While some businesses are struggling in the year of Covid, one Truro shop has not only expanded but it now planning on opening a bar.
Almost everyone likes beer which probably explains why Red Elephant Beer Cellar has moved from its crammed and tiny former shop in Quay Street to expansive new premises right beside Truro Cathedral at High Cross.
Founded in 2013, Red Elephant’s goal was to enrich customers with mouth-watering quality beers, while providing an exceptional level of customer service and support.
The team – James Mills, Dom Lilly and Alan Westaway – proved such a success in all of those criteria that a week ago they opened the much larger shop in the city centre.
Now plans are under way for a bar and seating in the shop – so not only will you be able take your cans home, you’ll be able to savour them on the premises too, licensing willing.
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The great selling point about Red Elephant is it’s a shop window for some of the great craft beer brewers that have popped up in Cornwall in recent years.
So the fridges are stocked with Verdant from Falmouth (including their own collaborative Red Elephant IPA), Firebrand from Launceston, Padstow Brewing Company, Woodman’s Wild Ale from Truro and Pipeline from St Agnes. There are flavours and strengths to suit all palates.
There is also a great range of world beers too, including some massive Belgian varieties. And we mean massive – you should see the size of the bottles.
With gin still being all the rage, there is a large stock of Cornish distillers too, and ciders. It’s your one-stop shop for booze basically.
James said: “It’s been a great first week – footfall is terrific here. The plan is to get licence approval for a tap wall and seating. So we will offer both a takeaway and drink-in service.”