Located on Burton Road in West Didsbury, Sip will offer a range of hand-selected wines, complemented by a fresh and locally sourced menu.
With over 25 years’ experience in the restaurant and wine business, Sip owner and Didsbury resident Nick Yates has created a hybrid business that will make top quality wines affordable in a wine bar environment. Sip features an Enomatic wine dispensing system which will allow customers to try 24 different wines from the machines, offering small samples of top quality wines and a large by-the-glass range of a further 50 wines to enjoy in the wine bar or at takeout prices to take home.
Creating ten new full and part time jobs Sip will feature a website for online ordering and free local wine delivery. The wholesale arm of the business will sell direct to corporate and restaurant clients and Nick also plans to run in-store wine education events and gourmet food and wine tastings.
Nick says: “Securing the funding from BFS enabled us to refit our premises and to invest in technology like the wine dispensing system that will help to build Sip’s reputation as a real destination venue. Their support has also meant that we could fast track other valuable revenue generating streams including our online wholesale arm, enabling us to establish a presence in the market before we’ve even opened our doors.
“Having worked with restaurants and retailers all over the UK, when it came to creating my own business I wanted to combine the range and specialism of traditional wine shops with the relaxed and welcoming environment of a bar. We want to make exploring and enjoying wine a richer and more relaxed experience as well as delivering an interactive retail experience that offers information and inspiration for a night out or an evening in.”