Wines & Champagnes for Cellars & Celebrations
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We are an independent wine merchant in the Surrey Hills and specialise in providing wines for parties and weddings. We have wines starting at just £5.99 (making us incredibly competitive on pricing compared to larger chain stores) but can offer a level of service, including free glass hire and free delivery and pick up, that no one else can match.
We have 15 years' experience in working with wedding couples and can chat through your special day making sure nothing wine-related is missed out, from the reception Champagne or prosecco to after dinner cocktails and even gifts for the ushers.
We offer our wedding couples £25 towards wine samples, meaning that after their initial consultation they can take away a few choices and try them either at home (when the whites can be properly chilled etc) or with their caterer at their tasting menu. We feel this gives couples a much better service than insisting wine is bought unsampled or tasted in the busy environs of a shop. Plus, it's more fun!
We work closely with many local caterers and venues and can have your wedding wine delivered at times that suit you or your venue and importantly, we offer a sale or return service of up to 25% of any one product. This means you can buy enough to cover your needs, safe in the knowledge that it can be returned if unused. Our vans will pick up any unused stock and refund you automatically, leaving you to enjoy your honeymoon without the worry of humping around cases of unused wine.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Rupert Pritchett, proprietor
We look forward to welcoming you to our shop, here in a 400 year old cow shed in the Surrey Hills. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries about your wedding wine - we're here to help!
Year Business Was Established
# Of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
# Of People In Team
Public Liability Insurance
Press & Awards
Press and Awards (1)
Daily Telegraph 'Little Black Book of Secret Addresses of Stylish People'
Accreditations / Associations (1)
Industry Awards (3)
French Wine Merchant of the Year 2013
Argentinian Wine Merchant of the Year 2013
Chilean Wine Merchant of the Year 2010 & 2014
Location & Contact Details
The Old Cart House, Palmers Cross, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 0LL, England
Nearest Motorway & Junction
A3 & M25 (Jt 10)
Nearest Train Station
Guildford or Godalming (SW Trains direct to Waterloo)
Find us three miles south of Bramley on the A281 (Guildford to Horsham road)
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Is it too cheesy to say our own? The pressure was on for a wine merchant to provide some fantastic wines at his own wedding - and hopefully we didn't disappoint our 200 guests! Our caterer was slightly bemused at the different number of wine glasses needed per place setting - but since there was Champagne, white, red, rose, dessert wine and port to be served we needed quite a few! As a husband and wife team now, working together in the shop, we're well placed to offer advice to other wedding couples as we've been through it all ourselves!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Friendly, informative, helpful, easy-going and fabulous!
What about your business are you most proud of?
Our customer service - we know what it's like to suddenly have to organise the biggest party of your life with sometimes little or know experience of this sort of thing, so we aim to make the wine part as easy as possible for you - and the most fun!
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Enjoy the planning! Especially the wine buying bit! Don't worry about quantities or what to serve when - buying from an established merchant (like us!) will mean we get to do those calculations for you, leaving you to just enjoy tasting the samples!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
We love it when people create their own cocktail - the Mr & Mrs Mojito or Paul & Poppy's Pina Colada - and of course you can have it served from our vintage Citroen H Van if you like! Check her out at www.taurusontour.co.uk
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We recommend you come in and see us about 8-6 weeks before your wedding (it can be more last minute, but it's best to give yourself some time to taste the samples with your wedding food). At one of our wedding meetings we take about 45 mins to 1 hr to run through your special day with you, going from start to finish talking about all your wine needs. We also supply local beers by the barrel and can supply cocktails too - plus lots more fun finishing touches. When you leave you'll have a much better idea of how much wine you'll need and hopefully go home with a few sample bottles too, so you can try the wines at home in a nice, chilled out way. Once you've decided what you'd like to order, just email us your confirmation and the next time you see your wine will be in a glass on your wedding day! We do all the delivering and pick ups, leaving you to enjoy the day (and not have to worry about it the next day either!)
How would you wow the Judges on Masterchef?
I would take out my sommelier's sword and 'sabrage' a bottle of Champagne - that's when you use a short sword to 'swoooosh' off the top of a bottle, cork and all, much to the cheering of crowds! We can teach any budding bride or groom this party trick - it's much easier than it looks!
What is the most innovative dish you have created for a wedding?
We've created many a cocktail, including a Caribbean punch for a couple who got engaged in Cuba.
What is the food of love?
What is your secret ingredient?
Surely the answer to that one is obvious... wine!
Bridebook Discount: £25 sample voucher for wedding couples
Bridebook Special Offer: We offer a competitive 'case rate' for wedding couples, plus £25 towards wine samples so you can choose the wines you love at leisure.