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specialist wine merchants listed & mapped! (March 2017)

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MAJESTIC WINE WAREHOUSES

Expanding UK wine chain, Majestic is a strong force on the UK High Street. We see them as rather too big to fulfil our criteria for “small independent wine merchants”, and indeed may be a potential threat to existing specialist wine merchants.
But… they stock a good range of interesting wines and their staff are generally helpful and knowledgeable and they do offer consumers a great range of good and interesting wines.

logoWhether it’s a single bottle. a mix of six great value bottles for every day drinking, or a case or two of great vintage wines for laying down.

This rule allows us to do things differently: we have properly trained staff on hand to help and advise you in each of our 175+ stores (something supermarkets and off-licences would struggle to do). We have wines open on our counter every day for you to try. And if you spend more than £40, we deliver for free. It’s doing things this way that’s made us the biggest, and we think best, wine retailer in the UK.

Led until 2008 by a passionate Tim How, the company has recently established links with Lay & Wheeler for its fine wine operations and has over 150 stores across the mainland UK – and in France for the UK traveller.

Minimum Purchase?

The previous requirement of a minimum purchase of 6 (or even 12) bottles has been scrapped.

Whilst they do not neatly fit the ideal of your small local wine merchant, they do have an interesting and changing range of wines (and beers etc…), the staff are generally knowledgeable and enthusiastic – and you can order online for collection from your local branch or free local delivery!

For more info see Majestic Wine

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Majestic in Bristol & Somerset

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