The Apothocoffee Shop
Located in the middle of the village you will find the visitor attraction Jeyes of Earls Barton. Originally a traditional, family-run chemist shop, it has evolved into a fantastic museum showcasing the area’s local history and featuring an award-winning coffee shop called The Apothocoffee Shop. I think the Apothocoffee Shop is my favourite name for a coffee shop and it is a homage to the Jeyes apothecary that started it all!
The coffee shop offers some delicious Northamptonshire treats including afternoon tea, wines from the local vineyard and locally made ice creams. The cake counter is awash with tasty homemade cakes, treats and gateaux.
You can either sit in the main area of the coffee shop or in the lovely light and airy conservatory, which is a brilliant place to relax. If the weather is warm, there is also a walled garden. Unfortunately it was raining on my visit but I made up for it with a delicious hot mocha and a large slice of very indulgent chocolate cake. The cake was generous enough to share but luckily I was by myself so didn’t need to.
I took a book to read but I was too busy looking at all the apothecary memorabilia, which is placed on shelves and windowsills around the coffee shop. I was so entertained that I finished my coffee and cake before I even thought about opening the book.
By Lisa Hayter, south Northants editor