Morpeth simply has great shopping! It has an excellent balance of National chain stores, such as Marks and Spencer and Laura Ashley, independent shops like Rutherford's Department Store, local retailers and excellent markets. We have broken down the Shopping Guide into three, the Sanderson Arcade, Bridge Street and Oldgate and Newgate Street.
You can't help but notice the Sanderson Arcade, it now stands proudly in the centre of Morpeth's main shopping street. There is an entrance from here, Bridge Street, and also from the Bus Station and main parking area at the rear of the centre. The centre has a wide ranging selection of 27 up-market shops, a ladies only fitness gym and beauty rooms. The centre itself is extremely stylish and well thought out, in summer the beautiful flower displays contribute to the Morpeth in Bloom competition and in winter they have stunning Christmas decorations.
The shops at Sanderson Arcade include:
New Look, Advanced Nutrition, The Jewellers Guild, The Body Shop, Clarkes, Ladbrokes, Marks and Spencer, Martin Mccoll, The Wedding Gallery, Paperchase, Lemon, Sky, Central Bean Coffee House, Crewe Clothing Company, Vision Express, Waterstones, Monsoon, Jazz, Oxley's of Morpeth, Fat Face, Mountain Warehouse, JoJo Maman Bebe, East, Laura Ashley, Curiously Wicked and the Corbridge Larder!
That's really quite an impressive line up and they are constantly striving to improve the customer's shopping experience.
Bridge Street is home to some of Morpeth's national chain shops including Boots the Chemist, Clinton Cards, Superdrug, Thomas Cook Travel, White Stuff and Specsavers Optician. However, the more interesting independent shops on Bridge Street are led by Rutherford & Co, a privately owned 'premier lifestyle store' that opened in 1846 and still thrives today. The Rutherford family have travelled across the world to source the best products that you could possibly need. It's a department store akin to House of Fraser or John Lewis, but with a more independent and personable atmosphere. There is a restaurant on the first floor which you may need to pay a visit for a rest as this shop can appear to be endless!
Other independent shops on Bridge Street include:
Joes Pet Supplies - A wide range of pet food and accessories, I visit for their wonderful range of dog toys!
Osbornes the Jewellers - A family run business that specialises in diamond set jewellery.
Smail and Son - An amazing general hardware store cram packed with absolutely everything that you could possibly need!
The Treacle Wool Shop - Packed full of exciting yarns, gorgeous patterns, accessories and much more.
Urban Spa - Stocking a wide range of high quality beauty products from the world's leading manufacturers.
Oldgate and Newgate Street
Here you will find a more independent feel to the shops, all of which are definitely worth visiting depending on your needs. We feel that it is important to shop locally and support these businesses before we lose them from our high streets altogether, so please forgive us if we promote them over the larger chain stores. We have included links where available.
Bin 21 - Morpeth's only off license and wine merchant
Darcy Occasions & Weddings - Boutique wedding clothing from the world's most renowned occasion wear designers.
Craft Studio - Providing gifts to Morpeth's shoppers since 1965 sorts of gifts are available here including pictured and jewellery.
Appleby's Bookshop - One of the best book shops in the North-East, if you can't find what you need here then it can't be found!
FH Hardy Florists - Stocking beautiful British flowers and fair trade plants.
The Sewing Box - Known locally as the 'Aladdin's Cave' for the dressmaker, offering a friendly and knowledgeable service.
Stripes Ladieswear - A great range of French and Italian clothes and accessories for the ladies.
T & G Allan Ltd - A family owned business for over 150 years selling gifts, books, toys and stationery.
Secrets Lingerie - Specialises in providing lingerie, nightwear, swimwear, hosiery and accessories to the discerning lady.
Fleur - A well established ladies fashion shop with more than 39 years of business experience, good reputation locally.
Kathryn S Tryeman Bridal - A chic boutique specialising in avant garde bridal gowns.
Kid and Kaboodle - An innovative store offering 'New and gently used' items for the under tens.
Tallantyre Gallery - A beautiful art gallery, the generations of the Tallantyre family have worked here since 1960.
R Martin High Class Family Butcher - Established over 100 years ago this established butcher has an excellent range of meats.
Newgate News - Newspapers, magazines, confectionery and tobacco, you're good old fashioned newsagent.
Little Bundles - Little Bundles designs and creates handcrafted bespoke fabric bunting for all occasions.
Lavender Blue Flowers & Varley's Fruit Shop - Does what it says on the tin! Flowers for all occasions and delicious fruit.
More than enough shopping and relaxing to pass a few hours, why not have a bite to eat after hitting the shops? See our guide of where to Eat and Drink in Morpeth.
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