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My favourite places: Jennie Maizels

This Hampshire-based artist has made a name for herself with her delectably quirky doodles. Muddy chatted to her about the best spots for food, wine and generally getting a bit inspired around the county.

Jennie Maizels studio hampshire illustrator

Jennie Maizels is a nationally-renowned illustrator with a keen eye for detail and a deep appreciation for beauty. And with a career that has spanned her adorning Harvey Nics’ window displays to stocking her quirky iron-on patches in Liberty, Hampshire has played a huge part in her creative process.

Here’s where she loves to hang out when she’s not at her desk surrounded by art!




Romsey Abbey Simon Bramwell

Photo: Simon Bramwell

My favourite town has to be Romsey. So far, it hasn’t been touched by big chains and there are no nearby shopping centres or hypermarkets. It remains quintessentially an English high street. There’s always a queue at lunchtime outside the bakers and the bells of Romsey Abbey are often peeling away in the background. It has a lovely sleepy pace and I feel very at home there. For lunch I love Luc, a French wine shop and delicatessen. They do a simple cheese or meat platter with a glass of very fine French wine and everyone sits around barrels in this small and authentically French little shop. I’m also a fan of Three Tunns pub – the food is fantastic, and especially good in the evening I think. And for shopping there’s Bradbeers Department Store (pictured below) – it sells literally everything! It has a beauty department to rival Selfridges and its clothes for chaps are brilliant. It also has a lovely kitchen shop and haberdashery.

Vintage antlers romsey winchester consortium


Verveine, Milford-on-Sea

For special occasions, one of my all-time favourite places has to be Verveine in Milford on Sea. It’s very ‘Heston Blumenthal’ in terms of its experimental, technical food, but hugely impressive – you need to book a long time in advance because it’s so popular with locals.


Winchester Farmers’ Market

Winchester Farmers Market David Forder

Photo: David Forder

Stockbridge Town Hall has some brilliant pop-up shops. One in particular, Infinito, holds sales every few months with lots of unusual gifts and clothes sourced from Italy and Paris. I adore Winchester Farmers’ Market, it’s amazing, but for a calmer and less busy experience, head to Romsey’s which happens once a month. 


Fishlake Meadows

Dotty in field
We are renting a house in Fishlake Meadows (while we build a whole new one in the plot behind our old house in Braishfield) and the canal walk in Fishlake is the best running route. It’s a jogger’s paradise, nice and flat, very safe and with lovely views across the water meadows further up the canal.



One of my favourite beauty spots locally is near my studio in Slackstead – the view from Farley Church is breathtaking, on a sunny day you get a clear view of the Isle of Wight.


Mottisfont, Romsey

Mottisfont Neill Howard

Photo: Neill Howard

I adore Mottisfont, not just for the stunning grounds but also, it always houses wonderful exhibitions, from Kaffe Fassett to Thelwell, I never miss a show! We’re lucky to have so much on our doorstep, I always used to take the children to Winchester Theatre Royal and Salisbury Playhouse to see shows especially at Christmas – but now they are 16 and 18 they are less keen!

Winchester School of Art

I always make a point of visiting Winchester School of Art’s degree show and Southampton University Illustration degree shows. Some of my favourite pieces of art have been bought from talented graduating students. I would really recommend the trip to see the shows at the end of each summer.

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