Fin (1184) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | November 16, 2015
We visited Latitude on Saturday 14th November 2015. Latitude is about 4-5 mins walk from the station, I guess the easiest way to explain is head in the general direction of the Corn Exchange but you dip under the railway tracks and it is on The Calls. For those driving it has space for a couple of cars out the front. As you enter the shop the beers are immediately on your right on shelving on the outside wall, as a previous reviewer remarks the selection is focused mainly on local beers so Roosters, Northern Monk, Saltaire etc, however I thought it quite limited and a little disappointing and didn’t purchase, with Tall Boys and Little Leeds Beer House in the arcade and Corn Exchange both just a few minutes walk away I would be inclined to spend my money on a better choice there. However I don’t doubt for one minute that the wine and spirits selection here is very good, so if that was the primary purpose of your visit and you wanted to add a couple of bottles or cans of beer then I guess it is fine. I also found the interior a little cluttered.
A floor to ceiling trade wine shop located about a minute from Brew Dog Leeds underneath a rail archway in a semi-retail park kinda place.
The shelves of beer are located on your immediate right as you come in - although I nearly did a lap of the store before a susperating staff member pointed me back.
The selection was by my reckoning almost entirely Yorkshire and more than likely because they were all delivered direct from the Brewery’s themselves - Saltire, Yorkshire, Ilkley, WharfeBank (inc. Firestorm) and Kirkstall.
Pricing was a little up and down, but cheaper than the only other city centre bottle shop of note - Gerry’s beside North Bar - as they were selling Ilkley’s Longhorn for £4.30 rather than the £5 on the nose at Gerry’s. However they didn’t have the World’s End to partner with it which to me probably suggests they only got one of the two BA Imperials in rather than risking both? The Phoenix beers were £3 a go and I really should have checked RB before plunging, but they were the only oddity.
There was nothing massively rare, or fresh or American on my visit. The most stand out things were bigger Marble bottles - likely shelf turds more than anything else (Ginger and Bennet’s). No refrigeration and nothing worth venturing down for if you’re looking to top up from a visit post Brewdog or Friends of Ham.
Considering this was a month after the previous rating I’d hope to at least find some of the "International" numbers they might get amongst their wine importing but nothing that I could see - not even a single drop of London gear. Fairly disappointing, although the only plus is they didn’t have anything Macro and their spirit selection was tremendous - including some interesting Rums on for tasting.
ManVsBeer (2083) Hebden Bridge, England | April 2, 2014| Updated November 26, 2014
Underneath the railway arches a couple of hundred metres east of the main station in the city centre, this wine merchants gives over a enough shelf space for ales and lagers to provide a worthwhile selection for beer lovers to warrant a visit. The selection is largely Yorkshire based although there’s a number of international additions that are less commonly found in the UK, and a couple of US bottles that I bought were in fact the last available due to a current ban on commercial water use in California. They weren’t sure when they would be able to restock these. Prices are reasonable.