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Dusty old gems such as Albertine are an increasing rarity in these days of glossy, fancy-pants wine bars – more’s the pity. Rickety old tables, faded prints of wine trivia, & a mix of cream
& brown paintwork add to the antiquated charm, as date-night couples & revellers sip tasty tipples under flickering candlelight. The short menu offers good-value comfort food: start with
celery & Stilton soup or smoked duck salad, move on to lasagne & finish with sticky toffee pudding – you’ll get change from £20. The cheeseboard is also worth a go, so pick three specimens
for £7.40 & order something sweet to drink alongside them.
WINE LIST: The wine list at Albertine covers a huge range of wine styles, with many under £30, & getting on for 90 wines available by the glass. Every wine has a short & helpful
tasting description. BEST BUY WHITE 2009 Cape Chamonix, Sauvignon Reserve, Franschhoek, South Africa, £30.90. BEST BUY RED 2007 Château Ksara, Reserve du Couvent, Bekaa Valley,
Winner of Wine Bar List of the Year in 2011, Albertine is back in favour. While the typeface had a few of the panel squinting over their espresso, it was cleverly laid out, with wines separated by grape variety, style (eg Crisp and Fresh), or, occasionally, by country. Tasting notes are short, and there are stimulating ‘focuses’ on varieties and places. Its blend of ‘classic’ and ‘interesting’ is a terrific snapshot of the modern wine world. ‘Lots of glasses I’d enjoy drinking here,’ said Peach Pubs’ Jo Eames, who was on the judging panel.
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