The Crown at Wells has welcomed independent wine merchant The Grape and the Good into its Market Place home.
The Grape and the Good, brainchild of proprietor Andrew Kinnersley, originally opened on Priory Road in October 2015, has now taken up residence at the front of The Crown’s popular restaurant, Anton’s Bistrot.
Former Wells Cathedral School pupil Andrew said “I started my working life at The Crown while a student in the late 90s before going on to become a wine merchant, living and working in the South of France. Starting a family drew us back to Wells and the shop went from strength to strength and as a traditional retailer.”
With a rise in High Street rents, business rates and the end of lease coming it made sense for The Grape and the Good to make efficient use of retail space at The Crown, in an area which was historically run as a shop, in a prime location at the heart of the City.
In addition to a terrific choice of wines and Champagne, The Grape and the Good also stock a popular collection of craft beers, gins, vodka and other select spirits, with Andrew on hand to advise customers which tipple may suit them best.
“The synergy we have with The Crown gives us the opportunity to offer more than just a retail experience,” Andrew continued. “We welcome diners in to savour a delicious bite to eat while enjoying a glass or two of something fabulous that they have personally selected to wash it down with. We’re also open all day for those just fancying a glass of wine, with craft beer to drink in coming soon.”
“There is often a misconception that independent wine merchants are pricey, not so! We are not only competitively priced but the customer also receives the personal service lacking in larger retailers. We’ve been very happy with the lovely local base of regular customers built up at The Grape and the Good and are delighted so many have followed us to our new location.”
“We’ve had a very positive response since we opened at The Crown and we look forward to welcoming customers into The Grape and the Good, particularly during the busy run up to the festive season.”
The Grape and the Good is open seven days a week from 10am, with food from midday. Details of Winemaker Master Class dinners plus ‘Meet the Brewer’ events coming soon at www.thegrapeandthegood.com.