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I've been surrounded by music and vinyl from an early age; my Dad worked in a record store, bringing home all the latest releases to me. Enterprisingly, I would slyly slip them into my schoolbag and take them to school, subsequently selling them to my friends. When anything came out, my Dad would bring it back to me: I had the first Specials record, the first Electric Light Orchestra record... Hed also bring me little boxes of returns and stuff. We'd sell them at school fairs. All the other kids would be doing Bob the Apple, and wed be getting these twenty seven year old punks coming up from the Kings Road for Clash box sets for twenty quid a go. We knew what was going on...! This grew up with me, and I went on to work in Quaff Records and Vinyl Solution, two of Londons finest record stores. Phil Asher

Quaff Records had their own record label too "Magic dragon Recordings" would love get my hands on some of their old stuff! Comment:- John NDong

Remember Quaff from their shop on Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park. A good place for Reggae. Comment: Mark Griffiths

(June 23, 2013) Jeremy said:I've just spotted Quaff record shop on a repeat of Lovejoy!

(June 23, 2013) John said:Just seen the shop on Lovejoy Season 6 Episode 5 Guns and Roses, originally aired on 30th Oct 1994 and I wondered where it was.

Nice write-up, thank you ! :)

(May 9, 20150 Just found some records in my collection with Quaff Records price stickers! Some nice old skool Belgian techno / hardcore / house 91 - 93 era. Comment: Luther Wainwright.

Name Michael Luke Comment: 08-12-2016 Just seen quaff records on lovejoy This program gets around.

I remember Quaff when it was at the back of a clothes/tourist shop in Carnaby Street. I used to work in the shop for Jason who rented the small space to Roy. The landlords put up the rent which Jason passed on. Roy had to move it to Berwick Street which was probably a good move as it was much bigger and had a lot of footfall. Choci took over the space and set up Choci’s chewns!
Matt H

As a student, I used to prowl around Soho buying new release 12" for £1.99 (for some chart action, I gather). E.g Sister Ray. But Quaff is where I probably bought one of my full-priced 12" back in days - Brand New Heavies - Dream Come True (still got the price sticker too). Pretty sure I bought my first US import 12 there too!
Funky Cute

Quaff was started in 1987 at 133 Stroud Green Road. ‘Myself and Peppi Acunzo got our Enterprise Allowance’s and decided to open a shop specialising in Jazz and Reggae music. The shop was soon selling rare grooves that we were getting from a guy who paid regular trips to the USA, and what we picked up at Northern Soul Record fairs. Opened a unit in the Soul 2 Soul shop in Camden Town then the shop moved to Lancaster Road off Portobello Road in 1989. We opened another shop on Portobello Road then moved into the West End when I parted ways with Peppi, and teamed up with Les Canavan.
Les and I hit the peak of the rave years. The first shop was in a big unit in Carnaby Street owned by Jason who we met in Solaris.
We then got the shop in Berwick Street which was legendary. So many story’s about that place. From there we moved to Silver Place and finally closed in 1997. 10 years of clubbing culture the times of our lives
Roy Marsh aka Roy the Roach (2023)

Such great days. Quaff on Berwick St was the only place to go back in ‘92/‘93. I had a long sleeve top and my mate Jim had slip mats for his 1210s. The smell of rotting cabbages from the stall in the street mixing with the tunes coming from Quaff is a strangely strong memory, even 30 years later. Berwick Street really was music heaven. I loved my happy hardcore / techno but with Sister Ray and Selectadisc and other it was brilliant. Then britpop came along and ruined everything
Nick Heath

Nice shots of Quaff Records in full swing in the wonderful video/short film of Flowered Up's Weekender
4mins15 here. Thanks to Mikus Musik finding this. (2020)


Image Martin Dyde



Nick Heath
06 Dec 2023 at 03:38
Fucking LOVED this place. I worked at HMV Trocadero 1990-1992 so Quaff was only a short walk away under the Review Bar. I loved Berwick St then, the stink of the market veg stalls, the shouting of the stallholders, Sister Ray, the crappy Tesco (was it?).
I had a Quaff LS T-shirt and I think got a Moving Shadow tee from here too and slipmats obvs! And innumerate white label tunes probably worth a weeks wages now!! Great days!



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