My parents and I have been going to Boundary Mill for years. There are five stores nationwide, but we’ve always visited the flagship in Colne because it’s just a short drive from our homes. If you’re not familiar, Boundary Mill is an outlet which stocks well-known fashion and homeware brands at discounted prices. Examples include Radley, Coast, Anthropologie, Jaegar and Oasis. The Colne outlet has been refurbished recently, so when the social media department invited me to visit and see the changes, I jumped at the chance. I arranged to meet my mum and dad there for shopping and lunch.
Fashion at Boundary Mill
Unlike some outlet stores, Boundary Mill is always tidy. The clothing is arranged by brand so it’s easy to navigate and the footwear is grouped together by size, so there’s no waiting for a store assistant to check on sizes. I love the tweed Hobbs dress below and the Pavers footwear.
These animal print beauties are from Clarks. And yes, I did get rather bemused looks from fellow shoppers as I arranged it on the floor to photograph.
I was on the lookout for an evening dress for a formal(ish) Christmas Day lunch and for a black tie event in January. I tried a few dresses on, all of which were lovely. But I fell in love with this gorgeous maxi from Monsoon. The embellishment and ruffles are exquisite and it cost just £40!!! I did a subsequent online search and was even more delighted to discover that it’s a limited edition and that the original retail price was £250. (It’s the Mariah embellished maxi dress).
Boundary Mill stocks a lot of occasionwear. My mum and I both commented that she might find her mother-of-the-bride outfit there. If our wedding was next year and not 2021 I think she’d have had a serious look. It just seemed a little too early. I thought the same about a Ted Baker suit that I know Harry, (my 16 year-old), would love. There’s an excellent selection of menswear, including Paul Costelloe and Timberland. I wish I’d have thought to buy Harry’s prom suit from there.
Homeware at Boundary Mill
I buy a lot of homeware from Boundary Mill. Well-known brands include Denby, Portmerion and Wax Lyrical. I add individual pieces of Arthur Price cutlery to an existing set on a regular basis, (goodness knows where my teaspoons disappear to). There’s a huge selection of photograph frames, cushions, towels, bedding, tableware and decorative accessories. I bought the clock I’m holding in the photograph.
There are four places to eat at the Colne outlet: BBs coffee shop, Banny’s British Kitchen, Bumbellini’s Pizzeria and Bannister’s Restaurant. We chose the latter, not least because it’s licensed! We went on a Tuesday lunchtime and had to wait a short while to be seated, a testament to how good it is. I had a quinoa and feta salad, my mum had a fish platter and my dad had fish and chips. We shared bread and butter pudding and peanut chocolate brownie for pudding. The food was absolutely lovely- it tasted as good as it looks. The decor is beautiful too.
But the star of the show was Valerie the restaurant manager. She’s warm, friendly and has the type of humour to make one laugh out loud. She and her team of waiting staff were brilliant. The three of us would go back in a heartbeat.
The Boundary Mill team invited me to Colne because I’m a local blogger. They gave me a gift card and a complimentary lunch in return for some social media posts and for my time. I wrote this blog post simply because I enjoyed myself so much.