The Great Wine Company shop has been nestled at the bottom of the Wells Road for almost 30 years, but remains a true find for those who turn into the car park. Described by customers as an Aladdin’s cave of wines and spirits (or an adult sweet shop) the shop holds over 1,000 wines and 450 spirits with new discoveries on every visit. We love its modern, friendly approach, backed up by old-fashioned service and advice. Wines and spirits are always open to taste, and experienced staff are great at finding the perfect wine for you at any budget. More recently, the company has become a specialist agent/importer for some of the world’s great wines, including Trimbach, Planeta, Ken Forrester and Seresin. Prices at every level are competitive and there’s always a good selection of special offers. Watch out for the bin-ends for the best bargains. The website and mail-order service is just as good for those further afield. You’ll find many of the company’s wares in Bath’s best restaurants, hotels and pubs, and it also supplies Bath Rugby.