Portland Hotel

+44 (0)1298 71493

French Connection - Shopping and Reading in Buxton

Portland Hotel
January 29, 2018


We are two business students from La Rochelle Business School in France. Over the next six weeks we will be working and staying at the Portland Hotel in Buxton.

The Portland Hotel has a comfortable, cosy lounge, a great place to relax after breakfast or after a long day’s walking in the Peak District. A feature of the lounge is its Trompe-l’oeil or ‘trick of the eye’ ‘library’ wallpaper. Many visitors are convinced at first sight that it is an authentic wall of books.

As we are  keen on shopping and reading we decided to find what the town had to offer as a retail experience and in particular a good book shop.   

Buxton is a small town, typical of the Peak district. Across the country there are now many towns and cities where their high streets are made up of all the same type of stores. The large corporate brands. Buxton is different. It has individual shops that offer personal service and character.

The first one we came across was Potters. Located on Terrace Road in the centre of the town this is a store that sells ladies wear, menswear and curtains. A traditional English shop that is worth a visit.

PHOTO OF POTTERS BUXTON https://www.pottersofbuxton.co.uk/

The second store is based on Spring Gardens. This is Hargreaves and Sons. It sells Fine China, crystal and glass.

The shop is now run by the fourth generation of the Hargreaves family. It has expanded over the years, diversifying yet remaining true to Mrs Hargreaves original business plan to offer quality, value and variety.

Hargreaves and Sons Buxton


And finally we came across Scriveners Bookshop close to Market Place in the centre of Buxton.

A fascinating shop.

Formerly it was a toy store but in 1997 Mr Scrivener bought it and transformed it into an authentic bookstore.

There are 6 floors of books!! These include – antiquarian, children’s books, Victorian novels, biographies, poetry, theatre sheet music, travel books, maps, medicines, sociology, religion, military, history, architecture, sport. There’s also a little Victorian ‘museum’ and a self service tea and coffee area.

This is no ‘trick of the eye’.

Books are donated by customers who are keen to see this amazing bookstore continue.

Scriveners Book Shop Buxton


Returning to the Portland Hotel it was pleasant to relax in the hotel lounge and look over the books we had purchased.

Lounge Portland Hotel

If you wish to comment or discuss please see our Facebook page.

  • 1 week ago

    Portland Hotel in Buxton

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Just across the road from The Portland HotelToday is the start of the annual Great #PeakDistrictFair & #Buxton Beer Festival offering everything from delicious food and drink, to children's rides, local traders and lots of entertainment! Opens at 10am - 6pm ...

    View on Facebook

    1 month ago

    Portland Hotel in Buxton

    Visiting Buxton? Here’s a list of all the live music this Weekend. Looking for somewhere to stay, book direct for best rates and availability
    portlandhotelbuxton.comVisit Buxton live music listing for #Buxton for this week.

    Full listing available at www.visitbuxton.co.uk/live-music-sept-2019/

    #livemusic #music #gigs

    View on Facebook

    2 months ago

    Portland Hotel in Buxton

    Why not make a night of it and stay over at the Portland Hotel February 14th 2020 ❤️🥂🎶🎵Tina Turner fans get ready to party as the smash hit touring show What's Love Got To Do With It? is heading out on the second year of its massive UK tour! 💗

    Tickets on sale 10am Friday 👉🏻 bit.ly/2CpRQ0d

    View on Facebook
  • Proudly designed by Global HDS, providing visual website design, marketing & software solutions.
    linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram