Iconic Bedford Place off licence premises will have a fresh focus on craft beer, natural wines & artisan sprits
● Customers will be welcomed at tasting tables to sample the range
● 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of an off licence on this site
● 15% discount for everyone during the opening weekend
Southampton’s Unity Brewing Co is preparing to relaunch Bedford Place’s Cloud Wine off licence as Unity Bottleshop & Tasting Room on Friday 4th November. It will bring to life the Unity team’s vision for a bottle shop and tasting room where everyone is welcome to buy and try some of the best craft beer, artisan spirits, natural wines and no-/low-alcohol drinks from the UK and beyond.
“We’re keeping on all the Cloud Wine team and aim to build an even stronger craft beer offering in and around Bedford Place and the Cultural Quarter,” says Unity’s founder Jimmy Hatherley. “As costs for businesses and households alike just keep going up, we’re incredibly lucky to have so much support from the Unity community. We’re confident that demand for our awesome product line up – and intimate tasting room experience – will provide an appealing and exciting new place to buy interesting drinks for the people of Southampton, alongside our popular brewery taproom in Northam.” 2022 is also an important anniversary for the site at 45 Bedford Place, which sees it celebrate 100 years of being an off licence, first opened in 1912 by local resident Miss White for the Retail of Beer specifically. Jimmy even spent a couple of years working at Cloud Wine himself in the mid ‘00’s.
The new shop opens just a few months after the closure of renowned beer emporium Bitter Virtue in Portswood. “Continuing the legacy of our good friends from Bitter Virtue is extremely important to us and we hope to follow in their footsteps to become the city’s best beer retailer,” Jimmy says. The Unity Bottleshop & Tasting Room will open on Friday 4th November and there will be a 15% discount on all purchases on the opening weekend. Says Jimmy: “We can’t wait to welcome everyone in and keep Southampton’s drinks fans excited for the months and years to come.”