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D. BYRNE & Co of Clitheroe

In the days when I used to live “up North” one of the real treats was a trip across the Penines to the small town of Clitheroe – specifically to the Aladdin’s Cave that was D. Byrne & Co. This was no “boutique” shop, but more like an old-fashioned Ironmongers Emporium – stacked to the off with wines of all hues and origins – and if you were to venture down to the Cellar untold delights were waiting to be discovered if you know your wines!

Happily little has changed superficially, as the shop retains its air of an “emporium” – so big displays for the latest bland brand – and the range has extended to include almost every wine producing region in the world.

No online list or ordering, but then you cannot translate the experience of this place and its discoveries into an online webpage – a search engine cannot replace the joy of browsing and discovery amongst their shelves.

logoDating back to the 1870’s when its founder Denis Byrne used to cross the fells regularly by horse and cart, the business supplied groceries, animal feeds and a few wines and spirits to farmers in the area.

The building itself has changed little architecturally but its charm lies within, customers walking through the door of D. Byrne & Co and into the cellars below street level would be forgiven for thinking they had stepped back in time.  Housed in this wonderful old shop is a staggering selection of the finest quality wines and spirits to be found under one roof anywhere in the country.  The atmosphere in the shop is almost worth a visit in itself – the creak of the old floorboards, the smell of freshly ground coffee and the tinkle of bottles deep in the cellars.

D. Byrne & Co is family owned and run, these days by Denis Byrne’s great grandsons Andrew, Philip and Tim who between them have eighty years of experience in the business and four generations of knowledge to draw on. Originating from a family of fourteen children, the brothers have never had trouble finding knowledgeable staff to help on a part or full-time basis and the fifth dynasty has recently joined the firm.

The shop may have its roots firmly in the Victorian era but the business is firmly in the twenty first century with the brothers frequently visiting the greatest wine producing regions of the world to add to their collection.  In order for the business to have thrived for so long it has built a reputation for sourcing and supplying the finest wines and spirits at the keenest razor sharp prices.  We can supply top of the range fine wines  from the best known producers or little known gems that we have discovered on our travels.

Voted as one of the UK’s Top 50 Independent Wine Merchants 2017 in the wine trade magazine Harpers.Top 50 independents logo

D Byrne Co. 12 King Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2EP t: 01200 423152

 

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