An exciting new addition to Cornwall’s food and drink scene has just opened its doors on the Chenoweth Business Park, Ruan High Lanes. The Old Garage, founded by Lucy and Julian Chenoweth, held an exclusive launch evening on Thursday 29 August, before officially welcoming its first customers the following day. We were so excited to be involved with the event and what a success it was!
The Old Garage’s launch event saw over 70 guests from across Cornwall in attendance, including some of the region’s top business people, members of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, restaurant owners and local bloggers.
Lucy Chenoweth, Co-Founder of The Old Garage comments: “Our launch event was a tremendous success and it was brilliant to receive such positive feedback from the guests. We will continue to work with suppliers and producers to ensure that there is something for everybody on The Old Garage’s impressive, eclectic wine list.
At The Old Garage, we welcome all wine lovers to come and try our products or to simply have a chat about all things wine. Whatever the occasion, we will have a bottle for it. In fact, if there’s something specific our customers enjoy, we’re open to adapting our stock and encourage our customers to let us know!”
Kim Conchie, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce comments: “I thoroughly enjoyed attending The Old Garage launch event. It was great to see so many individuals from the local business community coming together to support the opening of a new and exciting business. I wish Lucy and Julian and all the staff at The Old Garage the very best of luck with their future endeavours.”
The Old Garage is set to delight customers with its vast selection of wines, alongside outstanding customer service. With a vision to become renowned as one of the leading independent wine shops in the UK, The Old Garage boasts an expansive collection of wines from across the globe, perfect for every occasion.
Wines sampled by guests at the launch event included a Paltrinieri Solco            Lambrusco – a sparkling chilled red (a favourite among the attendees which sold out within an hour of the opening), a Valle Reale Trebbiano – a classic fresh and fruity white Italian wine, and a Malibran col Fondo – a prosecco style wine which is re-fermented in the bottle.
Popular sell outs also included Franco Mondo Barbera d’Asti – a deep, rich plum-y red with hints of leather, along with a classic Sauvignon Blanc, Bauer.
Guests also enjoyed tucking into delicious deli products including oak smoked tomatoes from the popular Tomato Stall range produced in the Isle of Wight – a game-changing taste. Not to forget, Snowdonia Cheeses from Wales including its Amber Mist and award-winning Black Bomber.
The new store also boasts an expansive selection of charcuterie products from around the globe – from Delabole’s Deli Farm Charcuterie to Bocchi Lucedio’s whole salames and strolghini meats- imported directly from the producer in Italy.
Brimming with a passion and dedication to provide the best experience, it is Lucy and Julian’s mission to bring the most exceptional wines from across the globe to its store. The couple both hold a WSET Level 2 (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) qualification, passing with merit and distinction. Alongside this, the pair have developed their extensive knowledge of wine by having visited some of the world’s top dining establishments, using this knowledge to bring an exciting new wine experience to Cornwall.
Outstanding customer service is at the heart of The Old Garage. Customers can find their perfect wine in a friendly and relaxing environment. Every customer will have a bespoke record, detailing their buying history including likes and dislikes so that The Old Garage can help individuals choose the perfect bottle according to taste for themselves, or as a gift for a family member, friend or colleague.
As an innovative business, The Old Garage prides itself on being flag fliers for the small independent producers who craft wines that knock the socks off of larger competitors.