Peckham’s reputation as a foodie destination has been bolstered yet again thanks to the addition of this intimate neighbourhood wine bar and kitchen a couple of minutes from Queens Road station. Founded by four friends, all of whom have plenty of experience in the industry, Peckham Cellars is a wine shop by day and a trendy hangout featuring a regularly changing, seasonal menu and wine list come evenings and weekends.
The 80-strong wine list has been curated by sommelier and co-founder Ben McVeigh (former head sommelier at 28-50 Fetter Lane), who has assembled an eclectic yet accessible line-up with a focus on variety and affordability.
Aficionados will be pleased to find labels from small and innovative producers from emerging wine regions such as Greece, Slovenia and Tenerife as well as classics from Bordeaux and Burgundy. There’s also a section entitled ‘Weird and Wonderful’ wines, which aims to surprise and educate even the most experienced connoisseurs. The possibility of sampling from top-end bottles is another plus, as is the opportunity to purchase anything you like the taste of.
The kitchen, headed up by Helen Hall (who previously worked at Ottolenghi's Rovi and Skye Gyngell's Spring) and Jay Claus (ex- Quo Vadis, Morito and Bao) is guided by provenance and flavour, so whether you drop by for a glass of wine and a couple of small plates or a full-on, three-course Sunday lunch, you can expect bold flavours.
Snacks and small plates include combinations such as curried hake croquettes with mango chutney, and eel with nduja and pickled green tomatoes, while large plates might take the form of Cornish brill with fava and salsa verde or onglet with Colston Bassett, smashed potatoes and aioli.
The space, which is completely visible behind the crittall steel windows, is modern but welcoming and soundtracked by a playlist carefully curated to suit the mood on any given night.