Award-winning independent wine retailer Barrica Wines is behind Barrica in the Park, a new initiative bringing together the very best in Lancashire food, drink and artisans.
For five years, Barrica Wines traded successfully at Chorley’s Botany Bay before all the tenants were given three months’ notice due to redevelopment. Now, after a few months sharing space with Walton Summit’s Beer Brothers Brewery, Barrica Wines is returning to home turf in Chorley – but it’s not returning alone.
Jane Cuthbertson, Barrica Wines founder, explained: “We had the wonderful opportunity to take on part of the farmhouse buildings at Astley Hall and Park, but the space is too big for just beers, wines and spirits. So, we invited some friends to join us.”
The well-documented challenges of the high street make it tough for new retailers to gain a foothold in a competitive market. Jane sees the Astley Park site as a place where established local producers can share space with smaller producers who have neither the financial nor logistical clout to open independent shops. She is effectively creating a permanent food festival, which she is calling ‘Barrica in the Park.’
Already, Jane has around 20 local producers and artisans planning to join the project, with gin, beer, cheese, chutneys, jams, cakes, sauces, ice cream and chocolate all set to make Barrica in the Park a (literal) feast. It’s not all about food though
Jane Added: “There’s a wealth of talent in our area. We also have a photographer on board who specialises in local landscapes and nature, a lady who upcycles furniture into some amazing pieces, and an extremely gifted glass engraver.
“All the artisans will be committing to spending time on site, demonstrating their goods, talking to customers and holding workshops on the mezzanine.”
Barrica in the Park is set to launch in February 2020, but Jane is happy to hear from more artisans eager to share the space. She’s also contacting the North West media to help take her message further.
“Although the project is headed by Barrica Wines, I’d love that this should be a collaboration of small, local businesses for the benefit of us all,” said Jane. “After all, what’s the point in being somewhere like that if you don’t all work together and make each other stronger?”
Pics: Jane Cuthbertson and Nat Wells; Astley Hall and fountain; Astley Coach-house; Astley park farmhouse
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