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Cotswold Life

A bustling market town

Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, Chipping Norton is the perfect blend of history, culture, and contemporary living. If you’re looking for a charming market town to call home, there are several compelling reasons why Chipping Norton is a great choice. From the town’s rich history to its delightful places to eat and drink, thriving independent shops, and vibrant events – Chipping Norton is a unique and desirable community that welcomes new residents.

History of Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton boasts a fascinating history that dates back to the medieval period. Its name, derived from the Old English word for market ‘ceping’, reflects the town’s historical significance as a bustling market hub. The town’s ancient architecture, including the stunning St. Mary’s Church, transports residents back in time, providing a connection to Chipping Norton’s storied past. Residents in Chipping Norton enjoy being surrounded by its historical past in the market square and the nearby Rollright Stones.

Places to Eat and Drink

For food enthusiasts, Chipping Norton offers a diverse and delectable culinary scene.

The Chequers pub, Chipping Norton


The Chequers a historic coaching inn, serving up a mix of traditional British and modern European dishes in a charming setting, and with a fabulous children’s menu too. 

Hook Norton Brewery and Malthouse Kitchen are worth a visit for the fabulous brewery tour, a browse in the brewery museum and shop, before enjoying breakfast or lunch in the Malthouse Kitchen.

Membership of Soho Farmhouse is a must visit for a choice of places to eat and drink. The central hub at The Main Barn serves food throughout the day, the mezzanine at Comfy Farm is the place for informal lunch or dinner and not forgetting Pen Yen serving Japanese izakaya-style dishes. Super relaxed is Blakes Kitchen Bakery where you can pick up baked goods and The Little Bell, loved by locals, serves nose-to-tail cooking and natural wine.

Local Shops

Chipping Norton takes pride in its independent shops, adding character and uniqueness to the town’s vibrant streets. The High Street is dotted with charming boutiques, antique stores, and specialty shops.

Jaffe & Neale bookshop and Station Mill Antiques


Jaffe and Neale Bookshop and Café offer a delightful combination of literary exploration and delicious refreshments. 

Made famous by owner Jeremy Clarkson, Diddly Squat Farmshop is open March through to December and a great place to purchase local produce and the odd little gift.

Station Mill Antiques Centre is home to over 80 thoughtfully curated antiques dealers and arranged over two floors. A fantastic place to find pre-loved homewares and antiques.

The Yellow Hat Tribe art gallery is a wonderful place to purchase work from artist Irene Tyack. The shop is also a studio so quite often you will see Irene at work creating new pieces. 

Things to do in and near Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton hosts a variety of events and activities that bring the community together. The Chipping Norton Literary Festival, held annually, attracts renowned authors and literature enthusiasts from near and far. The town’s lively farmers’ market is a hub of activity, showcasing local produce, handmade crafts, and fostering a sense of community spirit.

Chippy Lido: With the ever increasing popularity of cold water swimming the local outdoor swimming pool, Chippy Lido, is a perfect place for a cool dip whatever the weather.

Berry Bank park and amphitheatre: A favourite with the team here at The Cotswold Letting Agency, the beautiful woodlands are worth a wander all year round. Come the warmer months it is the fantastic amphitheatre that draws the crowds with their fabulous shows in May through to September.

Make the short drive over to nearby Daylesford and spend a day at Daylesford Farm where you can enjoy a bite to eat in their Michelin Green Star dining room, The Trough Cafe, share a seasonal plate or wood fired pizza in their Old Spot restaurant of relax with a coffee or cocktail in The Legbar. Their farm shop is a great place to stock your cupboards full of organic delicacies and their home shop is the place for fabulous gifts – or a treat for yourself. And if you are feeling inspired by the local produce growing on the farm then why not book a cookery course at the on-site cookery school?

Considering a move to Chipping Norton?

Chipping Norton is a town rich in history, packed with wonderful places to visit, fabulous independent shops, and wonderful places to eat out, all of which help maintain its strong sense of community. 

The team at The Cotswold Letting Agency all live and work in the Cotswolds, possessing an extensive knowledge of Chipping Norton and its neighbouring areas, which they are more than willing to share.

Property & Houses to Let in Chipping Norton

If you’re considering a move to the Cotswolds and are exploring property rentals in Chipping Norton, we are ready to assist you. Whether you need advice on commuter distances, insights into local schools, or recommendations for places to eat and drink, our team is passionate about providing support to tenants in their quest to find the perfect rental home in the Cotswolds.

We proudly offer a diverse range of Cotswold homes and cottages for rent, suitable for both short and long-term leases. Our dedicated team is eager to discuss and cater to your specific requirements. 

Get in touch on 01993 684572 or drop us an email at hello@cotswoldlettingagency.com to begin your move to the Cotswolds!

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