Clare – a thriving community getting better by the day. A visit is a must.

Clare continues to be a wonderful place to visit and live. The Clare Country Park goes from strength to strength, business premises hover around the 100% occupancy rate and there is a wonderful buzz about the place. Click here find out more about Clare

I’m pleased to say my mum has moved into Clare two weeks ago. Three miles down the road is so much better than the 7.5 hour drive to Cornwall it used to be. And she loves the place and feels very welcome already.

Me, James Cartlidge MP and Kelly owner of Hangers Boutique

The newly opened Cock Inn is making a positive impact with its delicious food and warm welcome. The Globe continues to provide a fantastic night out for those that prefer a traditional drinking pub.

The newly refurbished Cock Inn

Harris and Harris book shop is about to relocate to much bigger premises in Clare to cater for its growth. Hangers boutique joined us a year ago and are thriving – ladies fashion at realistic prices.

How could I forget The Swan, a vibrant pub providing great food and drink. And of course a Masonic Hall for those in the know.

JAP architects continue to punch above their weight and present a fantastic service to the community. Honey Hill restaurant provides a warm welcome and great food as does Platform One.

We are blessed with top art at Sea Pictures Gallery and a fantastic 9 hole golf course providing great value golf and a lovely setting for an afternoon tea. Or grab a coffee and pastry from the Small Town Cafe.

We must not forget our world class Clare Auctions, attracting buyers from around the world, with a local office and loads of advice for sellers.

A gift to buy can always be found in The Blue Dog. A sandwich on the go from Tuckermans is always a treat as is a lovely pie from our Butchers, J R Humphrey and sons.

The Pharmacy provides a wonderful service and don’t forget the gift shop JOIN for the handcrafted gift. The fish and chip shop is a favourite of mine as is the The Mughal Knights Indian restaurant. We must not forget The Lantern Chinese takeaway nor the Co-op supplying the town.

Fashion at Trinders, an amazing outlet providing vintage clothing and Jardin De Clements providing an amazing selection of gifts create a great variety shopping experience. The Clare Trading Post is another welcome newcomer proving refreshments and a chance to buy.

I must mention other organisations often in the lead supporting the community including the Clare Society, Clare Town Council, CLASP, the schools, fire station and so the list goes on.

Of course there are many, many other businesses in Clare, all playing their part in ensuring Clare is a thriving community. Higher authority tells me I must not forget to mention the hairdressers. Please don’t tell me off if you are not all mentioned as this blog is getting long!!!

The two key issues that need dealing with are the constant road closures and car parking, both of which I am working on.


  1. The other issue Nick is The Bell, before it falls completely into rack and ruin. Can you maybe find out what GK intend to do about it.


    • Hi Sonia, thank you for taking the time to read my blog. The Bell, is of course, a deep concern. I asked our conservation officer to look into this. A building inspector came out to look at the building. The building isn’t bad enough for the council to take enforcement action at the moment. GK were written to to explain concerns. Let’s hope they find tenants soon.


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