BATH – Shopping British Brands

It’s been called ‘the Liberty’s of the South West’ but it’s actually just the best British brands shop in Bath. Rossiters on Broad Street has everything from dog bowls, to birthday cards, to Floris perfume and – purple windows. Story – HG EDITORS.

If you’re visiting Bath for the first time, you may not know about Rossiters, but it’s a very special Georgian building with four floors (and winding staircases) heaving with travel beauty kits, hard-to-find British brands, notebooks, picnic equipment (try Liberty paper cups if you want to recycle) and jewellery. The fashion is downstairs – chic, sleek and expensive – but the ‘little affordables’ which also fit into your hand luggage as take-home presents are why Rossiters is so special.

The pink-and-purple exterior lets you know you are not in a chain shop. This place has been here since the Sixties and a steady stream of overseas visitors has resulted in a traveller-friendly space. Rossiters of Bath even create their own miniature candles – in fragrances like Sea Kelp – priced at a neat £4.50 and just right for your hotel room.

From Bramley to Cowshed

British brands Bramley and Cowshed are also on the shelves and the miniature sizes are perfect if you can’t afford to stow much in your bag.

Reviewers on Trip Advisor have called it “The Liberty’s of the South West” and apart from the picnic cups, you can also find Liberty print washbags here in the famous Strawberry Thief design. Other reviews?  “Being wished good morning when you walk in to a shop is very old school but absolutely delightful.” And  “I do not think I have ever been into a shop like this before.” A short walk from the city centre at 38-41 Broad Street, Bath, Rossiters also stocks Geo Trumper if you are searching for the best of British for the men you left at home. It’s also the best place in Bath to find  Floris, the only perfumer to have a royal warrant from Her Majesty the Queen, and one it has held since 1820.

There is a tempting children’s department, and a space for pet blankets, toys, designer collars and bowls. 

If you are new to Bath it is very easy to assume that the shopping is all about Debenham’s, Marks & Spencer, Primark and W.H. Smith. But, wander down to Broad Street, past the library and post office, and you’ll find a shop that local women and stylish travellers on a budget have supported for around 50 years. Tip: try the fragrance sachets for your suitcase.


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