Eden is the new shopping centre in High Wycombe. It includes a brand new House of Fraser department store, Marks and Spencer, Jane Norman, Zara, River Island, Topman, H&M, Monsoon, La Senza, Principles, New Look, LK Bennett, Office and Gap, among many others.
It may not be that impressive if you are used to Birmingham's Bull Ring, or Manchester's Arndale Centre, but it's a great improvement on the facilities we used to have in Wycombe.
Monday-Friday 9.30 am to 8.00 pm
Saturday 9.30 am to 7.00 pm
Sunday 11.00 am to 5.00 pm
An independent delicatessen store with a cheerful owner with a good range of a select items of excellant quailty foods.
What to buy: Lunchtime rolls and sandwiches, local English Cheeses, coffee beans (Les will grind the beans for you if you want), olive oils, and loose tea.
What to pay: Expect to pay a little more for the above average quality foods.
High Wycombe has had a tradition of furniture making and inparticular chairs for several centuries. The local museum has, I believe, many fine examples - if you area chair fetishist. And who of us can claim not to have looked longingly at a well-turned splayed foot on the odd occasion ?
Just outside of the centre of town lies the impressive showrooms and factory of Frank Hudson and sons. We bought a couple of bedside cabinets from them, and we were quite impressed with the quality and value they offered.
They make beds, cabinets, tables, chairs and the like in both modern and traditional styles.
What to buy: It is worth looking at their website or at the showroom for stuff they are currently trying for shift. We for example picked upa stunning modern coffee table for less thana quarter of it's retail price in John Lewis.