Berry Bros & Rudd
Time Out says
Tue Nov 30 1999
Visit Berry at least once, just to sniff the history. The company has been selling wine here since William III was king (that’s late 17th century, for anyone not up on their history), and the cellars are ancient.
Berry’s impressive list of discerning patrons includes Lord Byron, William Pitt and Queen Elizabeth II (though probably not personally), all drawn by the heady atmosphere, highly knowledgeable staff and consistently high-quality wines – the shop excels at the traditional favourites of the well heeled, albeit with prices to match.
There’s ample choice under £10, however, and its own-label wines (clarets especially) are superb. And despite the shop’s heritage (and appealingly creaky floorboards), the brand makes an effort to stay completely up-to-date with innovations in the wine trade.
Berry Bros & Rudd 3 St James's Street