Sidmouth Christmas shopping – our survival guide

With just two weeks left to buy those festive gifts, we thought we’d give you our survival guide to Christmas shopping in Sidmouth. Not that there is really any comparison between shopping in Sidmouth’s unique little shops and dashing between the city high street chains.

1. Make a list (check it twice)

Plan your shopping route through the town (remember to bring your Bags for Life). From books to jewellery, clothes to children’s toys, Sidmouth has an abundance of shops where you will find something special.

2. Take a break

Make sure you include breaks; for lunch, brunch or just a coffee and a cake. A pebble’s throw from the sea, Blinis is the ideal place to relax and recuperate before heading back to the shops. Check out Blinis Christmas Specials menu, which includes mouthwatering seasonal dishes such as: Turkey leg & pistachio terrine with a cranberry relish & toasted brioche and Rosemary & caper crusted rump of lamb (served pink), braised little gem lettuce with peas, fondant potato, watercress pesto & lamb jus. We can’t miss out the scrumptious puddings; Chocolate & irish cream mousse, glazed black cherries & meringue crumb.

3. Treat yourself

With lists to make, presents to buy, menus to plan and decorations to hang, why not treat yourself. You can have a facial, massage or hydra-spa session at Aspara? Just a few steps from Blinis, in York Street, Aspara is a haven of peace and relaxation. Take advantage of its latest offer for December. Thirty minute Indian Head Massage & 90 minute Hydra-spa for just £40. The perfect remedy to tired muscles and aching feet.

4. Be entertained

After perusing the lovely little shops in Church Street, pop into Sidmouth Parish Church on Sunday 22 December to listen to the carol service. Or join in ‘Carols in the Market Place’ at 4pm on Thursday 19 December, whilst taking in ‘Field’s’ splendid Christmas lights.

5. If you are staying with us, head back to the hotel and relax in one of our three lovely lounges with a hot chocolate!