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Tanners Wines


A Shrewbury Original since

Named ‘Best National Wine Shops’ in 2018, Tanners Wines is an award-winning, family-run, independent wine merchant based in Shrewsbury.

Established in 1842, 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 at the bottom of Wyle Cop is the flagship of Tanners retail operations – a fascinating, Dickensian-looking collection of rooms, stocking the company’s full range of over 1,200 wines and spirits, along with lots of other fine and rare bottles.

Tanners has a sister venue – A Taste of Tanners – also on Wyle Cop, which serves an exciting range of wines by the glass that guests can enjoy in the cosy tasting room or sunny courtyard.

And for those looking for something different, Tanners hosts a variety of fun and fascinating tasting events every month.

A Shrewsbury Original

Tanners’ 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 celebrated its 175 anniversary in 2017! It is run by chairman James Tanner, who is the fourth generation of the family to work in the company. The firm employs over 100 people across its branches, with the majority based at its distinctive, black and white Shrewsbury headquarters.

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