Local Information



Minchinhampton is our nearest town, about one mile away, and offers a selection of shops, including a specialist butcher, award-winning cheese and dairy shop, award-winning tea rooms, newsagent and general store, pub, restaurant, post office, chemist and several other small retail outlets. There is a Market House which is open every Thursday morning from 08:45 to 11:00 a.m. for the Country Market to sell local produce.

Click here to link to Minchinhampton’s website for further details. Minchinhampton Parish Council, Box Ward representative is Kay Clements. Email: Cllr.K.Clements@Minchinhampton-PC.gov.uk


Rodborough Common

Nailsworth is another old market town nearby and lies at the bottom of one of the surrounding valleys, about one mile by road. The town has recently grown in popularity with discerning shoppers and now offers an exceptional choice of quality retail outlets such as a delicatessen which sells the finest fresh fish, an award- winning independent baker, two butchers’ shops, quality pubs and restaurants as well as a small hotel built in a former corn mill. There are also two traditional hardware shops, a florist, hairdressers and several other quality outlets as well as two supermarkets serving both local residents and Nailsworth’s increasing number of visitors.

Click here to link to Nailsworth Town Council’s website.

Nearby Food and Drink

Box is situated amidst numerous excellent sources of good food and drink. Within reasonable walking distance in Minchinhampton, Amberley and Nailsworth are some fine pubs and restaurants, most specialising in draught beers and locally obtained food presented to very high standards.

Within a few miles, numerous pubs and restaurants offer food and drink of exceptional quality. As an example, Minchinhampton offers The Kitchen, which was awarded Cotswold Life’s “Tearoom of the Year” award in 2013. Nailsworth now has its own tiny brewery, Nailsworth Brewery, and adjoining pub, The Village Inn.

The Kitchen

Fresh foods such as fish, meat, vegetables and bread as well as milk and cheese from local farms are now all available from specialist shops in Minchinhampton and Nailsworth, with a local farmers’ market in Nailsworth once a month on 4th Saturday, 9am – 1pm. There is also a large award-winning local farmers’ market in Stroud every Saturday, 9am – 2pm.

For a tried and frequently tested recommendation, ask almost any Box resident!





A little further a field is Stroud, a larger town offering additional though more conventional facilities such as DIY stores, a multi-screen cinema, tenpin bowling alley, leisure centre and several large supermarkets. Its weekly farmers’ market has set a national gold standard for lovers of both regional and organic produce.

Click here More details are available from the Stroud Town website.


The old Roman town of Cirencester, which was named Corinium by the Romans, is seven miles east of Box and offers an interesting and attractive town to visit.

Gloucester & Cheltenham:

For city shopping, Gloucester, called Glevum by the Roman Glevums, is 12 miles away and Cheltenham, with its famous Promenade shopping street, Festivals and horse racing, is about 18 miles.


The South West’s capital city, Bristol is 30 miles away by road but offers almost every facility including a convenient and thriving airport.


The Georgian spa city of Bath Spa, is a similar distance and deservedly continues to act as a magnet for tourists and shoppers in search of something a little different to the rest.

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