We are very fortunate to have the bustling, historic market town of Wetherby and, just three miles to the south of this, the beautiful village of Boston Spa with its thriving high street, right on our doorsteps. Enjoy an artisan coffee while you amble along the River Wharf, and then perhaps a spot of lunch before indulging in some shopping, or maybe treating yourself to some much needed self-care. Alternatively, a visit to Wetherby Races or a game of golf is never a bad idea. There is so much to explore and do.
Did you know that King Henry III granted the right for a market to be held in Wetherby in 1240? Only on Thursdays mind you! It may have changed a little since then but if you wander down to the market square on a Thursday you’ll still find the market. Did you know that Boston Spa was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and then developed in 1744 by John Shires? It’s renowned for its Georgian architecture and its oldest building is The Royal Hotel, built in 1753. Let’s take a look at some independent business that help make Wetherby and Boston Spa the gems they are today...
Brooke Babes was founded in 1996 in the village of Bramham. Due to their reputation for delivering a quality service, they have expanded to Boston Spa and the surrounding schools, providing care for children under 12 years of age. They aim to provide the very best of care, giving children a head start in life and taking the worry out of childcare. The underpinning message of Brooke Babes is that everybody counts and they pride themselves on going the extra mile to help, whether this be a customer, a child or a staff member.
148B High Street, Boston Spa LS23 6BW & 6 New Road, Bramham LS23 6QS
Tel. 01937 849474
Reading Roots Bookshop opened in Wetherby in December 2020, and has settled into the daily routines for many people of Wetherby. In addition to allowing (well-behaved) dogs in the shop, this indie bookshop is on hand to help you track down books for children or grandchildren that suit their abilities or interests. They also offer a monthly book club (where they get the author to join in too!), book signings for authors, and various other events - keep an eye out for their World Book Day hunt this year. This independent bookshop has a wide selection of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, and bookish gifts. They can take orders for pretty much any book in print, and will try get it for you by the next day. The team are always on hand to offer recommendations or track down a tricky book. If you are visiting Wetherby, this indie bookshop is a must-visit!
Reading Roots, 29 Market Place, Wetherby LS22 6LQ
Tel. 01937 918140
The Crown comprises a traditional pub, with cosy nooks and real log fires, as well as a relaxed dining area, and modern glasshouse restaurant, overlooking the courtyard garden.
Enjoy a range of cask ales, fine wines or your favourite cocktail from the bar, while perusing the food menu which is a seasonal affair, incorporating produce from local and regional Yorkshire suppliers. Expect the likes of beer-battered haddock and chips, imaginative salads and freshly handmade pizzas, along with a traditional Sunday Roast served with proper gravy and all the trimmings, of course. The Crown is open Sunday to Friday from 11am and Saturday from 10am with walk-ins welcome. Advanced bookings available for the restaurant at:
The Crown Hotel, 128 High Street, Boston Spa LS23 6BW
Tel. 01937 229900
Green Oval Garage
Green Oval garage is an independent specialist in Jaguar Land Rover with over 60 years combined experience. They offer a level of service that exceeds the franchise dealers whilst keeping prices considerably lower. With branches in Leeds, near Ikea and Wetherby, Thorp Arch they offer a variety of services from MOTs and vehicle servicing to diagnostic and technical repairs. Using the latest JLR licensed diagnostic software and genuine parts, all vehicles can be serviced without affecting the manufacturer’s warranty. They have been verified by JLR to complete your online service history. They can deal with all aftermarket warranty companies on your behalf and can carry out all JLR approved warranty work instead of you having to visit your franchised Jaguar Land Rover dealer. Whatever model you drive, whether it’s a Land Rover, Range Rover or Jaguar, if you need specialist off road services, or just do the school run in the mornings, they can help.
Green Oval Garage, Unit 310, Thorp Arch Estate, Wetherby LS23 7FR.
Tel. 01937 270039
The Engine Shed
Once a hidden gem in the heart of Wetherby, The Engine Shed has established itself as one of the town’s leading wedding and entertainment venues. Ten years on from breathing new life into what must surely be one of Wetherby’s most quirky of venues, it is easy to see why so many couples have taken the plunge at The Engine Shed. It truly is a unique wedding venue, with a mezzanine balcony, exposed wooden beams and period decor all which make for a wonderful place to take your vows. The Engine Shed’s next wedding event will be a street food taster evening on Thursday 24th March (£10pp) and there is also a Wedding Open Evening on Thursday 21st April to look forward to. To view the award-winning venue or for more information please contact Lee, the Wedding Manager by email at email@example.com.
York Road, Wetherby LS22 7SU
Stafford Hall specialises in the sourcing and sale of investment and fine watches.
If you are unsure of the vintage or modern watch you desire, they will endeavour to help you find your ideal quality timepiece ranging from Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Breitling, Tag Heuer to vintage watches. Their new showroom is packed full of antique and vintage items, ranging from Whitefriars Glass, Mdina Glass, Murano, Silver items, paintings, books and bindings, military badges, objects of desire and lots of perfect gifts. As well as internationally sourcing used watches, their services extend to after sales care. They can assure you that your watch is in safe hands, providing the highest quality work with upmost care. They service most fine watches and specialise in everything from basic repairs to full services. Refinishing of quality watches, batteries and leather straps are also catered for.
6 Cross Street, Wetherby LS22 6RD
Tel. 01937 587666.
Touchwood is quite literally a treasure-trove of everything you need and lots of things you never knew you did need before walking in there. Need some paint mixing, keys cutting, tools, electrical hardware or plumbing materials, they have you covered. As we come into Spring, and need to replace garden tools, need feeds and fertilisers, seeds, hoses, bird feeders or pots and pretty lights for the garden, look no further. than Touchwood Then there are the home accessories and giftware. You’ll find candles, clocks, mirrors and cookware. This really is a magical, one-stop shop. Without doubt the Aladdin’s Cave of Wetherby. The friendly, helpful service you receive here is second to none. Their experienced and helpful staff means Touchwood can help you do whatever DIY or garden project you have in mind.
20a High Street, Wetherby LS22 6LT
Tel. 01937 585726.
Wetherby Holistic Health
Wetherby Holistic Health is a tranquil treatment clinic nestled in the heart of Wetherby town centre. They provide expert health and wellbeing advice with therapies such as Reflexology, Acupuncture, Reiki, Life Coaching and Naturopathy. As well as many acute and chronic health conditions, their experienced practitioners provide care for pain management, mental health and general wellbeing. Fertility and Maternal Wellbeing is their specialist interest and the services they provide support couples throughout their fertility journey; including preconception, pregnancy and postpartum support, maternal wellbeing, baby massage and paediatric acupuncture.
Passionate about treating everyone individually, they tailor each treatment plan to suit your specific requirements. In this busy and stressful world, it’s easy to focus on the problems around us yet forget to take care of ourselves. Wetherby Holistic Health is an enjoyable and convenient way to make this possible.
2nd Floor, 32 Market Place, Wetherby LS22 6NE
Spa Travel was 41 years old in the middle of covid. Covid has tested the strength and diversity of both Paul and future of the company. Their strength has come from their fantastic loyal customer base which has supported them through these troubled times, and they have fought for each and every one of their clients’ monies and refunds. Their ethos now is protection, and that is why they will only sell ATOL protected holidays through reputable companies that they trust, always trying to give their clients the best value for money. Obviously, there are a lot more things a client needs to know and be aware of these days. All of which are taken care of when you book your Holiday with Spa Travel. Don’t be fooled into thinking ‘it’s always cheaper online’. A computer only tells you so much and doesn’t offer the help and reassurance of speaking to a real person. With 41 years of experience, they can offer you something a computer cannot. For added peace of mind when booking your next holiday.
185 High Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 6AA
Tel 01937 845678
The revolution in women’s health is available at the award winning Wetherby ladies fitness centre. Gymophobics helps ladies of all ages and fitness levels from teens to sixty plus. They are not a conventional gym as you are supported every step of your journey by their highly trained and caring Instructors, who will treat you like a VIP on every visit. A personal health and fitness prescription is designed just for you to give you more energy, better health and a figure to be proud of. Since 2003 Gymophobics has helped more than 250,000 women throughout the UK to be the best they can be. Now it is your turn! You can get started with a FREE guest visit! They will show you the gym, explain how everything works and answer any questions you may have.
11 Bank Street, Wetherby, LS22 6NQ
Tel. 01937 585193
Wetherby Golf Club
Wetherby Golf Club is an 18-hole parkland course set in idyllic Yorkshire countryside. The Club is close to the market town of Wetherby and borders the picturesque village of Linton. Renowned for its verdant fairways, the course offers great entertainment and a challenging but fair test of golf. Added interest is provided by the old Leeds to Wetherby railway line, the embankments run through the heart of the course and the River Wharfe which serenely borders many holes. The course is located on the former site of Wetherby racecourse and was re-designed in 1919 by the legendary architect, Alister MacKenzie. Looking back and bearing in mind the course is now reputed to be one of the best in the area, the fee of ten guineas was money well spent. Measuring 6,663 yards in length, from the White Tees, with a par of 73, the course is a great test and suitable for golfers of all age and experience. Golfing facilities include: practice ground, driving range, short game area and putting green.
Linton Lane, Linton, Wetherby LS22 4JF
Tel. 01937 580089
Doodlebug is a family owned, independent shop, selling children’s clothing, toys and accessories in Church Street, Wetherby. Specialising in clothing for ages 0-8 years, but they can order older sizes on selected brands. They stock fabulous organic clothing and ethically made toys, which are available in store and on-line at www.doodlebugkids.co.uk. They have ranges from local artisan makers, from baby hats, mittens and bibs to funky leggings, sweatshirts and dresses. Doodlebug pride themselves on providing a quality personalised service. They have a beautiful new range of giftboxes available. They work with the customer to choose the perfect selection of clothing, toys and accessories. These are ideal for a new mother and baby, child’s birthday or any other occasion.
1b Church Street, Wetherby LS22 6LP
Tel. 01937 918188