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A Shrewbury Original since

Established in 1842, Tanners is a family run, independent wine merchant. Tanners delivers an excellent collection of wines and spirits all over the UK.

About half of Tanners sales are to quality-minded hotels and restaurants and half to private clients and corporate customers, both locally and around the country. Tanners is all about good, traditional service, delivered by a team of friendly and knowledgeable staff, many of whom are long-serving. Tanners has won countless national awards and accolades, recognising the firm as one of the best wine merchants in the UK.

The Cellars Shop on Wyle Cop is the flagship of Tanners retail operations, stocking the full Tanners range of wines and spirits, along with all the fine and rare Oddment wines.

A Shrewsbury Original

Tanners’ 175-year old roots lie firmly in the heart of Shrewsbury. William Tanner, born in Shropshire in 1839, went to sea and sailed the world visiting places as far flung as Australia and Chile. Returning as a ship's captain in 1872, he took his brother Henry Edward into partnership and founded the firm of W. & H. E Tanner in Shrewsbury. Its cellars were those of the now demolished Victorian Market Hall; its offices were in Shoplatch.

Thomas Southam & Son, founded at Wyle Cop in 1842 and having an excellent reputation as wine merchants, was taken over by Tanners in 1936. For some years the two businesses were run separately but, when Tanners' cellars were requisitioned during the war as air raid shelters, both businesses were amalgamated at Wyle Cop.

Tanners is family-owned, family-run and resolutely independent and is celebrating its 175 anniversary this year! It is run by James Tanner chairman, who is the fourth generation of the family to work in the company. The firm employs over 100 people with the majority split between its distinctive, black & white headquarters in Shrewsbury and its distribution depot in Wales.

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