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 in Harrogate and Collingham. Behind the scenes, we supply a number of local shops, restaurants and delicatessens under the trading name of Spen Valley Wines.


Our team has 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. 

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Phil Probert is the friendly face of A&H Collingham, our retail manager has spent the last ten years working for a range of independent wine stores across Yorkshire. Father of two, baker of bread, fan of affordable fizz, Rhone reds, writer of blogs and sweeper of floors if he can't find something tasty to go in your glass on a Friday night it doesn't exist

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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 us laugh with his dry Aussie wit.

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Nichola Bottomley is our part-time retail specialist with a key role in finding new and exciting beer and spirits for our shelves. Friendly and knowledgeable in store, she also plays an active part in our social media channels and is a founding member of Women on Tap. 

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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 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.


As active members of the Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce. Our Finance Director, Tara Stagman, is on the current Harrogate Chamber Management Committee. 


We're also an active member of the Federation of Small Businesses.


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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