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Encouraged by the success of their wine-driven pop-up in Shoreditch, Michael and Charlotte Sager-Wilde have gone permanent with this venture in a one-time East End boozer. Wooden blinds, subtle
retro-industrial lights and architectural salvage are used to create a stylish den for design-literate oenophiles – check out the bar counter made from Victorian cast iron and glass-brick pavement
insets. To drink, anticipate a daily line-up of top-notch bin ends and unusual appellations available by the bottle or glass. Prices start at £27.50 for a Sicilian Perricone red to accompany
Italian charcuterie platters, while £6 gets a glass of good-to-find Txakoli de Getari by Bodegas Rezabal – a complex Spanish Basque white that cries out for one of the owners’ signature cheese
toasties. A trio of craft beers also puts in an appearance, but Sager & Wilde is really all about enjoying fine wine.
I don't really want to play favourites with all of the places we went to on Saturday night as I had a great night and they all contributed to that. But let's just say I was forced to pick one... then Sager and Wilde would have to be it.We walked in and we just instantly hit it off. The place is rather 'bijou' but as we walked in, right in front of us, were two vacant seats at the bar. It was meant to be. And the smell of cheese almost overpowers you as you enter (though you quickly get used to it) - heaven. We'd already eaten so ignored the bites on offer although we greedily cast an eye over everyone else's and am...
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Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have what could be described as a 'slightly' irrational fear of East London. It all stems back to two incidents almost a decade ago, one where I was stupid enough to wear heels on New Year's Eve in Hoxton, sprained my ankle on the way there and spent the evening sat with my foot in a bucket of ice whilst people talked over my head and the second being a rather nasty "you're not cool enough to be here" type slur in a bar that shall remain nameless. The upshot was that I was left thinking, sod you East London, you're a devil to get to from South West London anyway and London's...
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