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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.
We’re sitting under a railway arch in Bermondsey on a chilly Friday evening, sipping our way through a wonderful bottle of red. Trains trundle overhead sporadically & I think to myself…this really is a different sort of wine bar – and I like it.40 Maltby Street is home to the warehouse of Gergovie Wines – a company which specialises in a range of natural wines from France, Italy & Slovenia produced by a handful of wine-makers. What’s unique, is that their chosen wines are all biological i.e. without any chemical fertilisers and pesticides...
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There's such an art to perfecting simplicity. We can get so caught up with out-of-the-box ideas of flavor combinations and presentation that we get these overwhelming plates of a dozen different components and colors and textures. At the end it's more about showcasing the technical skills of the chef rather than the actual consumption and enjoyment of the dish. Don't get me wrong, I love an art-gallery-fit plate of food that's more complex than I could ever comprehend, but sometimes something like this, a simple buttermilk pudding with plum compote and a ginger biscuit, cooked perfectly, is better. It's...
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I’ve been a lover of Maltby Street for quite some time now; it’s a weekend food market which has real charm and character. There’s a good reason to pay the area a visit on weekday evenings too however and it goes by the name of 40 Maltby Street.Predominantly the company is a wine supplier but they’ve since turned the front of their warehouse, under a railway arch, into a cute little restaurant. As they don’t take bookings we turned up on a Thursday evening and there was only space for us to perch on stool at a make-shift table on the entrance mat. It wasn’t the least bit comfortable but the food was so good...
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