My Favourite Places: Silversmith Anna Davenport
Want the prettiest of jewellery that’s bang on-trend with the eco-vibe of 2021? Look no further. Artisan silversmith Anna Davenport crafts exquisite, ethically-sourced silver jewellery, using real shells and botanicals from beaches, to reconnect us with nature. Where does this creative genius get her inspo? See her 10 favourite places here.
Working from her studio in Nailsworth, in the heart of the Cotswolds, Anna designs the most delicious trinkets. Casting shapes from real shells, leaves, fossils and seed pods she forages on the beaches of Devon (err how dreamy!) and then turns them into gorgeous sterling silver jewellery.
Having started the biz back in 2019, giving up a career launching Britain’s best-selling craft magazines, she dreamt of creating a sustainable and responsible brand – and that she has. Not only are the silver castings made from recycled sterling silver, packaging is reusable and recyclable, and even her business cards are made from recycled T-shirts!
Infact, they’re so beautiful we’d like to wear them ALL, so we couldn’t wait to find out her 10 favourite places to go for inspo, ideas and general R&R … over to you Anna. (plus, keep reading to WIN one of her stunning acorn necklaces).
Thistledown Café is one of my absolute favourite places. The menu is influenced by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, I’ve tried most things and they’ve been outstanding. At this time of year I often order the soup because it’s always an interesting combination of flavours and comes with a thick wedge of sourdough toast and butter. Oh, and the team is always super friendly and helpful. Now that I’ve told you about it, you have to promise to save me a seat!
2. Jolly Nice Farm Shop, Frampton Mansell
I’ve always enjoyed cooking, so having Jolly Nice Farm Shop on my doorstep is such a treat. My son-in-law bought a ‘Big Green Egg BBQ’ for his 40th recently so I\ll be calling in for local meat and sausages on the way to London in a few weeks time. They’re open every day from 8am-7pm (only closes on Christmas Day!) and you have to visit their brilliant drive-through. They use the best local ingredients and the cauliflower cheese toastie might sound unusual but it is delicious.
3. Sherborne Park Estate, Aldsworth
Sherborne is my favourite place to walk on a Sunday morning. If you’re planning on going, make sure you get to Ewe Car Park early to grab a space. It’s a beautiful woodland walk at any time of the year. I usually take along a couple of pieces of jewellery so I can film videos for Insta. It’s usual to see a couple of deer in the woods and half way around, I pop into the Sherborne Village Shop for a cup of tea and a piece of whatever homemade cake or scone is made on the day, I love to sit beside the war memorial, before wandering back through the woods to the car.
4. Baker and Graze, Cheltenham
Here’s my second secret café! Baker and Graze never disappoints. It’s on my route around Cheltenham when I visit Bath road for a mooch in the local shops or go to see James, my hair stylist at Rob Hicks Salon. If you like quirky, hustle and bustle then you’ll like this cafe. It has a really friendly atmosphere with beautifully, flavoursome, home cooked food. The aubergine caponata is my autumn favourite for brunch. And, if you only have time for a quick takeaway coffee and cake, they do that especially well too.
Westonbirt Arboretum is about 20 minutes drive from me and I love a walk there come rain or shine. Earlier in the year I was asked to create a series of videos for @kernowcraft ‘A Day in the Life of Jeweller’ series on YouTube and the changing landscape makes it the perfect location for filming. If you’ve got little ones then going Gruffalo-hunting is a must and I’d definitely recommend May for the bluebells and October or November for autumn colours.
6. Bigbury on Sea, Devon
I’ve always loved Devon, so much so that I bought a holiday lodge near Bigbury on Sea this summer. Starting the day with a walk on Bigbury on Sea beach or Milton Sands is the best feeling in the world. I wish I could bottle it! My signature and Limited Edition necklaces are cast from real seashells and nature finds so my pockets are always full of tiny pieces of treasure that I’ve picked up on the beach. Burgh Island Hotel here is amazing, as is my favourite restaurant and bar in Kingsbridge, The Crabshell Inn, on the quayside. Try the chowder but make sure you book early because it can get really busy.
7. Williams Seafood Restaurant, Nailsworth
I like to book lunch with my girlfriends and sit and watch the world go by and what better place to do that than at Williams in Nailsworth. It’s a good place for celeb spotting too. I saw Richard E Grant here and Jamie Dornan of 50 Shades in Nailsworth! Their fish and deli counter are also brilliant and I’ll admit to buying the occasional ready meal too because they really are just like I’d make at home.
8. Burford Garden Company, Burford
This is where I go to mooch, have lunch and feel inspired. I’ve recently discovered the Reading Room and quite honestly, I could spend hours in there. It’s beautifully quiet, with a little music playing in the background and the choice of books is staggering. I applaud the buyer. Oh, and the cheese scones are delicious with a pot of tea.
9. Hobbs House Bakery, Nailsworth
I’m a huge fan of supporting local so I buy sourdough bread from my local bakery, Hobbs in Nailsworth. It’s a family run business owned and run by the Baker Brothers. My mornings are often taken up with orders, getting pieces polished and packed, so when I’m done, I treat myself to walk into Nailsworth. My favourite thing is to order a tea and Croque monsieur and sit at one of the tables outside. It’s just bliss.
10. The Great Market Hall, Budapest
Budapest is one of my favourite cities in the world. My dad was Hungarian, and in the late 1940’s he saw a sign that said ‘Come to Sunny England’ so he came as a refugee and the rest, as they say, is history! It’s a great city to ditch the car and walk around, especially at night with the lights along the Danube. Make sure you visit the Great Market Hall, which is the largest indoor market in the city, over three floors. It’s a feast for the eyes and make sure you try the Lángos, typical street food. It’s like a deep-fried pizza with garlic, sour cream and cheese melted on the top. I can guarantee you’ll love it!
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