Do you love natural wine and cider? Do you love real British cheese? And do you love sustainably sourced coffee? If so, Paris Street’s newest addition Pullo is most definitely the shop for you.
For this week’s #FinditinExeter we chatted with owners Mirjam and Alex on the one-week birthday of their independent and ethical food and drink venture in the city.
Pullo opened just last week in its chilled out, contemporary space, and specialises in natural wine and cider. ‘Natural’ meaning the wine is only made from grapes and the cider is only made from apples – which are in fact nearly impossible to find down a common supermarket beverage aisle. The shop also stocks a hand-selected array of champagne and sparkling wines, Neal’s Yard Dairy cheeses, loose leaf tea and sourdough bread from St Sidwell’s Bakery, alongside serving up single origin coffee, wine tasters, by the glass and bottle, and snacks including homemade cakes and toasties. So, while you’re contemplating which bottle to take home with you this time, you can sit down at their large, communal table and try before you buy. Every Saturday Pullo will also host a ‘Themed Tasting’; with a few bottles of tipple will be open for customers to taste and compare.
Mirjam and Alex are joined by Giovanni, the team of three together running Pullo, having first met in London. Mirjam is originally from Finland, Alex is from Yorkshire and Giovanni is from Sicily. When life in the capital hit time up, a desire to live by the sea then brought the trio to Devon.
Mirjam, Alex and Giovanni have all worked in the food and drink industry prior to opening their shop. Sharing a huge passion for sustainable produce, they wanted to both work together and bring together what they loved. This equalled Pullo.
Pullo supports producers that promote sustainability and biodiversity in the vineyard, in the orchard, on the farm and in the plantation. They source from small producers across the world, including the UK, which care for both their community and the planet. Whichever product you treat yourself too, Mirjam, Alex and Giovanni will be able to name the producer and tell you exactly where and how it was made!
Keep your eyes peeled for exclusive pop-up events in the New Year, including wine tastings and guest chefs. But in the mean time, Pullo is open Tuesday – Saturday 10:30am – 6:30pm. So leave work on time and head to Paris Street for a quick glass on the way home, or grab a bottle and some cheese to have after dinner if you’d rather.
…And in case you were wondering, Pullo is Finnish for bottle – how apt for the shop that’s shelves are lined with bottles.