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Carruthers & Kent is a specialist wine and bottle shop, deli, wine bar and venue for events and wine classes, owned and run by Claire and Mo. We started out on different paths, Claire as a graphic designer and Mo as a political economist. Claire segued into wine working for Oddbins and Mo via the business itself. In our previous incarnations, we travelled widely, particularly thriving on the Continental vibe in Europe, discovering how movements like ‘slow food’ were having a positive impact on local communities. Most importantly we discovered the magic of enoteca’s operating throughout Italy and our ambition to set up our own business crystallised. Some wine qualifications and a lot of hard work later, Carruthers & Kent arrived in Newcastle.

UK Independent Wine Merchant of the Year 2019 

Wine Direct

Fast forward to the present day, where in our enoteca in Gosforth, we share our passion and enthusiasm for fine wine and food with our neighbourhood and beyond. We have poured our love of interesting people, places and beautiful things into our lovely little store . We concentrate on personal, knowledgeable service and there is no better place to learn about wine or try something new. All of this can be enjoyed in a cosy, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If you want something different, we enjoy searching it out for you. If you want recommendations just ask us or our team. See us as your trustworthy wine-loving friends, right on or delivering to, your doorstep.


In October 2021, we were absolutely delighted to be named as ‘Best Local Wine Shop runner up’ for 2021 in the Decanter Retailer Awards.

This year’s edition was a highly competitive year with a record number of entries, hailing from retailers located across the UK, including Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and 23 counties in England.


We are delighted to be selected as a finalist for ‘Regional Merchant of the Year Northern England’ in the IWC Merchant Awards UK 2022.

The winner the award will be announced on 7th July at the IWC celebratory event at The Hurlingham Club in London.