Guest blog: Pitfield Pop Up

Pitfield’s Pop-up store in Winchester has recently opened it’s doors for a 16 week period.

The project is a collaboration between the owners of a The Chesil Rectory in Winchester and Shaun Clarkson, a well known interior designer and star of Channel 4’s ‘Four Rooms”. Shaun is also the owner of Pitfield’s London flagship store in Shoreditch, London which opened back in 2011.

Pitfield in Winchester consists of a shop, cafe and gallery. It is situated in Brooks Centre right in the city centre. It is very well laid out and makes great use of scaffolding tubes to form the shelving units.

The cafe has a great menu selection serving specials each day like Hampshire salt beef ‘Reuben’ made with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, pickles and thousand island dressing and scones with Hampshire clotted cream and locally made jam. It is also open for breakfast from 7.30am. Quite nice to have such a spacious cafe, surrounded by a deli and a mixture of curated reinvented and vintage products, design classics and beautiful homewares.

The first exhibition in their gallery space is of screen printed Mexican Wrestlers from Peter Llloyd a graduate of the Royal College of Art. Visit their website for more information and to find out about new exhibition’s and products coming up over the coming months. From talking to the owners it seems that they really want to collaborate with local artists, designers and makers to celebrate, support and promote a more diverse offering in Winchester city centre.

Claire Sambrook is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. She is particularly interested in creative industries, and has been a professional photographer and a professional web developer.

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