Osprey St Albans – Shopping, Tea And Inspiration

The Saddlery Cafe

The Saddlery Cafe

Down a winding country lane in a series of traditional black barns is a surprising place to find the ‘idea laboratory’ of a bastion of the fashion accessories market.  Osprey has been an influencer and innovator since the 80s and this pretty enclave is the culmination of thirty years of design and Innovation.

Osprey Courtyard Garden

Osprey Courtyard Garden

The barns surround a delightful courtyard which in the summer would make a perfect place to while away the afternoon, in between shopping in the Osprey Home and Outlet Stores.  An accumulation of previous season stock, new developments and one off pieces that may not be available in any of their other stores or retailers.

Jams And Chutneys, Olive Oil And Tea

Jams And Chutneys, Olive Oil And Tea

Opening onto the courtyard is a cafe, large rough wood tables, an eclectic mix of bench seats and designer chairs, glass beaded lighting and an old fashioned cowboy style wood burning stove, part vintage tea room and part mountain cabin in decor. An old dresser displays olive oils, chutneys, jams, Charbonel And Walker truffles and specialised coffees and teas. This is a spot for a light lunch or tea and cake.

Handmade Porcelain

Handmade Porcelain

Fat teapots and vintage cups accompany traditional bakes. Lemon drizzle cake, carrot cake and ginger coconut sponge.  Lunch is an individual quiche or egg muffin with salad.  Not a wide choice but good quality.  The egg muffins were delicious enough for me to make my own for a light supper one evening. Facing the cafe across the courtyard  is Osprey Home.

Re-Upholstered Vintage Chair

Re-Upholstered Vintage Chair

An emporium of hand picked fashion, beautiful leather accessories, jewellery, curios and home interiors.

Stacked Moroccan Dishes

Stacked Moroccan Dishes

Fine supple leathers and soft cashmeres alongside home fragrances.  Bright cushions and tactile petrified wood are displayed on shelves with handmade porcelain and vintage style glass dishes.

Vintage Style Glass Dishes

Vintage Style Glass Dishes

Statement pieces of South east asian carving and modern sculpture punctuate the slightly masculine feel of vintage display cabinets.  Gifts and household items, each carefully chosen, line shelves with beautiful detailed leather belts, this is a place to find gems at all prices.  Vintage playing card art at £5 to a fabulous doorway and architrave at several thousands.  This was a wonderful find and I will be visiting again.

Osprey St. Albans. Woodcock Hill. Coopers Green Lane. St Albans Herts. AL4 9HJ
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24 Responses to Osprey St Albans – Shopping, Tea And Inspiration

  1. What a treasure trove of good things you have found here GG! Lovely!

  2. You lucky thing to have found this place. I’d visit and dash home and start moving things around and then call myself a decorator. :)

  3. cheri says:

    What a gorgeous place to shop, it’s all about setting the right atmosphere.

  4. Ooh I would go crazy there with my credit card! So many nice things to buy :D

  5. nancy@jamjnr says:

    I’d have massive indecision syndrome in there with so much to choose from apart from the chair which would come home with me!

  6. Osprey….rings a bell, but very vaguely, what a lovely palace though! I think I went to St. Albans once but for what I cannot recall! They have such wonderful things, love all the pottery and I am partial to that chair too!

  7. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love how you describe how to get to this place. I love it! It’s gorgeous. I would love some of those vintage glass dishes. I’m sure that most people who visit wouldn’t walk away empty handed xx

  8. Love the moroccan bowls , dang ! wish I wasn’t so broke!

  9. I am glad I don’t live nearby because I would spend all my money there.

  10. Choclette says:

    That top photo is so pretty, it makes me want to dive right outside and have a tea party – now!

  11. Janie says:

    Yikes! There are some very pretty food props I spied in there! Lovely place :)
    Janie x

  12. I love those vintage style glasses and the moroccan dishes. Heck, I love it all! nice shop!

  13. That chair is my love, what gorgeous purchases :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Karen says:

    I was there with you through your beautiful writing GG – fabulous, and as I pop into St Albans a lot when I stay at my daughter’s nearby, I must check this place out. Karen

  15. what an inviting looking place. I can totally see myself sitting in that beautiful chair.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* H

  16. Some beautiful things there, love the white vases

  17. Oh wow, what a beautiful place. Those handmade porcelain goods look amazing. Would be a lovely day out.

  18. Sylvia says:

    Wow! What a place <3 so many lovely food props!

  19. Krista says:

    What an utterly delightful place. :-) This is just the sort of spot I love exploring on a lazy weekend. :-)

  20. What a fun place to shop and have a light lunch. Wish we had a place like that in my neighborhood. :)

  21. I love going on these shopping expeditions with you. And this looks so interesting and those are my favourite three words!

  22. Beam me up there NOW. I could lose myself in there for hours. Lovely pics.

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