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Oddbins...

Postby aero280 » February 1st, 2019, 5:15 pm

... in administration.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47085479

Bit of a blast from the past as far as I'm concerned. I can't remember seeing a shop lately, although there must be one around here. One of the first was near my first flat in London in the 1960's.
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby aero280 » February 1st, 2019, 5:21 pm

Just checked them out on line. They have been in trouble for years, it seems, and went into administration in 2011 before being bought out. Hardly any branches left. Almost nothing outside central London. The nearest ones to me are Hampstead or Oxford.
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby StokeySue » February 1st, 2019, 5:33 pm

There are a few shops around London, we lost ours during the last crisis, during which my fridnd’s son lost a surprisingly promising career

There’s a store at 1 Armoury Way Wandsworth where the A3 goes a bit weird that I occasionally visit, handy for my friend’s house

When driving I used to use the one in Crouch End a lot as I went past it, and the one in Islington when working and living there was my regular haunt, I keep my shoe cleaning material in a posh claret case Jake the manager gave me.

In the 60s I was in Hampshire where we had Augustus Barnett, later taken over by Oddbins.
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby earthmaiden » February 1st, 2019, 5:41 pm

I wonder what percentage of people buy everyday wine from anywhere but supermarkets these days?
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby StokeySue » February 1st, 2019, 5:52 pm

I was wondering that earthmaiden

Supermarket deliveries can’t have helped their cause

When I was a regular in Islington used to buy both everyday and special wines there - Jake found some good gifts for my Dad
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby Seatallan » February 2nd, 2019, 11:31 am

There was a branch near us for some years (it closed when they went into administration last time). In their hay-day we thought they were really good- knowledgeable staff, interesting (and reasonably priced) wine, etc- but things really went downhill towards the end. Mr S went in one day with the intention of buying a decent bottle of Barolo for his birthday and not only did they not stock any, the assistant had never heard of it.

As EM says, I expect few people buy wine from anywhere other than supermarkets these days. We do occasionally, but generally only at Christmas or other special occasions such as anniversaries.
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby Pepper Pig » February 2nd, 2019, 1:05 pm

earthmaiden wrote:I wonder what percentage of people buy everyday wine from anywhere but supermarkets these days?


We get a monthly delivery from Laithwates as we have done for the last twenty years or so.
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Postby Ratatouille » February 2nd, 2019, 1:15 pm

WE get most of ours either from the local wine co-ops or direct from the vinyards. but then we would wouldn't we :lol: :lol:

Oddbins have been in trouble for years so have Majestic.
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby slimpersoninside » February 2nd, 2019, 1:31 pm

Ratatouille wrote:Oddbins have been in trouble for years so have Majestic.


I hope Majestic don't go, that's where I buy the beer I like!
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby WWordsworth » February 2nd, 2019, 3:59 pm

I buy from Majestic and from Naked Wine
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby Herbidacious » February 2nd, 2019, 4:04 pm

Not seen one for ages. When we were house hunitng in 2001, awell-known chain (usually Threshers) off licence was deemed to be a sign of a 'good' area in London. By 2009, they'd mostly gone, and Costa became the new benchmark. I assumed it was a sign of the recession.

Independent upmarket (and a bit hipster) beer and wine places seem to be creeping back now, SE London, at least. There are, amazingly, two in Sydenham (there were no off licenses when we bought our house, and there are still no chain coffee places.) Of no interest to me though... ;)
We lost or Co-Op two years ago (preoprty still vacant complete with old shop 'furniture') so the only other (reliable) place to buy wine on the way home from the station, which I guess is what people do, is a tiny Tesco Metro in one direction and a titchy Sainsbury' local in the other (there is always a queue of people clutching bottles 6.30-7.30p.m. in both of these.) These new wine/beer shops are very well located for this sort of booze shopping. I wonder if they will survive Brexit. I guess not, if that catapults us into high inflation.
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby Seatallan » February 2nd, 2019, 4:48 pm

Herbidacious wrote:Independent upmarket (and a bit hipster) beer and wine places seem to be creeping back now


Indeed! We have two excellent local ones:

https://www.tastinghouse.co.uk/
http://thegrumpygoat.co.uk/

Both well worth visiting if you happen to be in Reading. :D :cocktail:
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby Busybee » February 2nd, 2019, 4:59 pm

We use a local independent grocer and wine merchant

https://www.lewisandcooper.co.uk/northallerton-store

I first used them when I was looking for a particular wine and because the sommelier was so good I have always gone back. We really don’t drink much wine so don’t mind paying a bit more for my favourite. Rag and Bone Riesling if anyone’s is interested.

We also have an independent off licence but to be honest the staff are pretty clueless but they stock basic wines and spirits. I think because we are a distance from supermarkets we do tend to have a few more independent choices.

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Re: Oddbins...

Postby StokeySue » February 2nd, 2019, 7:49 pm

What used to be the Oddbins store is now a branch of Borough Wines, very hipster

I have mixed success there, my chum always does well

https://boroughwines.co.uk/
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Re: Oddbins...

Postby Herbidacious » February 3rd, 2019, 2:56 pm

We have this near Sydenham station:

http://www.bobwines.co.uk/
Wearing its hipster credentials on its logo/face.

The Crystal Palace branch is not really in Crystal Palace (or, Upper Norwood if you want to be pedantic) at all. It's just a wannabe CP-er. CP is now too achingly trendy to be affordable...

There is also BottleCave on the high street.
https://twitter.com/bottlecave?lang=en

We also have beer in the community centre, but that's slightly different:

https://ignition.beer/
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