Denbigh shows all the signs of a previous life as a buzzing...
Denbigh shows all the signs of a previous life as a buzzing and prosperous market town which is now suffering somewhat from the presence of supermarkets and bigger urban centres taking the heart out of it. Although it still definitely has a handsome charm, there are a number of closed shops showing what I imagine were formerly thriving businesses such as a family butcher and greengrocers. Last time I was there, there was an independent butcher, electricians and many more. But the town is still very appealing and there is a very friendly atmosphere. There are also signs of some great efforts to bring new cafes and bars to the place - a Welsh shop, a deli, the Denbigh Chocolate Shop (and cafe) which is where we got a good coffee, Y Pantri is apparently great for breakfast although we had ours in the hotel but reports from my brother were that the coffee was 'weak' but we are used to the hard-core Italian espresso taste of our excellent cafes in Norwich.
There are a number of grand empty buildings which we were itching to rescue, or for someone to do so. We went to a number of charity shops and had fun browsing around and seeing people who were very familiar and comfortable in this friendly community. It is the kind of place that needs support from visitors and tourists as well its residents.
We just wandered around for a couple of hours but the library is right in the middle with tourist information showing other places to visit, and the town stocks are just behind for any misbehaving travellers!