It's kind of cool uncovering hidden treasure. Especially when it's right on your doorstep and you hadn't known about it for years. But this little shop first caught my attention in Cheers magazine, a publication I've been reading a lot from recently since I was covered in it.
From the outside it looks like a regular corner shop, with the exception of the bottles of beers and spirits adorning the window display. Again inside it looks like a large corner shop until you find the small descending stairs to the cave like oasis of beer, cider, wine and spirits. A very impressive range for somewhere this local (before this I thought my best options were Rothbury Wines or Sainsburys) with a decent coverage of Italian, American, Belgian, German and British beers. They even have a nice range of cigars too.
It was one of those moments where you wished you had a huge wad of cash. But I didn't over spend and the missus didn't get mad. I even got to chat to Tony, who runs the place and found out that I wasn't the first one to discover the place throught the recent Cheers magazine coverage.
But the best thing is the store is right on the direct route between work and my parents house, so whenever I want to hunt out some great bottled beers, I know where to go. My days of tolerance to the mediocre beer ranges of Sainsburys, Lidl and Morrisons are over. A great little shop, and thanks again to ma man Gilmour for bringing it to my attention.