About Posh Berko

Posh Berko is a lifestyle store created by DesignerNell, a Berkhamsted mum of two, as a tongue-in-cheek but affectionate celebration of everything that makes Berkhamsted unique.

Berkhamsted is a small Chilterns market town which nestles between Tring and Hemel Hempstead,  known affectionately as ‘Berko’ by the locals and possessing a history going back beyond Saxon times. With a high street packed with chic restaurants and independent shops and cafés, not to mention the listed art deco cinema, it’s easy to see why Berko is a popular commuter base.

Our little Chiltern gem was rocked by planning controversy in 2014 when 100 residents signed a petition to stop a well known supermarket moving into town.  The Daily Mail labelled Berkhamsted as being ‘the town that thinks it’s too posh for a Lidl’ with the newspaper’s article highlighting some of the comments made by petition supporters –  ‘don’t want to lower the tone of the town‘… ‘personally don’t think it fits in with Berkhamsted branding‘…’we are a Historic Market Town keep it that way! And yes Berko is pricey but we have a good looking town!‘  The Daily Mail had voiced what locals (including my Hemel hairdresser – you know who you are!) have long joked about – ‘posh Berko’.

So why not show your friends how posh you are with a gift from the Posh Berko online store?  A handrawn illustration of Berko’s well known town hall roofline adorns mugs, bags and notepads, and cheeky iconic lettering has been splashed onto canvas pouches and coasters.  We’ve been a trademarked brand since September 2017 – if you prefer to shop in person come and see us at the indoor pop up bazaar at Berkhamsted Town Hall, where we regularly have a stall.

Berkhamsted.
The town too posh for a Lidl.

Footnote: The controversial plans received the green light from Dacorum Borough Council’s development control committee by just one vote in September 2014, with planning application granted in October of that year.