Whilst Lymington has its share of National chains and major banks the majoroty of the shops and services are small, local, independents. The main shopping streets are the continuous line running through the town centre composed of St Thomas St, High St, Quay Hill and Quay Road. At the upper end of St Thomas's you'll find oddities such as the second-hand furniture and bric-a-brac seller Jubbly's with its constantly changing stock. On the High Street one of the town's institutions Elliotts has been selling quality clothing, ladies and mens, on its three floors since 1872, during which period it has been run by five consecutive generations of the family.
Down by the quay virtually all the shops are independents. These range ffrom Dials with its antique clocks, Hide & Seek which specialises in Irish clothing, art galleries such as Stephen Lees, a painter of local seascapes, plus useful shops aimed at providing supplies and hardware for visiting boaties. And of course a smattering of gift and souvenir places such as Clay Clay and its handmade ceramics, cushions and prints.
If you are visiting Lymington as a tourist, you should definitely go to the quay, which is the cobbled pedestrian steet right at the bottom of the high street. You can find a couple of discount clothes shops, Fat Face, yachty shops and your usual bucket and spade places. The Quayhole is a particularly sweet little shop for souvenirs.
What to buy: You'll find a lot of nice boaty bits and cheap-ish sailing clothes .
If you are looking to buy food and other general bits in Lymington, you can find Tescos halfway up the high street, or the new big Waitrose at the top of town.
The old site of Waitrose has caused lots of contension - Argos were thinking of moving in but someone wrote to the paper saying that this calibre of shop should not be allowed in Lymington and was for the type of people who live in local Pennington. All hilarious. She and others will be pleased to know that Marks and Spencers are probably moving in there.
There is also a Woolies and a WHSmiths... in fact more and more chains are moving in. Shame that Lymington is becoming a copy of every other high street in the country.
What to buy: Most of the local fish comes from Mudeford, about 10 miles west of Lymington. If you want a different experience from the local fishmongers, go there are buy fish directly on Mudeford quay.
Elliotts is a family-owned shop which has been around for over 130 years. The shop sells a range of menswear and women's wear, with a wide range of brands, some of which are notoriously hard to track down elsewhere. There is a wide range of menswear - from casual to formal clothing, and a similar range for women. There is also a restaurant on the first floor, and the shop frequently wins awards.
What to pay: Normal prices - although designer prices