Peckham Cellars

British, Spanish, Wine Bars·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Peckham Cellars

Bronze Award

The wine bar revolution is here. The dregs of exclusivity are being poured away, small producers are coming to the forefront, and carbon footprints are no longer an afterthought. At the crest of this new wave is Peckham Cellars, which burst onto the scene in 2019. Since then it has garnered nothing but praise, footfall and a loyal online customer base. But now, given the arrival of chef Pablo Urain Alfonso, we returned to sample the goods.

Greeted by the chic, laid-back space and staff to match, we hopped onto the counter stools to get close to the action. Since the previous menu won a Bib Gourmand, Alfonso has kept the core of British-ness running through the menu, while adding flecks of his Spanish flair. Pillowy wildfarmed sourdough, piled with generous daubs of whipped confit garlic butter settled us in for the night. What would follow is best described as wine with food pairings.

A pleasingly delicate Alsace Sylvaner came first, accompanied by crisp, nutty Jerusalem artichoke on a bed of fresh tzatziki. A thought-out combination, which would set the standard. It’s a sin not to go skin contact somewhere like this, so a tangy, peach-coloured Pinot Gris followed. Paired with juicy prawns doused in chilli and garlic, this was a match made in heaven.

Switching gears, a punchy Merlot somewhat outpaced the pork cheeks, until the sweet pop of mustard seeds came to the rescue. A perfectly not-too-sweet Montepulciano Vin Santo and coffee panna cotta kept up the consistency of the rest of the meal, although the dessert's own consistency was perhaps a little stiff.

Peckham Cellars bucks trends left, right and centre. It’s friendly, it’s relaxed and it’s affordable. While the food didn’t falter, the wine is definitely the star of the show. And what a show it is.

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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
British, Spanish, Wine Bars
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Dog friendly, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Dates, Group dining [8+]
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Peckham’s reputation as a foodie destination has been bolstered in recent years thanks in large part to Peckham Cellars - an intimate neighbourhood wine bar and kitchen a couple of minutes from Queens Road station. Founded by friends Helen Hall, Luke West-Whylie and Ben McVeigh, Peckham Cellars is part wine shop, part trendy hangout featuring a regularly changing, seasonal menu and wine list come weekday evenings and weekends.

The 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, as well as championing sustainable, organic producers.

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 plenty of classics from France and Spain. There's a wine list that features a curated selection of wines available by the glass or carafe, or you can scan the well-stocked shelves for a bottle that takes your fancy. 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 Pablo Alfonso Urain, 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 blend Spanish and British sensibilities, in combinations such as pear and gorgonzola salad with walnuts, and mussels with lemon, thyme and pecorino butter. Large plates might take the form of pork belly with apple, jalapeno and coriander, or confit duck leg with cep purée and roasted plums.

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. 


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Booking is advised - you can book via the website.

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Are Peckham Cellars dog friendly?

Yes, they are dog friendly.

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£15New Years Eve Party with Team Cellars
New Years Eve
New Years Eve Party with Team Cellars

31 Dec 2023 until 01 Jan 2024

After last year's sell-out success, the Peckham Cellars New Year's Eve party is back. 

We'll be clearing the restaurant to make space for a dance floor and raving it up till the wee hours. We're lucky enough to have Peckham local and one-half of DJ duo Raw Silk, Grace, joining us on the decks to bring in 2024 with her signature brand of eclectic beats. 

With a focus on fun, Raw Silk make sure never to take themselves too seriously. Never stuck in one decade or genre, expect a range of pumping house, stomping EBM, Balearic synths, breaks, drums, vocals and pop, with the common thread of making people dance.

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£124Peckham Cellars Wine School - all four sessions 10% off
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Peckham Cellars Wine School - all four sessions 10% off

15 Jan 2024

January's bleak enough without giving up drinking. 

But we recognise the need for restraint after a month of indulgence, so how about pairing a mild bit of indulgence with some learning? Makes the drinking part seem a lot more justified and wholesome, doesn't it?

Allow me to introduce the Peckham Cellars Wine School. Now in it's third year, we make four of the dreariest Mondays of the year a bit more bearable, with the help of a few glasses of wine, of course.

Our resident wine guy and certified WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) instructor, Ben, will take you through some of the fundamental aspects of making and tasting wine. 

Sessions run from 7-9pm. Each tasting can be enjoyed as a standalone event, or join all four to get the full Wine School experience, and you'll get 10% off the whole course. 

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£40Peckham Cellar's Wine School Part I - What Grape is it?
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Peckham Cellar's Wine School Part I - What Grape is it?

15 Jan 2024

First up in our wine school series, we'll be looking at the most important part of winemaking the grapes!

We can't taste all of them, alas, but we have selected some of our favourites and some of the so-called 'Noble' grapes - six of the most well-known international varieties. 

We'll demonstrate, with some actual grapes (and glasses of wine, don't worry), how the characteristics of different grape varieties impact the final experience of the wine.

Peckham Cellars Wine School sessions run from 7-9pm. Each tasting can be enjoyed as a standalone event, or join all four to get the full Wine School experience, and you'll get 10% off the whole course. 

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£40Peckham Cellar's Wine School Part II - Where is it from?
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Peckham Cellar's Wine School Part II - Where is it from?

22 Jan 2024

For the second session in our Wine School series, we'll be exploring the regions where winemaking grapes can be grown.

We'll be looking at the huge effect that where a grape is grown has on the end result, the climate, landscape and soil composition, commonly referred to as 'terroir' in winemaking, that give wines their distinct flavours and characteristics. 


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£40Peckham Cellars Wine School Part III - How is it Made?
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Peckham Cellars Wine School Part III - How is it Made?

29 Jan 2024

For the third session in our Wine School series, we'll take you through the winemaking process. These practices vary from region to region, and certain places have their specific winemaking ways. 

Wine is about so much more than just grapes, and the final product is hugely affected by interventions the winemaker makes in the winery. So we'll show you what impact these have on the end result. 

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£40Peckham Cellars Wine School Part IIII - How Should we Drink it?
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Peckham Cellars Wine School Part IIII - How Should we Drink it?

05 Feb 2024

For our fourth Wine School session we finally get to the drinking bit! All the work the winemaker does can't be fully appreciated if we don't go about drinking it correctly.

Temperature is really important, and what food you eat with wine can massively affect how your palate experiences the flavours. So, in this session, we'll be looking at food and wine pairing, what foods to avoid with what wines and how different tastes - sweet, savoury, spicy etc. - change the way wine tastes. 

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125 Queens Road, Peckham, London, SE15 2ND

020 4551 9444 020 4551 9444


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:30-22:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-22:00
Sun Closed


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