Joining the ranks of Fitzrovia’s bar scene is Carousel, which has relocated from its previous space in Marylebone to take over three – yes, three – townhouses’ worth of space on Charlotte Street.
Carousel is fronted by its wine bar: an easy-going, all-day space with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up onto the leafy bustle of Charlotte Street (sure to make the space Fitzrovia’s hottest destination for a summer sundowner).
Across the thoughtfully chosen and extensive list of characterful, minimal intervention wines there’s a strong focus on independent wine makers. The list flows from Australian pét-nats to Spanish oranges, to classic French whites and Italian reds.
With over 80 options to choose from, our server expertly guided us through the list, recommending a few options and bringing us a few tasters to try before making our choice (a delightful sparkling red pinot Madeline called Kiss Kiss Maddie's Lips).
The food is a major player here, too: the all-day menu encompasses a range of snacks, small plates and desserts. With flavours and techniques from ‘pretty much everywhere’, you can count on one common element: unfussy, high-quality ingredients, allowed to shine.
For something punchy to accompany your glass of carefully curated wine, the homemade crisps are a must-try: light, perfectly crunchy and topped with a preserved tomato sauce and draped with rich, intense anchovies. On the more substantial end of the small plates is a succulent grilled pork collar, topped with thin slices of watermelon-bright radish, and confit pumpkin, complimented by burrata, black trumpet and sage.
End your night with dessert: we had to try the deep fried apple pie, a puffed triangle of buttery, cinnamon dusted pastry filled with sweet, tart apples and paired with a fresh, light caramel ice cream.
Carousel is a cornucopia of culinary spaces (the bar backs onto an intimate restaurant space, the arena for their ever-changing guest residencies). But with a tasty, creative menu and an adventurous wine list to work your way through, this bar is sure to become a neighbourhood favourite.