27 February 2024

Love Local with Salisbury Indies Month: Meet your independent business owners

Welcome to our Salisbury Indies Month blog where we will be showcasing some of the city’s amazing local independents.

Love Salisbury has teamed up with Salisbury BID to celebrate Indies Month and get our city of Independents noticed.

Here, on our Love Local blog, we will be putting faces to those local business names we all know and love. And introduce you to some new ones.

Follow this blog through our social media channels and listen to Salisbury Radio as Salisbury BID help us to shout about our local indies.


Gallery 21

Gallery 21 is an independent family-run business with over 38 years of experience in the art market.

Now a multi-award-winning art dealership, here at Love Salisbury we love Gallery 21’s impressive range of contemporary fine art.

Gallery 21 was awarded Fine Art Gallery of The Year (South) for 2020 and 2021 and has been nominated for 2022.

With an incredible exhibition space, the stand-alone gallery offers a diversity of artwork. Fine art for everyone at affordable prices.

Emma and Trevor Horswell at Gallery 21 have access to over 4,000 original works of art. Showcasing featured artists through a programme of monthly exhibitions, many with artists in attendance.

Emma and Trevor Horswell

“Whether you are looking for a statement work of art, adding to your existing collection or simply have an empty space that requires some added inspiration, we can help.

“From internationally-acclaimed artists, uniquely commissioned works or collectable limited editions, the G21 team pride themselves on finding the perfect artwork for your home. Artwork for every budget and interior style.

“With complimentary home approval, delivery, installation (local) and art consultation, our excellent range of services make for an enjoyable and stress-free purchase for your new art acquisition,” said Emma.

Find Gallery 21 on the Market Square at 20 Queen Street Guildhall, Salisbury SP1 1EY. 01722 445363.

Emma Horswell

The Old Ale and Coffee House

The Old Ale and Coffee House are one of the many great independent businesses in Salisbury but here at Love Salisbury, we love their unique pub, freshly made food, a sunny beer garden with quirky beach huts and their friendly staff.

The Old Ale and Coffee House add a bit of quirk to everything they do, whether it’s the garden hugs named Jago, Jabba and Jackson, the ping pong table in the garden, the phone booth inside the pub, the daily changing food specials, the wines supplied by Davys of London, the unsurpassed range of local and craft beers or the quirky photos and art that adorn the wall.

The Team at The Old Ale and Coffee House

“We’ve made something very unique,” said Ed Turner of Buff & Bear.

Only a hop away from Cathedral Close and the High Street, Old Ale and Coffee House is nestled among some of the other great Salisbury independents like Café Diwali, Sonder Coffee, Casa Fina, Regent Tailors and Captive World.

“We serve coffees and brunch from 10am, lunch and dinner through to 9pm. The pub is open till 10pm early week and 11pm on Thursday, Fridays and Saturday. Our Sunday roast is (we believe) the best in town.

“We host birthdays, wedding parties, dinners, drink parties and are one of the most popular Christmas party spots in town. We also have tasting events, live music on bank holidays and our Tuesday quiz has been full for the last 6 years!

“We think we’ve created a perfect pub – come down and give us a try,” added Ed.

Find The Old Ale and Coffee House on 80 Crane St, Salisbury SP1 2QD, call  01722 410541 to book a table or visit the website for more information.

Old Ale and Coffee House

Personnel Placements

Personnel Placements is an independent agency that has been working in the heart of our city-centre for over 35 years on Oatmeal Row.

The agency supports businesses with their recruitment and HR.

Lynne Rose, Managing Director at Personnel Placements said, “We care about the people that work as part of our team and about the people who come to us in search of support with their job search. This means listening and treating candidates and organisations as individuals – not numbers.

“We make sure we really get to know both the organisations and candidates we work with.”

Lynne says Personnel Placements love being a part of the Salisbury community and supporting local schools with careers and enterprise days.

“Members of our team also love to fundraise for Salisbury Hospitals Stars Appeal Charity,” added Lynne.

“We are a small team that is passionate about what we do and supporting local people and local business is at the heart of everything we do.”

If you’re looking for your dream job in Salisbury, or the right person to join your team, head on over to Personnel Placements on 20, Oatmeal Row, Salisbury SP1 1TH or give Lynne a call on 01722 334433.


Artisan Wine & Spirit Co.

Based in the heart of historic Salisbury on Winchester Street, Artisan Wine & Spirit Co. is a local bottle shop owned by Lizzie Coombes and Simon Hill.

Lizzie and Simon met while working for a wine merchant in Shropshire. Back then, they only dreamed of opening their own wine shop and 25 years later, their dream has come true in Salisbury.

Every wine (and spirit) stocked in Artisan Wine & Spirit Co. has been individually tasted and hand-selected by Lizzie and Simon to create one of the most interesting and exciting wine and spirit ranges in the country.

All of the bottles are selected from artisan producers who share their ethos: to create, source and deliver amazing wines to wine lovers looking for the ultimate in quality and value for money.

Artisan Wine and Spirit Co win Best Newcomer of the Year 2022 at the nationally recognised Drink Retailing Awards. Read more here.

Artisan Wine and Spirit Co. is an absolute treasure trove of wine and spirits – and you can even drink in! Buy a bottle, pay a small corkage and enjoy your carefully selected wine in their sunny window seat as you watch the world go by.

Keep an eye out for Artisan Wine and Spirit Co.’s popular events. From wine tastings and talks from experts from around the world to open-fire BBQs, perfect pairings, whisky workshops and gin and terrarium making – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Find Artisan Wine and Spirit Co. at 5 Winchester Street, Salisbury SP1 1HB. To get in touch, call Lizzie or Simon on 07455 226999.

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Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty