Terms & Conditions

We believe that our store policies should be fair, clear and transparent. Below you’ll find a list of all our policies. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for - please contact us.


About us

In these Terms, references to “The Bottleneck” “we” or “us” are to The Bottleneck of 7-9 Charlotte Street, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1LR. 


Contract creation

The placing of an order on our website does not constitute a contract. For the avoidance of doubt, a contract is not formed at the point in time that payment has been taken from you by The Bottleneck nor at the point when you receive an email confirmation from us. We reserve the right to cancel or amend your order, this may be due to: 

  • The product(s) you ordered being unavailable from stock

  • Our inability to obtain authorisation for your payment

  • Your inability to prove that you are aged over 18

  • The identification of a pricing or product description error on our website 

  • The repeated or fraudulent use of vouchers or promotional codes 


Pricing and Cases

All prices are quoted in pounds sterling, and may be per bottle or per case, as marked. The prices include UK duty and VAT, unless otherwise specified. Any delivery charges are additional, unless otherwise specified.


We endeavour to ensure that all pricing information on our website is accurate. Occasionally an error may occur and products may be incorrectly priced. In the event that a product you have ordered is listed at an incorrect price, we will contact you by phone or email before despatching your products asking you to confirm if you still wish to proceed with your order at the correct price or cancel your order. 

When ordering a pre-mixed case, please note that image is representative of typical case contents but these contents are subject to change due to stock levels or to most accurately reflect the current bestsellers or popular new products in our physical store. 


We reserve the right to alter prices without notice. We also reserve the right to terminate any special offer at any time, without notice.


Availability

All products and services are subject to availability. We are a boutique wine store and not a large warehouse.


Occasionally, we have to substitute wines for another vintage or an alternative wine of equal or greater value. We will always choose carefully and make sure that you will be happy with your order. By placing an order on this website, you agree to trust our judgement and accept any substitutions if they need to be made. While we will try to contact you in advance to let you know of any changes to your order, at busy times this may not always be possible. 


Delivery

We deliver across mainland UK via courier. Various delivery times are available for you to select when you place an order. We also offer local delivery and an in-store click & collect service. Details of options available are shown on the product page. We reserve the right to restrict deliveries or to withdraw services to individual customers' addresses if you are repeatedly unavailable to take delivery of your order or in other exceptional circumstances.

Our mainland UK deliveries are made by a third party courier. Some standard deliveries do not require a signature. If you are out, the delivery driver may be able to leave your order for you in accordance with the instructions that you give us in the comments section when you place your order, for example, in a safe place or to a neighbour. If this is not possible, a card will be posted through your letterbox with instructions on how to arrange re-delivery. 


Please keep your delivery note and all packaging, notify us immediately if any of the order is missing or damaged. 

Cancellations, Replacements and Refunds

All orders are processed the next working day. If you wish to cancel, you must do so before your order is packaged and dispatched. Once products are dispatched, delivered or collected, no refunds or exchanges are offered unless those products are damaged or delivered in error.‘Corked’ bottles will not be considered to be eligible for refund or exchange. 


Security

All information (including credit card details) is sent and received using up-to-date secure e-commerce software created by Wix and processed via Square and PayPal. The website holds an SSL certificate and these payment gateways have industry leading levels of security and data protection. 


Voucher Codes

Promotional codes are to be used in accordance with fair use, as determined by us. If we feel that a promotional code is being abused, we reserve the right to invalidate that promo code and cancel any orders we feel necessary. 


Gift vouchers are non-transferable, may not be sold at auction and have no cash alternative. Where a voucher is used in breach of these conditions, we reserve the right to refuse to supply products to you or to make a charge equivalent to the value of the voucher against the payment card used on the contravening order or take steps to redeem the products as we deem appropriate. 


Re-Sale

Wines purchased from us are for the customer's own use only (which may include their use as gifts for third parties). Wines should not be re-sold or otherwise used for commercial purposes.

If you are a corporate partner or would like to talk to us about commercial opportunities, please contact us.


Age Restrictions

It is against the law for any person under the age of 18 to buy, or attempt to buy intoxicating liquor or for any person over the age of 18 to buy or attempt to buy intoxicating liquor for any person under the age of 18. The Bottleneck is committed to upholding this legal and social obligation as a retailer of intoxicating liquor. 


By placing an order with us, you confirm that you and the recipient of the order are at least 18 years old. If we are in doubt of the age of the recipient of an order, we will request some form of ID. In the event that we are not satisfied with the recipient’s proof of age, we will refuse to leave the delivery. 


The Bottleneck cannot be held responsible for any deliveries received by minors or for any injury, damage or death that results from abuse of the alcohol in these deliveries. 


Fraud and Crime Prevention

For the prevention or detection of offences, and/or the apprehension or prosecution of offenders, we may share any information that we collect with the police, other public or private sector agencies or representative bodies in accordance with the relevant legislation. Information shared in this way will not be used for marketing purposes. 


Liability

Please note that images of products on this website are for illustrative purposes only. We endeavour to display products accurately. The products you purchase may vary slightly from those shown in the images, this could be due to suppliers changing the bottle label or design. 



We will not be liable to you or to any third party for loss, damage or costs which arise as a result of:

  • Your failure to lift, transport, store or otherwise handle any product in an appropriate and safe manner; or

  • Your failure to comply with the recommendations set out in the “Risks, warnings and storage conditions” section below 

  • Any spillages or breakages involving one or more of our products, unless such loss, damage or cost arises as a result of our negligence or one of our products being faulty or defective


Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, for fraud, or any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.


Warnings, risks and storage conditions

You should be aware of the following risks and warnings in respect of our products:


  • Alcohol should be consumed in moderation

  • A case of wine can be heavy – please take care when lifting any of our products. 

  • If you are concerned about the weight of your delivery, we would advise you to transfer the bottles 1 or 2 at a time. 

  • Wine, particularly, red wine may cause staining if spilt. Sparkling wines and champagnes can be volatile due to the build-up of gasses in the bottles. Please take extra care when opening these bottles. 


The correct storage of wine is of vital importance. We suggest that you should store bottles horizontally, at a stable, cool temperature, out of direct light and in an atmosphere which has some moisture in order to avoid the drying out of corks. In most cases, wine should be subject to as little movement as possible.


Contact us

If you have any questions regarding orders or any general enquiries, you can contact The Bottleneck in one of the following ways: 


Email:info@thebottleneck.co.uk

Post or in-person: 7 - 9 Charlotte Street, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1LR

Phone: 01843 861095



Use of the Site 

To comply with licensing and other legislation, the website is only available to those aged 18 years and over. By using the Sites, you agree that you are aged 18 or over. If you are not, you must not use this website. 


You agree to use the website only for lawful purposes and in a way which does not infringe the rights of anyone else or restrict or inhibit anyone else's use and enjoyment of the website. We reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on the website without notice.


Your account

If you wish to create an account so we can better serve your needs, you agree that:


  • The personal information you are required to provide when you register as a customer is true, accurate, current and complete in all respects

  • You will notify us of any changes to this personal information by updating your details within the “My Details” section within your online account or by contacting us using the contact details listed above 

  • You shall not impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or entity, including using another person's username, password or other account information 

  • If any information provided by you is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete or if we suspect that any information provided by you is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, we reserve the right to terminate your use of the website or to suspend your account.


Intellectual Property Rights

All content, images and site design are the property of The Bottleneck. 



Privacy and data protection

We process information about you in accordance with our Privacy & Cookies Policy. By using the website you consent to us processing your data and you agree that all data provided by you is accurate. 

The website may include links to external websites and / or services owned and / or operated by third parties. These are provided for your convenience only. We are not responsible for the content on these sites and do not give any warranties or make any representations regarding any such websites and/or services, their content or your use of them.


Termination

We reserve the right to suspend your use of the website at any time for operational, regulatory, legal or other reasons. We may terminate your use of the website and suspend or delete your account with us with immediate effect if you breach any of these Terms and Conditions. 


Amendments to these Terms & Conditions 

We may update or amend these Terms & Conditions occasionally to comply with law or to meet our changing business requirements. We may make amendments to this page without providing notice to you. It is your responsibility to check this page when placing your order to take notice of any changes made. Such changes will be effective as soon as they are posted on the website. By continuing to use the webite or purchasing products or services from us, you agree to be bound by the terms & conditions of these updates and amendments. 

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