The Best Places in London to Celebrate English Wine Week
We don’t know about you, but the Bank Holiday weekend saw a certain level of indulgence for us here at JOL. Well, it’s best to start the week as you mean to go on: it’s English Wine Week and here is where you should be celebrating…
The best places to find English wine in London…
Urban winery Renegade London makes small-batch wines using grapes from around the UK. As they’re not attached to a vineyard, they’re able to experiment and create varieties such as their 2017 Bacchus, made from temperature-regulated tank wine blended with a version fermented with London yeasts in a qvevri – a Georgian wine vessel and our very favourite wine word. You’re welcome.
Renegade London, Arch 12, Gales Gardens, E2 0EJ
Forty Hall Vineyard
The first commercial vineyard in London since the Middle Ages, Forty Hall Vineyard is located in Enfield and produces low-intervention wines, including two still wines and one sparkling. In 2014, winemaker Will Davenport was awarded Most Outstanding Sparkling Wine in the English Wine Awards. The vineyard also holds regular events and tastings.
Forty Hall Vineyard, Gardener’s Rest, Forty Hall Farm, Forty Hill, EN2 9HA
There are six Vagabond wine bars across London, with English wines on the list at all of them available from their by the glass wine machines – it’s basically a wine vending machine and we’re into it. The most recent Battersea Park location is also home to a winery, with their English Sparkling bottled and awaiting release and Bacchus, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir rosés on the way.
Vagabond, Unit 12 Circus Village West, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8EZ; various other locations
Vinoteca’s 200-strong wine list, available across all their London locations, features a short-but-sweet selection of English wines, hailing from Surrey, Sussex and Somerset along with some less alliterative places. They’ve got a fair few English spirits as well, if you want to take your evening to the next level…
Vinoteca, various locations
10 Greek Street
Soho wine bar 10 Greek Street has several English wines on offer – including West Sussex vineyard Nyetimber – all ready to drink alongside their regularly updated food menu.
10 Greek Street, 10 Greek Street, W1D 4DH
The Coral Room
The Coral Room in Bloomsbury has an extensive English sparkling wine list overseen by Giovanni Spezziga, formerly of Scarfes Bar at The Rosewood, with the Ridgeview Bloomsbury as the house pour. We love a local name.
The Coral Room, 16–22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN
…And the best pairing menus on offer
Waterloo restaurant Florentine have created an exclusive three-course menu paired with Chapel Down wines, including a ham hock parsley terrine served with a Bacchus Reserve white, organic salmon with English asparagus and a glass of Pinot Noir, and a rhubarb crumble with Chapel Down Brut.
Florentine, 6 Hercules Road, SE1 7DU
Michelin-starred seafood restaurant Angler has teamed up with English sparkling wine experts Nyetimber for a six-course menu with five of Nyetimber’s best wines. Executive Chef Gary Foulkes’ menu focuses on British produce and seafood, featuring dishes such as Cornish turbot and line-caught squid with Japanese mushrooms and bonito dashi (served with MV Nyetimber Demi Sec), and courgette blossom with Dorset crab and lemon verbena (served with Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2010).
Angler, South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
Simpson’s in the Strand
Simson’s in the Strand has created a dedicated Bill of Fare for English Wine Week, with four courses paired with wines from Ridgeview. Dishes include Jersey Rock oysters paired with Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs and slow-cooked Gressingham duck breast paired with Ridgeview Blanc de Noirs. For the duration of the week they’ll also be serving Ridgeview’s best wines, usually only available by the bottle.
Simpson’s in the Strand, 100 Strand, WC2R 0EW
The restaurant at Oxo Tower is celebrating with a British-themed tasting menu with seasonal dishes: Dorset crab with apple jelly and crab ketchup, lamb hot pot, belly and cutlet, and English strawberry and basil mousse. These are paired with wines from Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent – including local Renegade London’s Bacchus.
Oxo Tower, 8th floor, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, SE1 9PH
Featured image: Vinoteca