Before you go any further, don’t worry. Gallachers of Rugby is still in Rugby. Still on the same street, in fact. They’re just bigger, with more space to browse wine, talk about wine, and let’s be honest – quaff wine.
Despite the hardest of years, Debbie & Russ Gallacher have not only survived, but have moved their wine merchants to a bigger premises on Regent Street. I’ve been to have a peep and it’s fabulous, and promises plenty of lovely afternoons and evenings, providing we’re still allowed out.
The feel is the same – a warm, wine-filled haven that will lure you through its doors with the promise of a little glass of something and inevitably will make you stay far too long. Especially now there are more tables, a comfy looking sofa, and more space to get involved in a tasting or two or just a glass with friends.
If you haven’t heard of Gallachers before, they’re an independent, family-run wine merchant in the heart of Rugby. First and foremost, they’re a wine shop stocking wines that are all a bit different and something for every taste.
They’re proud to stock wines you won’t find in the supermarket, and you also get the chance to ask questions, take recommendations and occasionally try before you buy.
That’s not all though. While they’re open, they become a wine bar at certain times and you can either buy by the glass or bottle. There’s even the option to buy nibbles and I’ve had many a lovely evening slurping my way through a bottle (shared, of course).
Gallachers also offer tasting events, and have a whole array of guests come in to talk all things wine, champagne and even gin. And for the fizz fans among us, they also do ‘bottomless lunch’ – something I’ve yet to try but essentially an hour-and-a-half of endless Prosecco and some food to line your stomach. At £30pp or £25pp for three or four people, it’s great value and sounds like a lovely to way to wile away an afternoon.
And finally, there’s the online shop. During lockdown Gallachers kept Rugby watered with their home delivery and collection service and it’s still going strong. They’re offering free delivery on orders over £30 to the local area, with a £5 delivery charge for orders under £30.
There’s lots there, and it’s brilliant to see them growing despite such a tough year for everyone. For more information visit their website. Or pop in and have a glass of wine….