Vineyards were first established in Leighton during Roman times and the tradition is being upheld in the unlikeliest of locations.
King’s Road, a woman’s fashion retailer in Peacock Mews, is smothered in vines which were planted long before owners Sue and Pete Messenger moved into the building 15 years ago.
Each year a little Italian man would come and harvest the grapes and use them to make wine but he hasn’t visited the shop in recent years and they are appealing for the public to come and help themselves.
Assistant Maggie White said: “The birds will pick the odd one that falls on the floor but there are bunches of them that are just being left to rot because they’re not picked.
“They’re not eating grapes but can be used for wine-making.
“The vine has been here for donkey’s years. No-one seems to know who planted it.
“They’re a lovely decoration for the outside of the shop and help to keep the sun out!”