The Old Bridge is an eighteenth century hotel in Huntingdon, a few miles north of Cambridge. Within the hotel is a wine shop.
It runs like any other shop but with the advantages of an on-site restaurant; being open 9am-10pm daily; having a great tasting set up (see 'Shop Tastings'
We are able to offer both everyday drinking and some of the world’s rarest wines which are often made in tiny quantities and only sold to restaurants. Unlike normal merchants, we cellar our fine wines until ready to drink. This website also lists some of the many wines we have bought in advance, which we will list in the restaurant when mature. The restaurant at the Old Bridge has twice won the AA award for best UK wine list.
The Hotel and Wine Shop are owned by John Hoskins MW. John became a Master of Wine in 1994 (the same year he bought the hotel) winning the Bollinger Medal for the best tasting result. He is now in charge of the MW exam. His office is at the back of the shop so you can catch him there when around - and you can book him for tutored tastings in the hotel.
Shop Manager Jess Puckering is from Huntingdon (hurrah!). Jess's first career was as a restaurant manager before starting in the wine shop in 2014. She has passed her Wine and Spirit Education Trust Intermediate and Advanced exams and is now half way through her Diploma. She enjoys almost all wine styles, but has always been a great devotee of fine Champagne!
Liz Pendered runs the shop on most weekday mornings, as well as overseeing much general Huntsbridge admin. LIz and husband Andrew are big claret fans, summer holidays invariably being spent in the south west of France. However she has been known to drink other red wine when it's really excellent...
Peter Foran joined the team in January 2012, working in the shop several sessions a week. After 30 years with the RAF, wine seems like a much more civilised occupation, especially for someone also renovating a house in southern Burgundy.
Shop Manager Rob Turner was brought up in Salisbury and studied Fine Art at Southampton University. He joined The Old Bridge restaurant team, before we dragged him into the shop when his enthusiasm for wine became so clear. Rob is a wine crusader, always keen to try the next best thing. Like Jess, he is currently doing his WSET Diploma.
Jake Bennett-Day joined the team in 2017.
At The Old Bridge Wine Shop we have some very simple aims: to be friendly and helpful; and to stay open-minded about wine. We all believe that the most exciting wine is the next one we are about to try. We hope to introduce you to new and interesting bottles, at all price levels.