01423 566009

Phone number for Harrogate store

About Us

Meet the Ake & Humphris team

Set up in 2010, we are independent wine and beer specialists based in Yorkshire. We really care about providing an excellent service to our customers, choosing products of a high standard in both quality and value.


Walk in to our shops to receive friendly service and expert advice seven days a week in Harrogate and from Tuesday to Saturday in Collingham. Behind the scenes, we supply a number of local shops, restaurants and delicatessens under the trading name of Spen Valley Wines.


Our team have a wealth of experience in the world of wine and beer, not only in the recreational sense!


Paul Auty manages our retail team, bringing years of experience in the industry (many at Oddbins) with him to ensure our customers get the most out of visiting us. He has a passion for whisky, music and South American wine. Catch him talking perfect wines to pair with food on the Stray FM food & drink show at 7pm on Thursdays.

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Phil Probert is the smiling face of A&H Harrogate, our retail manager who has extensive knowledge of the world of wine, including running events to share his passion for great wine and craft ale with others, one bottle at a time. His aim is to help other wine lovers to get more out of their glass and choose a better bottle every time! 

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Des Tinline brings a wealth of wine knowledge to the team, his favourite grape being Riesling without a doubt. His extensive wine knowledge will help you track down exactly what you're looking for; if it's not on our shelves, he's happy to dig around and see if he can get hold of it!

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Barry Leal is our Business Devlopment manager, hailing from all the way over on the East Coast of Australia. His specialist subjects are rugby, cricket and beer! When he's not out on his Spen Valley wine rounds, you may catch him in store making the rest of the team laugh with his dry Aussie wit.

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Tara Stagman is the voice of Ake & Humphris on Twitter and Facebook, working behind the scenes as finance and marketing director. She is also on the management committee of the Harrogate Chamber of Commerce and runs local monthly In Group networking meetings. She's a big fan of Chardonnay and single malt whisky too.

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Martin Jeffery is the man who can when it comes to finding fabulous wines and beers at excellent prices. Founder of Spen Valley Wines and now Managing Director of our retail and wholesale business, he is the man to speak to if you're looking for a knowledgeable local supplier of wine and beer in any quantity!

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The family members behind the name - Shirley Ake, Edward Ake & Jonathan Humphris - are all involved behind the scenes. You may spot them in the A&H RAV4.


Archie, our excellent shop dog, always has a friendly tail wag when he accompanies Barry on his travels.

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Telephone: 01423 566009

Email: harrogate@akeandhumphris.co.uk

Local Network

We are active members of the local Chamber of Commerce and belong to the Harrogate InGroup Business Network.

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