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About us

Thomas Peatling … then

Thomas Peatling, a Bury St. Edmunds man, started a wine and spirit business partnership with a Mr Hepplewhite in 1826 at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. By 1830, Smith, Brown & Peatling had established branches at Bedford and St. Ives. Later Brown dropped out and the company became known as Thos. Peatling & Sons.

At the beginning of the present century, Peatlings acquired an old business in Kings Lynn and in 1911 took over the spacious cellars of Aplin Robinson & Percival. They then became agents to Greene King & Sons of Bury St. Edmunds with whom they joined forces in 1934.

A further addition to this alliance was Herbert Cawdrons wine and spirit business at nearby Wells-on-Sea in 1954, followed in 1957 by H.A. Tidnam of Wisbech, renowned particularly for its Port trade and with strong House of Commons connections.

The company then trading as Peatling & Cawdron incorporated several other small businesses before reverting to its original name of Thos. Peatling in 1988.

In 2000, Nicholas Corke, having spent 17 years employment at Greene King, led the current Thomas Peatling team in a management buy out returning Thomas Peatling to independent family run ownership and completing the circle.

Thomas Peatling … now

Carrying on with tradition, today you will find a great collection of fine and rare wines, selected after careful tasting. You will also discover a wide range of fortified wines, spirits and Greene King Beer.

Nicholas and the team pride themselves in providing a friendly and knowledgeable service to satisfy any budget and taste.

The team also provides special services for external events and work with a number of restaurateurs and hoteliers.

Meet the team

Nicholas Corke

Favourite grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Favourite country: France
Wine to die for: Chateau Lafitte 1982
Favourite food: Anything barbecued properly
Favourite wine trip: Rioja

Emma Corke

Favourite grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Favourite country: France
Wine to die for: Chateau Latour
Favourite food: Avocado Pears
Favourite wine trip: Bordeaux

Christopher Batten

Favourite grape variety: Pinot Noir
Favourite country: New Zealand
Wine to die for: Old red Burgundy
Favourite food: Roquefort served with figs marinated in honey
Favourite wine trip: Venice

Stella Bellamy

Favourite grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Favourite country: Greece
Wine to die for: Bollinger
Favourite food: Cheese and crackers
Favourite wine trip: Carcasonne

 

Scott Stevens

Favourite grape variety: Zinfandel
Favourite country: Canada
Wine to die for: Peter Michael Point Rouge Chardonnay
Favourite food: Tournedos Rossini
Favourite wine trip: Tasmania