Like a Fine Wine: A Vintage Year for Mitchell’s
Mitchell’s Wine Merchants is an integral part of Sheffield’s retail community, and their name has been known in Meadowhead for 85 years.
The store is run by John Mitchell and his daughter Frankie, who is the third generation of the family to do so. Mitchell’s grandfather was a publican at the George IV pub on Infirmary Road when he sent his son, Dennis, to Henry Fanshawe School in Dronfield. On his journey in to school, a row of shops in Meadowhead caught Dennis’ eye, and he went on to be an apprentice butcher before eventually opening his own butchers there in 1935. In 1961, the family moved out of the living quarters inside the shop and Mitchell’s father refurbished it into a beer off, later to become the wine merchants it is today, thereby opening a new chapter in the life of the family.
Sheffield runs in Mitchell’s blood, and the family really are built into the brickwork of the city. His great-grandfather, Henry Sampson, owned a pub back in the 1860s called Adelphi, which was where Sheffield Wednesday and Yorkshire Cricket were founded. The pub was pulled down in 1970 and replaced by the famous Crucible theatre, and even further back down their line of Steel City ancestors is Thomas Boulsover who invented the Sheffield plate.
The merchants are highly regarded throughout Yorkshire, winning a huge number of awards including Wine Merchant of the Year twice, as well as the same in the beer and spirit categories. The heavily stocked cabinets feature more than 1000 wines, 600 whiskeys, and 1000 beers in total – 500 of which are craft brews. It also holds an impressive selection of Havana cigars, being the second largest retailer of this product in the north.
From starting as a small family business to most recently delivering far and wide, Mitchell’s continues to achieve. Sending out 100 deliveries a week both locally and nationally, they have made it easier for everyone to try their wines, bringing the fun straight to your doorstep. With such an illustrious history and unique array of products, Mitchell’s place in Sheffield is firmly secured, and he hopes that the family will continue to bring some of life’s biggest pleasures to the locals of the city for more generations to come.