Shop & Eating Out



Selfridges in Harpenden?

By Ron Taylor. Editor

When you look at the incredible variety of retail shops in Harpenden and Southdown it all adds up to a giant departmental store.

So next time you think of going to shop in London, think again, it could all be here on your doorstep. Save the train fare, spend a day in ‘the village’ and sample the fayre from one of the many bars or restaurants.

The list below shows what’s available (up to Roundwood Lane but excludes Southdown)

Art Galleries x 3

Art/Picture Frame workshop x 1

Babies and young children shops x 1

Baker and Cake shops x 2

Banks x 4

Beauty Salon/Spa/Nails x 5

Beauty/Cosmetics x 4

Betting shop x 1

Book shop x 1

Butcher x 1

Building Societies x 4

Cards, Books, Stationary, Papers and Magazines x 1

Carpet and flooring  x 1

Charity shops x 9

Chemists x 4

Coffee Bars/Tea shops x 9

Delicatessen x 2

DIY and Paint x 1

Dry Cleaners x 2

Empty Shops x 7

Estate Agents & Letting Agents x 11

Fast Food x 6

Financial Advice x 2

Fitness Centre/Gym/Pilates x 3

Florist x 2

Frozen Foods x 1

Furniture and fabric shops x 1

Convenience stores x 2

Gift & Card shops x 4

Health shops x 1

Jewellers x 3

Kitchen/Bathroom shops x 3

Ladies Hairdressers x 10

Ladies wear x 7

Men’s hairdressers x 5

Men’s wear x 1

Newsagents x 1

Opticians x 4

Phone shop x 2

Pet shop x 1

Post Office x 1

Restaurants x 15

Sandwich shop x 2

Sweet shops x 1

Shoe shops x 1

Shoe repairs x 1

Sporting goods x 1

Supermarkets x 4

Vape products x 1

Wine shops x 2

Local shop owners face many problems.

Rising rent and rates...declining disposable consumer incomes...pressure by the supermarkets to take market share from the independents...increasing popularity of shopping centres and internet shopping.

So go out and support your local shops.

Help support local charity Rennie Gove when you shop at the Co-Op by joining their membership scheme.

The Co-op has chosen Rennie Grove as one of its local causes, where shoppers can earn rewards for themselves and their local community. When members buy selected Co-op products, they receive 2p from every £1 spent into their membership account, and the Co-op donates the same amount to their chosen local cause.

Rennie Grove will invest all funds raised through the Co-op partnership into its bereavement support programme. As well as flexible support, tailored to an individual’s needs, the charity also runs weekly support group sessions for recently bereaved adults as part of a more structured, eight-week programme of support. Facilitated by a qualified counsellor and a listening volunteer, the support groups also feature guest speakers with specific areas of expertise such as nutrition, sleep and finance.

To choose Rennie Grove as your preferred Co-op local cause, either 1) download the Co-op app to your smart phone, register and select Rennie Grove as your local cause under the ‘membership’ tab, or 2) sign up on their website here:

Do you need support with your energy or food bills?

Harpenden Town Council may be able to help.

Funding is available for families and individuals living in Harpenden who are currently experiencing difficulty paying their food or energy bills.

They can offer supermarket vouchers to help with your food bills and financial support to help with energy bills, or for essentials linked to energy and water (including hygiene products, warm clothing, blankets, boiler service/repair, help with buying white goods including fridges, freezers, ovens).

It is an easy process for those who need assistance. You do not need a referral, simply contact Harpenden Town Council:

1. Email

Please include your name, address and phone number, and answer

the questions that are shown below and on the back of the leaflet.

2. Complete the form below including your name, address and phone number, and answer all the questions.

Drop it into the letter box at

the Town Council, Town Hall, Leyton Road,

Harpenden, AL52LX
3. OR call one of our Officers on 01582 768278.


Experience a warm welcome at Harpenden’s new Italian style restaurant - ZIOS PIZZERIA in Station Rd.

A wood fired oven with a setting in true Italian style and friendly staff will make for a memorable meal.

‘Home made’ is favourite comment when I asked Chef about their sauces, mains and desserts. ‘Affordable’ is another word that grabs your attention when you look at the menu.

It has a range of Starters, Pizzas, Pastas, Mains and Deserts to satisfy all tastes. It’s open 11am -11pm every day.

And it does take aways too.

Their drinks licence is expected soon.

34 Station Road, AL5 4SE. 01582 551 455