Shopping in Leek
Leek’s unspoilt town centre is a refreshing change from modern shopping malls and has some unique speciality antique shops and you’ll also be able to explore huge Victorian mills, formerly silk mills but now housing antique and reproduction pine centres, as well as traditional and contemporary art galleries. The town has numerous independent food shops including traditional butchers, bakers and green grocers, delicatessen, oatcakes, wine, whisky and beers. Leek will satisfy even the most demanding shopper. Wander the web of cobbled shopping streets to browse the amazing array of independent boutiques, vintage stores and popular high street names.
Enjoy the bustle and atmosphere of Leek’s traditional markets – there’s a general weekly outdoor market each Wednesday for bargains, as well as an indoor market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the restored Victorian Butter Market. You can also browse the antique and collectors’ market held outdoors each Saturday and an award-winning monthly fine food market, which is held every third Saturday of the month in Leek’s ancient Market Place.
Leek’s long history features such famous characters as Bonnie Prince Charlie, canal engineer James Brindley, Queen Victoria and Victorian designer William Morris and with its ancient markets, Victorian mills, historic churches, distinctive shops and award-winning eateries, there’s much for the visitor to see and do.