Telephone: 01460 30282
Newly in stock:
Delicious ready-to-go Salad Pots – various combinations – 95p each
Thorncombe Shop – wine, beer, cider and spirits
Well, we may be a small village Shop tucked away in a rather remote part of West Dorset but we can, we believe, offer a remarkable range of wines, beers, ciders and spirits!
Let us start with the wine that we offer. Our aim is to only stock a reasonably. small range of wine and within that range to focus on delivering real quality and value. Our ambition is to have at least four red wines, four white wines and a rosé in stock. Prices for our everyday range start at £6.99 and go up to £8.99. Yes, we are aware that the supermarkets will have cheaper wine but we believe that, working with our respected Dorset based wine merchant, we can offer great quality at a decent price. Highlights include a white Sauvignon Blanc and red Syrah from South Africa under the “False Bay” label. If you like organic white wine try the Da Vero wine using the Catarratto grape.
We also focus strongly on English wine from Furleigh Estates – a vineyard situated only about ten miles from the Shop. In recent years the quality of their product has increased hugely. Their sparkling English wine is superb as is the West Dorset Chardonnay (£12.50) and Sea Pink rosé (£11.50). One of the real stars of the show, however, is the Bacchus Dry – a firm favorite with many customers. English wine is never cheap but for that special occasion many view it as being difficult to beat.
Furleigh Estates may be ten miles from the shop but the Gyle 59 beer is brewed only about one mile from the shop! No excessive transport cost here! Gyle 59 produces a wide range of craft beers of varying styles and has built up a strong following over the last couple of years or so. The beer sells for £2.90 for a 500ml bottle. Axminster cider is another clear winner and is becoming a firm favorite with many. A range of Thatchers cider is also stocked.
Finally, we do stock a small range of spirits and we are particularly proud of the Black Cow vodka – also produced in Dorset, reasonably close to us. Yes, it is produced from milk! When we last price checked we were selling it for less than the price in Tesco’s! Black Cow do (at certain times of the year) produce special versions of their vodka – do watch out for them!
So, to sum up we can supply both everyday and “special occasion” wines supplemented by great local beer and cider and an amazingly interesting local vodka!
If we are not stocking exactly what you want just send me an e-mail I will try my best to get it for you.
Delivery can be arranged – just phone the shop on 01460 30282
We plan to provide regular information about selected suppliers to the Shop.
Mark Wong, the founder of IMPOSSIBREW, has been on quite a journey over the last couple of years, which came to an exciting milestone when he appeared on the first episode of this year’s (2022) Dragon’s Den on BBC TV. Mark had an exciting investment prospect with a unique, Alcohol-free lager and Pale Ale. Not just another AF beer but one that promised some of the positive side effects of alcohol (‘a chilling out’ effect and an alcohol-free ‘buzz’ from some super food ingredients).
IT ALL BEGAN WITH A LOVE OF BEER
Mark loves beer. He loved it so much that he started studying alcohol professionally the moment he turned 18. His passion for complex flavours led him to become one of the highest scoring French Wine Scholars.
AN UNEXPECTED EVENT
One day he received worrying news about his health and he was advised to stop drinking. He missed the experience of drinking but none of the alcohol alternatives did it for him.
THE SEARCH FOR AN ALTERNATIVE
Mark began searching for a healthy, relaxing alternative that is more than just ‘alcohol-free’. During a research project, he came across the Kissa Yojoki – published in 1211 AD Japan. It detailed how his ancestors were using herbs for their effects on the body and mind.
SUPPORT & SCEPTICISM
Mark enlisted help from various experts but many thought his project was impossible. In the end, Dr Paul Chazot, FBPhs, a world-leading biosciences professor at Durham University, supported his vision, bringing decades of experience to the team.
THE IMPOSSIBREW So, Mark set up a team and started brewing in his kitchen. Though it wasn’t pretty, they managed to win several start-up competitions – and with the prize money and his own savings, IMPOSSIBREW was born.
We are defined by our mentality to make the impossible possible – finding new ways to unwind, without alcohol.
THE DRAGON’S DEN EFFECT
Once in the Den there was great interest from the Dragons but as is sometimes the case, a great idea passes the Dragons by – and, lo and behold, the viewers started voting with their feet or, to be more precise, with their fingers on the button of an on-line store and, before he knew it, Mark’s next day delivery increased to several weeks due to huge demand. Lead times for online orders are starting to come down again but you don’t have to wait weeks to try these exciting and refreshingly different beers as you can buy your own supplies from our very own Thorncombe community-run village shop!
As the first retail outlet in the Southwest and with Mark’s direct support and encouragement, we are very excited to be part of his future expansion into retail stores.
Come and grab a few cans today and see for yourself why Mark is getting so many positive reviews for his ‘Enhanced’ beers.
Visiting Thorncombe for a Short Break? Just give us a call and we can make up a delicious food hamper ready for you.
A seasonal choice of fresh fruit, salad and vegetables are always available in store. We have daily deliveries ensuring produce is in peak condition.
We aim to stock as much locally-produced food as possible, saving on food miles and giving you the chance to have the freshest and best food available.
Our local Sadborow Pheasant and Venison is in stock in season, as well as Forde Abbey strawberries.
Our milk is delivered daily from Sutton Lucy Dairy near Honiton, and we stock traditional Free-Range eggs supplied by Dart Fresh straight from Cornwall.
Our bread comes from Evershot Bakery a local artisan baker, baking bread for over 150 years. We have daily deliveries and will happily take orders. Evershot Bakery offers a wonderful selection of specialist artisan breads such as spelt, French Sticks, Speckle loaves and wholemeal. Their cobber is one of our most popular loaves.
We also have bread from Shaldon Bakery in Devon, a craft bakery in Devon. Their bread and buns receive rave reviews, especially in Thorncombe! Buns are delivered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
“Using traditional slate bed peel ovens and techniques honed over 30 years in the industry is what makes this bakery special”
We always stock a good range of locally produced Moores Biscuits
Totally irresistible, and great for gifts.
We sell fresh and frozen meats as well as succulent meat products such as pies and pasties.
One of our most popular lines is locally-produced Budleigh Salterton Pate, utterly delicious on crackers or toast, as a starter or just lunch. Why not give it a try?
We stock all your tinned essentials as well as baking goods – a wide range of different flours for bread-making, nuts, dried fruit and various sugars. Our own-branded goods offer customers greater value.
We also offer a wide range of pet foods as well as cleaning products, batteries and firelighters.
We have a wide stock of car products such as packs of spare bulbs and headlight deflectors for driving abroad, as well as wash leathers.
We have an extensive range of cleaning products:
Come in and see our range of seasonal products –
- buckets and spades
- fly sprays
- slug pellets
And of course dog leads, chews and balls.
We stock compost in the spring and often have a range of plants for sale.
Want a tea or coffee that is something special?
Call in to see our great range of Miles, Twinings and other teas.
Come in and try our selection of Ice Creams produced by local producers Salcombe Dairy and Marshfield .
Wines, Beers and Ciders
We pride ourselves on offering an excellent selection of value for money wines.
We aim to have both a quality red and white priced at affordable prices. The red will frequently come from South Africa or South America and the white is likely to be from Spain or Italy.
We carry limited stocks of wine enabling a regular changeover in choice.
This year’s new stock has arrived:
come in and have a look!
We are proud of our extensive range of beers. Our very own local Gyle 59 is always popular.
We have a wide and tempting range of savoury biscuits and snacks.
Occasions Cards, Magazines and Papers
We offer a large range of many occasions Cards in the shop. Magazines and Newspapers can be ordered for collection to guarantee you get the paper you want. Alternatively pop in and grab one from the shelf.
We also sell locally created cards and paintings at reasonable prices.
As well as all these delicious products we offer a wide range of services :
- Buy your Air Ambulance Lottery tickets here.
Derek’s Watch and Clock Clinic
Bring in your old watches or clocks that haven’t worked for years, every Saturday morning from 9.30-11. Batteries and straps replaced. No fees, just donations to the shop.
Sit in comfort with a coffee while Derek fixes your watch.
Local Fish Man “Phil the Fish ” parks his van outside the shop every Tuesday from 12.00pm to 12.30pm.
Phil always has an exciting choice of fresh fish