LondonWineHusband and I have a few guilty pleasures in common. Ridiculously spicy Chinese take out from Yun Kim in Brentford; laughing at anything related to farts; a heartfelt love for Bruno Mars’ haunting ballad, Gorilla, which is about how he wants to shag a girl like they are both gorillas, and shovelling raclette into our faces at Borough Market.
Borough Market is nose-bleedingly expensive, touristy and full of delicious organic food of varying levels of healthiness. The word “artisan” is used for everything. (Artisan carrier bag? Tick.) It has the afore-mentioned awesome raclettes, the ever-delicious Monmouth Coffee and loads of nice restaurants. It’s also home to the tiniest wine shop I’ve ever been to, the small but epic Wine Pantry.
It specialises in English wines, has a couple of tables for sit-down tasting and drinking, and an Enomatic wine dispenser machine full of hard-to-find English bottles. They do a deal where you can taste five wines from around England, and we tried some really interesting ones, including Colchester Rosé, a fruity and properly fuschia rosé from Essex, and Westwell Ortega, made in Kent from the perfumey Ortega grape, popular in similarly cool climate Germany according to their slightly baffling website. Both of these were moderately priced and easy drinkers.
We left with a bottle of English fizz from the Bolney Estate: this is priced more like a French champagne, but a couple of hours in the market made it seem quite reasonable. It more than holds its own against a Veuve or Piper, and ticks lots of “artisan” boxes, too.
I love Wine Pantry – a highly recommended Borough Market pitstop and great to see a specialist English wine store do so well.
Enjoy – and thanks for reading,