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Think Local: Discover Caistor’s hidden gems just a stone's throw away from town centre

Think Local - Caistor, hidden gems

Caistor’s Cornhill area is open for business offering a truly local shopping experience.

Caistor is a delightful market town nestled on the hillside on the northern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. At nearly the highest point in Lincolnshire, the town is notable for its Georgian buildings but dates back to as early as Roman times. 

Today, the town is popular with walkers that pass through on the Viking Way, as well as cyclists who tend to stop off at the popular Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre. Within the town centre you’ll find a number of independent businesses ready to welcome visitors to their town. 

Just a stones throw from the town centre, work has been taking place in the Cornhill area to allow shoppers to discover some hidden gems. The area is home some fabulous local businesses run by local people, giving you a warm welcome and a real shop local feel. The area offers a café, sweet shop and cocktail bar; as well as a vintage shop and bridal boutique. 

Previously, parking had become an issue in the area which blocked the sight of the shops. Caistor Town Council have since arranged for the area to lined in to parking spaces which has improved access. 

Carl Thomas, Clerk to the Town Council said: 

“The work we have carried out to improve the parking situation in the Cornhill area has been a success. We also aspire to link the Market Place with the Cornhill area to encourage shoppers to the area as it is somewhat hidden if you don’t know about it.

“The shops in the Cornhill area are a great asset to Caistor and we want to help promote them to our residents and visitors.”

Discover some hidden gems just a few minutes’ walk from the market place:

Ted's Coffee Shop

Open Tuesday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

A family run coffee shop offering a great selection of food and drink. A lovely stop off for lunch or drop in for a coffee or a refreshing milkshake. They also offer a tempting range of homemade cakes and treats.

Visit Ted's Coffee Shop's Facebook page for more information.


Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm.

Run by local couple, Michelle and Freddie, they have become a hit with customers of all ages with their traditional style sweet shop. Originally trading at the weekly market, they are now able to offer a wide range of tasty treats that will give a trip down memory lane.

Visit SweetieBells' Facebook page for more information.

The Side by Side

Open Thursdays, 2pm to 11:30pm. Friday and Saturday, 2pm to 12:30am, and Sundays from 2pm to 10:30pm.

Caistor’s latest drinking venue The Side by Side is a modern and stylish cocktail, wine and gin bar. Co-owned by local brother and sister Barney and Erin, they pride themselves on good quality cocktails and great atmosphere. There is also beer and cider on draught making it the ideal location for large parties for any occasion. Their cocktail menu consists of a selection of signature and classic cocktails which can be paired with one of their delicious sharing platters or bottomless brunch.

Visit The Side by Side's website for more information.

Drake's Drum

Open Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 3:30pm. Saturdays, 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

Uncover a whole host of treasures in this charming shop selling a range of antiques including furniture and art as well as lighting and collectables. They also stock a delightful range of homeware and gifts.

Visit Drake's Drum's website for more information.

Bridal Reloved

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm and all other times by appointment.

Experience top level customer service whilst you shop for the dress of your dreams. Bridal Reloved specialises in top quality, reloved, sample & new designer wedding gowns without the designer price tag. Open for private appointments for brides and their tribe.

Visit Bridal Reloved's Facebook page for more information.

Love Lincolnshire Wolds

Caistor is just one of six market towns surrounding the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering a unique getaway in Lincolnshire. For more information visit Love Lincolnshire Wolds' website.

Businesses in the Lincolnshire Wolds and surrounding market towns can also create a listing for free!

Visit Love Lincolnshire Wolds' Business Listing page to register or for more details. Alternatively, email

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