You can still enjoy quality over quarantine, as these local drinks businesses are adapting to the new normal…
Thorne Wines is well known in Cambridge for supplying some of the city’s top independent restaurants with their interesting and enviable wine lists. Now that those restaurants have been forced to close, Thorne Wines has made care packages available on its website, where you can buy six or twelve bottle boxes of your favourite wines, with £20 or £30 from every purchase going directly to the restaurants in need of your support. There are Restaurant 22, Mercado Central, Scott’s All Day and Vanderlyle care packages available, so what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to treat yourself!
You can thank your lucky stars that Thirsty Cambridge has managed to get an online shop together in time for this lockdown. It’s got wines, craft beers, ciders and even champagne, and home delivery is free on orders over £30 within a six-mile radius of Chesterton Road. And if you buy six mixed items or more, you can get 10% off by using the code SIXPLUS at checkout. Thirsty is also planning to add a small range of food products to their online shop soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that…
Vine & Cork
For the ultimate Italian wine experience – even in lockdown! – Vine & Cork‘s drink delivery service has got you sorted. The website has an impressive selection of Italian wines on offer, from award-winning reds from the Veneto region to irresistible prosecco varieties. You can get 10% off your first order if you sign up to Vine & Cork‘s newsletter, and free delivery on orders over £99.
Cambridge Wine Merchants
Cambridge Wine Merchants is coming to your rescue in quarantine with its ‘Stay at Home Special’. You can save 20% on this mixed case of wines, which features three reds and three whites, including Cambridge Wine Merchants‘ very own Vin Rouge, made by Chateauneuf star Roger Sabon. If none of the pre-mixed cases of wine take your fancy, there’s also the option to mix your own cases for ultimate personalisation. Delivery is free on all orders in the Cambridge area at the moment, and orders can be made by phone, email, or via the website.
During this period of social distancing and self-isolation, Saffron Grange is offering free local delivery for CB postcodes, as well as free delivery on orders over £59 to UK mainland addresses. The family-run vineyard is famous for its fine quality English sparkling wines, and there’s plenty to choose from, whether you’re after a Sparkling Rosé, Classic Cuvée, or a limited-edition Seyval Blanc Reserve. For a treat to remember, you can also purchase vineyard tour gift vouchers through Saffron Grange‘s website, which will be valid to cover the 2021 tour season for peace of mind in these uncertain times.
Local brewery Calverley’s is also getting in on the alcohol delivery action, offering free delivery within Cambridge on all orders. Its online shop currently offers twelve and twenty-four packs of its famous porter and pale ale varieties, as well as freshly filled one-litre growlers, so you can still get their tipples on tap. Place your order with Calverley’s before 10am to get your delivery on the same day!
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