CHOCOLATE AND CHEESE
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.