News from Hungerford’s Independent Shops & Businesses – September 2023

Hungerford is famous for its independent shops and businesses which make the High Street worth a visit.

Hungerford Coin & Stamp Centre

Followers of precious metal prices will be aware of the current “Silver Squeeze” that is ocurring. Silver prices have jumped nearly 8% in the past two weeks alone with many forecasters suggesting much higher prices short term.
In 1979/1980 the Hunt Brothers cornered the silver market sending prices from $4.60 an ounce to $52 an ounce in a matter of weeks. At that time there was a worldwide surplus of silver amounting to over 200 million ounces.
This time around, 43 years later, there is a worldwide deficit of silver amounting to over 200 million ounces. Warehouse stocks have been exhausted with the bulk of the physical silver destined to China for solar production. Watch the price closely – it looks very interesting. We now have a live “ticker tape” of precious metal prices on our website
Here at the Hungerford Coin and Stamp Centre we hold current stocks of 2023 Charles III Silver 1 Ounce Britannias. The current price of these to Penny Post readers is £30 each.
If the “Silver Squeeze” takes off, these could be a worthwhile ‘put away’ and a handy speculative play. 
Open: Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm.

35a High Street, Hungerford RG17 0NF
01488 684008
facebook/Hungerford Coin & Stamp Centre

Berkshire Trout

At Berkshire Trout we offer a delicious range of cold and hot smoked trout, fresh trout fillets, trout gravaldax and of course our now famous Hot Smoked Trout Pâté!
Our trout are grown on the clear flowing waters of the River Dun whose chalk spring source is only seven miles away.
The trout are given as much space as they need to develop and grow as they would do in the wild which provides an enhanced and delightful flavour.
Shop online and we deliver within 40 miles of Hungerford every Friday. We also go to lots of local markets – follow our facebook page for details.

Berkshire Trout
07881 823083


September brings Back to School for some and off to University for others.  We have a selection of cards and gifts for you to give to mark these important life occasions.
It also brings the start of Christmas shopping for many and we have a selection of Christmas cards and Advent Calendars out in the shop. They are already selling well and more will be delivered to us during the month.
Come and see what we have to offer.

122 High St, Hungerford RG17 0DL

Town & Manor and Hungerford Town Hall

We are delighted that the HAHA Summer Produce and Handicraft Show on Bank Holiday Saturday went so well. The Corn Exchange looked wonderful with over 30 tables displaying over 400 entries ranging from the heaviest marrow and Victoria sponge cakes to knitted vegetables and prize-winning carrots. Our Constable, Julie Lloyd, presented the cups with Christian Alba, from Christian Alba’s traditional Butchers; both very proud sponsors of this event which was held in the Town Hall Complex for the first time. Its already booked for next year: Saturday 24 August 2024!

Steady progress is being made with our Kennet Valley Wetland Reserve, with various surveys being undertaken and more groups being shown around the site, in fact the Hungerford Cubs are coming back for a second visit this term! Last week the project team, along with our water keeper, Rob Starr, met on site with the planning consultants, wetland consultant and eco-friendly building company. The team walked the site, looked at mown paths as potential board walk routes and discussed the project as a whole. If you would like more information or to have a tour of the wetland site, please contact us at

Venue and rooms to hire
Our beautiful character rooms for hire include the Magistrates Room, the Town Hall for larger gatherings or the Corn Exchange for up to 240 people.
Hungerford residents get a 25% discount on hire rates.
Please contact

07880 311731.
Hungerford Town Hall wedding

Cobbs Farmshop

At our Hungerford farmshop we are pleased to offer top quality fresh produce, deli, cheese, butchery and florist as well as our popular cafe and play barn.
At our delicatessen, we work with many local producers to offer customers a whole host of products including luxury dairy ice cream, freshly baked bread, honey, preserves and chutneys, cheese, dairy, flour, eggs, cereals, tea, smoked fish and meats, juices and biscuits.
Our cafe is still serving their popular summer menu so book your table here.

Cobbs at Hungerford

Bath Road (A4) just west of Hungerford
01488 686770

Howards Pet Care

We are your local, friendly pet store!
In fact, we have everything you need for your two and four legged friends from premium dog food, chews, feeding bowls, beds, leads, bird seed to hedgehog houses and bags of dishwater salt.
Suzi is off with Covid at the moment and we wish her a speedy recovery. She will wear a mask when she returns as a reminder to customers that the virus is still around.
Suzi and the team
01488 685314
Howard's Pet Care montage

Hungerford Legal & Financial Centre

The IH400 Probate form is an important document that is required to be completed by executors or administrators when applying for a Grant of Probate to handle the estate of a deceased individual. See our comprehensive guide to the form, its purpose, process, and significance in the probate application.

Our office in central Hungerford (down the alley between Eliane’s and Hungerford Bookshop) is shared by Marlborough Law and Claritas Accountancy. We also collaborate with Harridge Financial, Ludlam Wills & Estate Planning HR experts Professionals in Partnership and asset finance experts Industry Finance UK.

If you need any financial or legal support, please contact us for a no-obligation chat on: 
01488 508008

Hungerford Legal & Financial

Hungerford Bookshop

Please see our facebook page for exciting new titles in stock, suggestions for books to read to children starting school this week and our upcoming autumn author talks to look forward to. And if you are in Wantage do pop into our new shop on Mill Street (where Madhatter Bookshop was).

For more events and to sign up to our newsletter, please visit our website

We love to see our customers but you can also shop on our website for next day delivery, send in book orders on 01488 683480, or message us on Facebook.

Jon Shatford Business Support Services

Even long- established, successful businesses need help to bounce around new ideas and growth plans so new businesses should never try to go it alone. The right advice, mentoring and support can help you with business planning, legal issues, funding, research, design, product development, premises, HR and employment issues, marketing, sales and much more.

If you need help with your business, whether you are a current client or not, we offer mentoring and support as well as book-keeping, tax returns, VAT and payroll services.

We also offer a meeting room at Wessex House in Hungerford High St, with monthly business networking 11am – 1pm on the first Thursday of the month (next one Thur 7 Sept) plus hot desks that can be booked on a casual basis via

Mio Fiore Italian Restaurant

The atmosphere of real Italy is the mood at our café and restaurant on Hungerford High Street. Check out our facebook page (warning – it will make you hungry!)

We serve homemade Italian food using quality traditional Italian regional products as well as seasonal and local ingredients – accompanied by Italian wines and drinks for all the family to enjoy. 

…plus full English breakfast from 9am to 3pm!

We offer a 10% discount on take-aways – order online here.

Book on 01488 680730

Fare Wise Travel

We offer travel advice based on many years’ experience, not only when planning the trip but also during or after it, if problems emerge. 

Check out our facebook page for lots of holiday inspiration from the Canary Isles to Route 66 across the UK.

Please contact Veronica and the team on 01488 686858,, facebook or pop in to our office at 19 Hungerford High St (under the railway bridge). 

West Berkshire Injury Clinic

Have you been struggling with a chronic problem that hasn’t responded to traditional musculoskeletal treatment methods?
Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive way of relieving pain using high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing in specific areas of your body.
Working directly on the source of your pain with pinpoint accuracy it can help reduce the time you spend managing your condition.
Contact our team today to find out if it could be a viable alternative for you.
We believe prevention is better than cure so we also offer a Business Health & Wellbeing package to help prevent illness and reduces absenteeism due to staff sickness and poor mental health.
West Berkshire Injury Clinic
01488 493014

M & P Hardware

It doesn’t feel like it but autumn is round the corner so think about what you need to make sloe gin and to brush up the leaves in your garden. 
Whatever you need we either stock it or can get it in quickly for you!
Open: 9am to 5pm, Mon to Sat.
01488 681048 
M & P Hardware

The Clockmaker

We have a range of affordable clocks for sale in the shop as well as our usual range of antique clocks and barometers online which  make lovely gifts.

We are also extremely busy servicing and repairing watches and clocks. 

Chris Bessent
The Clockmaker
127 High St, Hungerford, RG17 0DL
(in the courtyard behind Newbury Building Society) 

The Clockmaker Display Ad

Hungerford Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Healthcare

We help people of all ages and have advice for older people with their balance to prevent falls. We are also inspired by the five lessons to be learnt from the Blue Zones of high life expectancy around the world.

Hungerford Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Healthcare
The Croft Hall, Hungerford

Hungerford Printing Company

Do pop into our studio at 109 High Street (opposite Hungerford Arcade) to chat about your printing needs. hing on everything. 

We can now scan architect/interior/garden designer plans and drawings up to A0 in colour or mono. We can print them off or send to you as a pdf.

We also have an Epson Sure Colour large-format printer up to A1 (594 x 841mm) on photo-quality paper, plotter paper or waterproof polypropylene. Available Monday to Friday and can generally be done while you wait. Prices start from £10.

Or contact us on 01488 684337 or 

Find us at Instagram/hungerfordprintingco and on Facebook/hungerfordprintingco

The Curve at Hungerford Hub & Library

The Curve Gift Shop at Hungerford Hub & Library sells high quality crafts and gifts produced by local artisans from gorgeous adult knits to yummy fudge.

Open: Tues, Wed & Fri 10pm – 4pm and Sat 10am – noon.

You can also browse online here:

Other shops to visit in Hungerford:

Crown Needlework 

Hungerford Arcade 

Ellie Dickins Shoes 

Barr’s Yard 


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