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Tap and Tipple offers wine and beer on tap to people from Norfolk and Suffolk




Reuse, reduce and refill is the motto of a mobile business set up to sell wine and beer on tap.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Matthew’s wine and beer service aims to be more environmentally-friendly. Pictures by Mark Bullimore Photography.
SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Matthew’s wine and beer service aims to be more environmentally-friendly. Pictures by Mark Bullimore Photography.

Years ago, it was common to have the milkman arrive on your doorstep every morning and swap your empty bottles for fresh milk.

Matthew Harrowven, from Gissing, does something similar – yet quite different.

Upon request, he delivers wine and local craft beer on tap to people’s doorsteps – arriving in his converted horse box.

Customers can order online and people within a 15-mile radius of Gissing receive free home delivery.
Customers can order online and people within a 15-mile radius of Gissing receive free home delivery.

Tap and Tipple was launched in October by the 31-year-old former wine buyer and his wife Lydia, who he met at the University of Brighton, where both were studying wine.

“I’ve been talking about wine on tap for a number of years now, because of the sustainable side of it as less glass is used,” said Matthew.

“It’s a more environmentally-friendly way of enjoying wine. We supply four wines at the moment and two local craft beers.”

Tap and Tipple offers wine and beer on tap to drink on site or to be filled into a glass bottle to enjoy at home.

“A lot of pubs are closing down and Lydia and I wanted to bring a little bit back to the community.

“The horse box was just a way to make it easily accessible to people as I wanted to get it into rural areas. It gets people talking and creates a social hub and it’s almost like the milkman or fish man that used to come around,” said Matthew.

In the future, he would like to see a Tap and Tipple network, offering the service in delis, farm shops and butchers.

“So far, people love the idea,” he said. “We just now need to get more businesses to sign up.”

Customers can order online, via their website or social media platforms, with people within a 15-mile radius of Gissing receiving free home delivery.



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