An antiques centre which brings around 140,000 visitors a year to Brackley has been voted the best of its kind in the country.
Last Thursday The Brackley Antique Cellar was voted the Best Antiques Centre in Great Britain during the Home and Antiques Magazine Awards.
The cellar was among 75 antique shops and centres nominated across three categories – and 10,000 people voted online to find the best in the country.
Owners Debbe Perry and Jim Broomfield travelled to the Spring Decorative Fair at Battersea Park with cellar workers Denise Hanson and Penny Rose to hear the winners announced.
Mrs Perry said: “It was just totally amazing. It seemed very surreal. When they called out our name all I could hear was a large scream, and I got quite emotional.”
She added: “It is good publicity, but we’re so pleased for Brackley too. It will have a knock on effect if we get more visitors because we know people who visit us have a look to see what else the town has to offer.”
The antique cellar, under Waitrose, opened in 2003 and currently houses around 180 dealers with countless items on show. Mrs Perry said part of their appeal was their broad spectrum of antiques, collectables and gifts.
Angela Linforth, editor of Homes and Antiques said: “Almost all of the shops on the original shortlists have received some press coverage and our winners are obviously much-loved and valued by their customers and communities. Hopefully this accolade will encourage even more people to visit them and to see just what it is that makes them so special.”
The July issue of Home and Antiques will include a feature about all the winners.