BAR REVIEW: Shepherd Market Wine House

We almost don’t want to shout about our latest discovery but to deprive you of such a find would be a disservice that we couldn’t possibly live with.

A square of London that’s gone relatively under the radar given its central location is Shepherd Market, just off Piccadilly, between Hyde Park Corner and Green Park stations. Known in the 1700’s as home to Mayfair’s ‘ladies of the night’, Shepherd Market has something of a colourful past. Today however, it’s filled with restaurants, shops, pubs and our new favourite wine bar; Shepherd Market Wine House.

Shepherd Market Wine House originally opened its doors in November last year as a temporary pop-up only to re-open late February as a permanent neighbour of the Market. The Wine House is split into a wine shop and seating for 18 on the ground floor with a semi-private tasting room and seating for 12-14 downstairs in the cellar. With an exterior painted a bright mustard yellow, it’s not one to blend in with the crowd and quite rightly so; this place demands all the attention.

Inside, the wine bar is cosy leading to the wine shop with stool seating that looks out onto the square. Taking our high seats, we were thrust a very welcome glass of Lallier Champagne into our hands – not that we were complaining, this might just be our new favourite kind of fizz. With our bubbles sipped, we had a browse of the wine list. Our sommelier, Ben Van de Meutter, certainly knew his stuff as we explained in simpleton terms what we liked as he returned with two glasses of the beautiful 2014 Chateau Panchille, Bordeaux Blanc. Not ones to drink on an empty stomach, we also ordered a cheese and charcuterie board to accompany. Loaded with olives, salami, cheese, bread, grapes and pickle it was the perfect accompaniment to our wines. We finished the night with two glasses of the 2013 Chorey-les-Beaune from the Red corner. A wonderfully easy to drink, medium-bodied pinot noir that we’d strongly recommend for anyone that hasn’t yet acquired the taste for a heavy body red (we’re getting there…slowly).

Shepherd Market Wine House operates a no reservations policy for tables however you can book downstairs for private events, bespoke tastings and social functions. A perfect go-to date spot or hideout to catch up with a friend, we’d recommend a trip to Shepherd Market Wine House any day. With the weather (hopefully) heating up, the outdoor seating overlooking the square is the ideal spot to watch this charming square come to life at night with, of course, a fine glass of wine in had.

21-23 Shepherd Market, W1J 7PN

www.shepherdmarketwinehouse.co.uk

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