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Best bottle shops in the UK?

Discussion in 'UK & Ireland' started by Hoppsbabo, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. I'm back home (the UK) for a bit next month and I'd like to visit a couple of decent bottle shops. The only one I'm familiar with is Bacchanalia in Cambridge. I'm based in Cambridgeshire and I'm willing to travel, within reason. Your recommendations please.
     
  2. Beers of Europe has probably the largest selection and being in Kings Lynn is no more than 40 miles/1 hours drive from Cambridge

    http://www.beersofeurope.co.uk/
     
  3. Also in Norfolk is the Real Ale Shop a bit further along. Although spending my summers a few miles away from these two I haven't visited either because there are masses of good pubs which are all willing to take my beer money.
    http://www.therealaleshop.co.uk/norfolk/
     
  4. If you fancy the road trip, Beers of Europe is a heady experience. Just for pushing a trolley up and down the aisles and filling it full of stuff. Yeah, they deliver anything from a bottle to a container-full for about sever quid, but it's worth the trip for the experience.

    Real Ale shop just outside Wells is OK, bit pricey and most of the beers on offer you'll find at BoE. But if Teddy Maufe is around - the owner of the shop and the farm next door where many of the beers on sale source their barley from - it's worth the trip.

    Bacchanalia, as you know, is stuff of legend. I'd give a weekend loan of my right testicle for a place like that close to me.

    If the sun's up, take a run out to Wells-next-the-sea, drop by the Adnams Cellar & Kitchen shop there for their great food / wine / limoncello, drop by Teddy's place then scoop a few crates from BoE on your way back. And enjoy :)
     
  5. Bacchanalia, is that a walk in shop or just a bar type place?
     
  6. Walk in shop that has a few taps for take-away in growlers/containers/whatever.
     
  7. Yeah it's a pretty swanky shop. I lived right near it before I became a proper beer drinker. Doh!
     
  8. I'm based in Peterborough so Beers of Europe is just up the road. I might have to give it a try.
     
  9. The other one at Wells is in a rather nice part of the world on the North Norfolk coast, a region full of good pubs, worth taking a bit of time out.And take your bathers with you :)
     
  10. Just a heads up, Norfolk has no motorways, so it will take ages more than it looks to drive.
     
  11. Their is a great bottle shop in Birmingham called cotteridge wines :) uk beer selection is is unrivalled anywhere and prices are the same
     
  12. Cornelius is the best bottle shop in Edinburgh and probably Scotland. Glasgow is a dead loss.
     
  13. I got the impression from the OP that you aren't prepared to travel the length and breadth of the UK to score beers. However, as others are making far-flung suggestions I might as well contribute :)

    York has a great shop - Trembling Madness. A ton of bottled UK beers and a good selection from Belgium, the US and other places. It's also a quirky beer bar. See here: http://www.tremblingmadness.co.uk/

    York's other shop is the York Wine & Beer shop - their beer selection is smaller but interesting and well-appointed. Mostly UK brews with some Belgian and a smattering of others. They also do fine wines and cheeses, in addition to take-away cask (often Timmy Taylors). http://www.yorkbeerandwineshop.co.uk/beershop Site/contents.html

    Other northern beer shops include Beeritz in Leeds, and also in Knaresborough.

    Might be handy if you ever find yourself up this way.....
     
  14. Thanks for all the responses everyone. Jazzy jeff, I'd love to go up to York but it's not possible in the short time I have here. I went to Bacchanalia in Cambridge yesterday and was very disappointed. There's one in Leicester I'm going to try next week. I hope they have a more thorough selection.
     
  15. Rehills in jesmond near Newcastle is outstanding
     
  16. I went up that way the last time I was home. I had planned to visit Beer Ritz in Headingly but my dad wanted to visit an ancient battle site near Tadcaster. We found a very cosy pub next to the Samuel Smith's brewery but annoyingly they only had one beer on cask.
     
  17. I ended up there last summer. I would like to have seen more German stuff but the UK and Belgian selection was staggering. I bought more than I could consume in the short time I was home.
     
  18. I think you'll find the reduction in German beers is a common theme in UK bottle shops over the last year or so, making way for the large increase in UK brewers plus the expanding range of US beers available over here.
     
  19. Beer Dock in Crewe is going from strength to strength- and you can have a drink while you deliberate what to buy! http://beerdock.co.uk
     

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