Brand New: The Bottlery
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Finally, a wine bar in Earls Court. I must say that since we lost Balans it has been hard to find a place to simply sit and enjoy a really great glass of wine. Without feeling like you have to also order a meal, I mean. Don’t get me wrong, I love all our pubs with all their beery goodness and we have some cracking little cocktail gems as well but dammit, I want a place where wine is the hero and The Bottlery have answered my call.
The Bottlery have opened where Café Pascucci once stood and boy have they done a number on the interior. It looks really great and is the kind of venue that is going to work across all seasons.
Exposed brick teamed with wood panelling that houses bottles and bottles and bottles and more. Very high ceilings and wide open windows gives a light and airy feel to the place and is a perfect spot to enjoy an ice cold bottle of Pouilly Fumé on a hot summer’s day – providing we actually get one or two this year. But fear not, if it stays rainy and miserable then there’s an open fireplace and lovely bottle of Margaux to keep you toasty.
The staff here are incredibly welcoming and kind so you’ll feel at home as soon as you arrive . Call up and ask for Jon, he’s in charge and will take very good care of you. All in all a great addition to the main drag. More of this please!!The Bottlery 231 Earls Court Road London, SW5 9AH 020 7341 4529 @thebottlery facebook.com/www.thebottlery.co.uk
Bar Margaux – Earls Court Life
I do love a new kid on the Earls Court block. Especially when they make promise of ambrosial wine and mouth-wateringly fine food.
Bar Margaux opened its doors to great fanfare last Friday (despite the soft launch) and is already racking up some very positive reviews on all those national culinary websites.
With ex-Zuma and Iberica chef Xavier Castella Vilamajo at the helm you can expect some top-notch nosh and, given the French/Italian inspired menu, I’m not surprised to find seared foie gras and porcini risotto being uttered in the same breath here.
The 100 bin wine list focuses heavily on old world wines which makes me very happy indeed. Happier still was I to discover that many of these wines (at least 25) are served by the glass or carafe.
Dessert again has a Fritaly twist with options like passion fruit crème brûlée and amaretto sponge cake (mine!) but there is no pressure to have the full works, Margaux is primarily a wine bar that happens to serve brunch, lunch and dinner is all. That said, there are facilities for private wine tasting experiences downstairs.
The decor is modern and minimalist, with exposed brick and pipework, old-fashioned edison bulbs and mis-matched lampshades hang on wrought iron chain link at various intervals from the ceiling. Low lighting prevails during the evenings, as any self respecting wine bar knows it should. The breezy, spartan style throws good natural light during the day.
So without further ado I would like to welcome our newest drinking establishment to the Earls Court family! They’ve been packed full since opening so it looks as if everyone is already getting along swimmingly.Bar Margaux 152 Old Brompton Road London, SW5 0BE 02073735753
Ashbee’s Wine Bar – Earls Court Life
Elizabetta has owned and run this Earls Court bar since what seems the beginning of time. Wander down an unmarked alleyway and then down a small staircase, shrouded in foliage from a tree that shouldn’t be thriving given it’s below street level location, and you will find yourself in Ashbee’s; one of London’s hidden gems.
I bring it up now because the timing is so perfect, the weather is turning, we are all begrudgingly putting on our coats and scarves (not me, I love the fall) and we need something hearty and warm in our bellies lest we all fall unconscious from the sudden cold. So I give you a wine bar like no other.
The decor has remained unchanged since opening, pine-panelled walls, dated and flaking murals, creaky wooden chairs and tables and red checkered table cloths all go a long way to making you wonder if you haven’t accidentally slipped through some sort of time seam and ended up in Switzerland circa 1968.
Elizabetta will show you to your seat and ask quite abruptly, “What you want?”
Don’t be alarmed. This Polish princess has seen it all and has little time for pleasantries at first. But the ice can be melted. A little warmth and charm can very soon break down the seemingly indefatigable walls built up around Elisabetta and believe me, it’s worth the effort. She will tell you stories of time gone by that will make your ears pop. She can read your fortune and tell you all about your star sign. She will drink you under your table. Be warned.
But even though she is the star, there are other attractions vying for your attention; namely the wine list and the fondue.
The wine list is long and awesome. The fondue hot and cheesy and epic, served in generous portions and accompanied by a basket of soft, delicious fresh bread.
Come here for an evening drink and let time stand still. If you become a regular you might find yourself the recipient of a glass of Polish mead courtesy of the house. Leave filled with cheese and wine and ready to brave the long winter ahead.22-24 Hogarth Rd, London SW5 0QY
020 7373 6180