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The secret is out. This boutique wine shop/ bar/bistro, once a favoured hangout of the Bermondsey dining cognoscenti, is now frequented by discerning oenophiles from across the capital. Occupying
one of the railway arches along increasingly foodie Maltby Street, it also serves limited lunches and dinners to complement its succinct range of natural wines from France, Italy and Slovenia.
Around six are open at any time, so pick a glass or buy a bottle for a flat £12 mark-up on the shop prices – the full-flavoured Sangiovese from Tuscan producer, Pacina, is a great match for the
gutsy Mediterranean-style food on offer. Roast chicken with chanterelles is a rib-sticking delight, while egg mayo with anchovies is an exercise in simplicity and top-notch ingredients. No
bookings, so arrive early to bag a table.
40 Maltby street is a nice little place tucked away under the arches behind Tower Bridge road (not far from Bermondsey str). It forms part of Maltby street market, which is an offspring of Borough market. Essentially, disgruntled market vendors became fed up with the cost of operating at Borough market and started a new food market, Maltby street food market...
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Can London keep a secret? The answers no. There’s very rarely a place you want to be a complete secret. A place that you’d want to go time and time again, until one day maybe you might get that nod of acceptance from the staff.40 Maltby Street joins a plethora of small businesses under a south London archway in Bermondsey. It’s name sake street offers coffee from Monmouth and waffles from well…Waffle On. But beneath this certain archway lies a kitchen of very modest size that seems to create a goliath force of ingredient based wizardry. For the Bermondsey Street elite, it’s their local...
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