Bottoms up! 8 Best bottle shops
Bored of guzzling the same old Pinot Grigio? Meet the hip new bottle shops. Booze shops of yore have had a reboot; pick up a Pinot, feisty new gin or crafty beer at one of these bespoke bottle boutiques. Here's our hand-picked guide to the 8 best in Glos & Worcs.
Going out for a bottle of wine used to be a pretty bland experience, you’d head to the no-frills offie, a soul-sucking Majestic or the local Co-op. Standard. But no longer, there’s now a cool new way to shop for your next tipple.
Bottle shops are springing up all over, from hip additions to cafes and delis to ‘wine libraries’ at shops and boutiques. No more clueless wine-hunting in the aisles, bottle shop culture is all about a bespoke experience, picking up your curated tipple from your local go-to. Pop out for a coffee and a croissant and go home with a batch of locally grown Bacchus – it’s a winning combo.
Read on for our hand-picked curation and head to one of these bottle banks asap.
Martin & Malthouse, Tetbury
This hip deli and cafe and bottle shop only opened in December 2021, and it’s been drawing crowds for it’s cool new bottle shop offering. Head in for coffee, olive oil from their family’s trees in Greece, local Worfludean milk and stay for the wine. You’ll find a dizzying array of wines, beers and feisty spirits on display and the clued-up team is on hand to answer any questions or give you some top tips on what to take home. You’ll find top class wines here from smooth reds from Languedoc to rarer finds like an Adonis from Northern Greece. Perfect for a fabulous talking point at your next dinner party, non?
Corn Hall Deli & Wine Cellar, Cirencester
If it’s stand-out wines and spirits from all over the world hand-picked by an expert you seek, step this way. The windows of this deli are bursting with drool-worthy local produce, from handmade pies and pastries to sausage rolls and Scotch eggs, but the real gem here is the adjoining room with its ‘wine wall’ (interior goals right there) packed with a bespoke range of sparkling, white, red and rose wines alongside champagne (in various sizes if you’re going large!). Boasting wines from local vineyards such as Woodchester Valley and Poulton Hill Estate all the way to South Africa and beyond. A top graze and grab stop off.
Tivoli Wines & Wine Library, Cheltenham
Head to Tivoli, the Notting Hill of Glos, for a superb sip and buy experience. There has been a wine shop here since the 1980s but now there is a Wine Library too (our kinda library!) – a wine lounge seating up to 35 people. Come along to one of the events or book in for a wine tasting experience and head home with your favourite bottle handpicked from the shelves afterwards. There is a cool Enomatic machine which offers 32+ wines from all around the world so you can test and try before you buy. The shop is a treasure-trove of wine sourced from traditional French regions through to emerging countries such as Japan – with prices from £8.99 to £349.99 there’s something for everyone and every budget.
Dunkertons Cider Tap Room & Shop, Cheltenham
This bottle bolthole just outside Cheltenham is a utopia for cider and perry lovers. Julian Dunkerton’s family have been brewing cider here for more than 40 years and now the Chelt entrepreneur has turned the site into a cafe, bar and shop to showcase the award-winning organic ciders. Sipping goes hand in hand with live music, fire pits, tours and tastings here, or just pop in to pick up a bottle of something lovely. Children and dogs both welcome at this cool hipster hang-out.
Broadway Deli, Broadway
Browse for your next bottle of world wine at this gem of a deli, cafe and shop. Located opposite the Lygon Arms hotel, there are loads of hard to get wines, beers and spirits here. Grab some homemade lunch at the great cafe which sources locally made produce, then pick a bottle to take home with you. With its famous tuk tuk outside and higgledy-piggledy layout inside with limited edition art by resident artist Pink Harrison, it’s a great place to browse for your weekend bottle or three.
Bath Road Beers, Cheltenham
This local indie bottle shop and bar stock around 450 of the world’s finest, handpicked drinks from beers made just a mile away to wines from New Zealand. Plus there is a cider range curated from artisanal producers within a 30 mile radius using pure fruit juices – no concentrates or chemicals here. It has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, so the perfect setting for trying out one of the casks then get some expert intel on what to take home.
Bottles Wine Bar & Merchants, Worcester
This third gen family business in Worcester city centre prides itself on boutique and rare products that you won’t find elsewhere. As well as great sharing boards and tapas plates, if you fancy sitting down and making an afternoon of it with a glass of vino, there’s a really clued-up staff on hand to help you browse the range of wine, spirits, Champagne and beers. Drawing on owner Richard’s 21 years spent working in the wineries of the world, it’s a unique wine bar, cafe and bottle shop all rolled into one – enjoy a plate and bottle on the sunny alfresco terrace too then bag one to take home for later.
Stroud Brewery, Stroud
This brewery, bar, cafe and bottle shop combined into one is where the beer conoscenti of the Cotswolds can be found on a weekend. This place is all about UK heritage beer and churns out organic beer that has a huge fanbase. It’s a pretty cool place to hang out for brunch (they do great breakfast baps and burgers here), catch up with friends on the alfresco decking, and then take home a crate of your favourite tipple.