Our Story

FE Davy 1st generation

1870 FE Davy opened the Rising Sun in the Strand, known as a wine house. Several more establishments followed. Growing wine sales to west end hotels led to wine merchants head quarters being established in Barking below the Spotted Dog wine house.

1902 Rising Sun demolished. Other wine houses and wine shops thrived. Davy’s own labels introduced for wines and spirits.

JHH Davy 2nd generation

1914 – 1918 World War One

Davy’s in addition to purveying wines and spirits, became noted shippers of bulk port to the UK.

1926 The General Strike

SJE Davy 3rd generation

1939 – 1945 World War Two

Under the leadership of SJE Davy the business survived the war years. A number of premises were lost during the war leading to additions outside London such as the White Hart Hotel in Exeter (owned and run by the Davy family from 1943 to 2000).

Customers had to bring their own glasses during the war.

Wine Houses, Wine Shops, Wine Merchants with also some agency business.

JSV Davy Chairman 4th generation

1964 Birth of the Wine Bar, thanks to 4th generation John Davy. He opened the Boot & Flogger near London Bridge offering a wide selection of fine wines served by the glass, accompanied by a quality selection of food such as cold cuts of meat and fish, pates, and cheeses.

1970 Davy’s Wine Merchants moved from Barking to Greenwich as wine interest via Wine Bars grew and larger premises were required.

1970’s wine shops sold to allow concentration on openings of Davy’s wine bars in the City of London.

1980 Wine Bars expanded into West End of London starting with newly refurbished Covent Garden.

1985 Davy’s Wine Shop opened by the cellars in Greenwich as customers queued to buy Davy’s own label wines.

1990 Despite ever growing competition, expansion continued as Davy’s offer of simple quality fayre with good wine and excellent service was very much in demand.

James Davy Chairman 5th generation.

1997 The wine merchanting side of the business that had been committed to supplying Davy’s Wine Bars for over thirty years branched out again, expanding online retailing and direct sales, adding a private cellars division, offering en primeur and growing fine wine sales to blue chip institutions.

2015 Davy’s purchased the famous Fleet Street based wine merchants, El Vino.

Today, Davy’s Wine Bars maintain the family values of excellent wine, quality food and outstanding service. To find out more about our food and wine menus, please click here.