Murray, proprietor of Humpers Off License has died suddenly at a much
too young age. Humpers was a frequent CAMRA Good Beer Guide entry over
the last 20 years and is Bristol's only off license to offer both
real ale and real cider. Michelle was celebrating 25 years in situ
and an article praising Humpers had been included in the current edtiion
of Pints West, which was already at the printers when the news broke.
text of the Pints West article is reproduced below:
Murray is celebrating 25 years at the helm of Humpers Off Licence in
Staple Hill this year. Sadly her husband Jim, who she originally ran it
with her, died some years ago, but she has continued with a thriving
business, in an area not particularly renowned for its real ale and
most off licences, Michelle concentrates on real ales and real ciders,
selling several of each a week, and in line with trends of increasing
consumption of these traditional products, she has continued to trade
successfully over this period of time. Unless I am mistaken, the only
other dedicated real ale and cider off licence in the last 25 years in
the Bristol area was one located in the Bedminster area near Ashton
Gate, home of Bristol City, but as I recall that this was a short-lived
a cider enthusiast myself, it is heartening to know that such is the
demand these days that she has had to bring in additional stock and
taken over some of the space previously used for wine to accommodate it.
A recent example on sale was the excellent Wilcox cider from Shipham,
which comes highly recommended.
those 25 years, Humpers has been in the Good Beer Guide for the majority
of that time, and has also featured in the Good Cider Guide and the Good
Bottled Beer Guide, which gives an indication of the consistency that
has been offered over the years.
a personal note, I’d like to congratulate Michelle on reaching this
magnificent milestone, and long may it continue!
is located at 26 Soundwell Road, Staple Hill, Bristol and can be
contacted on 0117 9565525."