CHOCO­LATE AND CHEESE

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Like Bour­ton, Stow has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for shops. Heidi Coles and Tony Lane (pictured right) founded the Cotswold Choco­late Com­pany in Dig­beth Street in 2011. They make all their choco­lates on site and sell ap­prox­i­mately 500 bars a day. “You re­ally feel like part of a com­mu­nity here,” says Heidi. “The traders sup­port each other. The vis­it­ing crowds are great, but we also have a lovely re­la­tion­ship with our lo­cal cus­tomers.” Their cream comes from Holm­leigh Dairy in nearby Don­ning­ton and the fill­ings in their liqueur choco­lates from Gib­son’s Or­ganic Liqueurs in West­well. “Our Cotswold gin choco­late is a big seller,” says Heidi. A few doors down, it is the same story at the Cotswold Cheese Com­pany, which also has a branch in More­ton-in-Marsh. Orig­i­nally a change-of-life en­ter­prise for Jon and Lisa Good­child in 2010, the Stow shop has de­vel­oped into a ma­jor at­trac­tion. Pop­u­lar va­ri­eties are the lo­cal cheeses, such as St Ead­burgha, a white rind type, some­where be­tween Brie and Camem­bert. This comes from Gorse­hill Abbey Farm.

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