8a Artillery Passage , London, E1 7LJ

SquareMeal Review of 8a

An unreconstructed weekday wine bar, eschewing gimmickry to the point of dowdiness: the only decorative additions to 8a’s green carpet are the incongruous posters featuring World Cup winners & a glamorous black-&-white of Kate Moss. At lunchtimes, suited regulars order club sandwiches (back-bacon with melted Austrian cheese, smoked halibut with Red Leicester) or Newmarket sausages from Musks. Pork pies come with organic beetroot chutney, & the ham served with egg & chips is from Dorset pigs. The well-priced worldwide wine list is 8a’s distinguishing factor, with 18 by the glass, ranging from Hacienda San Jose Malbec at £4.40 to Astoria Val de Brun Prosecco at £5.50. The location, down one of the narrow alleys between Liverpool Street station & Spitalfields Market, has time-warp appeal.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Liverpool Street Tube Station 256m

Aldgate East Tube Station 429m


Address: 8a Artillery Passage , London E1 7LJ

Area: Whitechapel Mile End

Opening times

Mon-Fri 11am-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Spitalfields 177m

Britart 271m


Telephone: 020 7247 5056

Cuisine: Wine Bars

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