If you haven’t yet discovered Albert’s Archives Vintage & Loved, it’s time you did! Even experts from the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip have foraged and found treasures from the past on the shelves of this charming independent business in North Kilworth, just off the A4304 midway between Lutterworth and Market Harborough.
Albert’s Archives stocks vintage, antique and pre-loved items in units run by different trade specialists, who between them cover furniture, jewellery, pictures, ceramics, clothing and curiosities of every kind.
Alongside this runs Albert’s Café & Tea Room, a relaxing place to enjoy a wholesome home cooked meal, an afternoon tea or perhaps just coffee, cake and a chat while deciding what finds to take home with you.
The business is named after a vintage rocking horse which was discovered by business owner Val Martin in a skip during her very first house clearance 10 years ago. Restored and spruced up, Albert now has pride of place in a venue always enjoyable to visit because of its fun atmosphere and ever changing range of goods.
The Antiques Road Trip paid a visit to film an episode of the popular show, in which two experts compete to buy antiques and collectibles with a budget of £200 and then put them into a local auction. The winner is the one who makes the most profit after five outings.
Expert Charlie Ross bagged bargains including a Russian samovar – a tea urn – and a pastel painting. Viewers can find out what happened when the show is broadcast in February or March.
Val says: “Somebody called from the BBC and said they’d heard about us from someone who’d been and had one of our wonderful Sunday lunches with us the previous week.
“It was a lovely experience and I can’t wait to see it on TV.”