, TN33 0EN
Tel: 01424 532520