The story of the Garstang wine shop which isn’t allowed to sell alcohol

Co-owners Alex Buxton and Emma Bailie, of the Aged in Oak Wine Company
Co-owners Alex Buxton and Emma Bailie, of the Aged in Oak Wine Company
Share this article
0
Have your say

Did you hear the one about the wine shop which couldn’t sell alcohol?

Well it’s no laughing matter for Aged in Oak Wine Company owners Emma Bailey and Alex Buxton after they discovered a long-forgotten covenant which has halted their business.

Garstang wine company Aged in Oak owners Emma Bailey, far right, and Alex Buxton, second from right, with two of their wine suppliers from California.

Garstang wine company Aged in Oak owners Emma Bailey, far right, and Alex Buxton, second from right, with two of their wine suppliers from California.

Business in Garstang was going so well, the partners decided they wanted to buy 21 Market Place after originally renting. But after their solicitors dug into the property’s history they uncovered the hangover from hell.

Now forced to move out, the couple say they’re baffled by their discovery.

Emma said: “We’ve been here for four years and we’ve really been embraced by the community and have a really lovely customer base.

“Things were going really well so we thought it would be better paying in to a mortgage rather than rent and so looked into buying the place.

Aged in Oak Wine Company in Garstang

Aged in Oak Wine Company in Garstang

“That’s when we discovered the covenant.”

Other top stories - Pensioner not guilty of death by dangerous driving

Emma and Alex hired Blackburn solicitors Farley’s and one of its lawyers found the covenant after a “thorough search”.

“We had to stop trading straight away and closed two weeks ago as we look to move somewhere else,” Emma said. “It’s so strange - the one thing that could get in the way of our business just happens to exist over our building.

“We don’t want to move away from Garstang and we’re looking for somewhere else on High Street.”

Landlord of the property, 83-year-old Gerald Moore from Preston, says he wasn’t aware of the covenant.

He said: “It was a big surprise to me! I bought the property 40 years ago and used it as an opticians. I’m sad to see them go because we always got on really well and I wish them the best of luck in their new venture.”

Other top stories - Lancashire doctor found guilty of £24k NHS fraud