We are a neighbourhood wine/ beer shop and bar in Sydenham, London specialising in organic and low-intervention wine from small, artisan growers. We host regular wine tastings suitable for different levels. We offer delicious home-cooked food, wines, handcrafted beers and friendly, relaxed service. Our online wine store delivers UK wide.
We are a neighbourhood wine shop and bar in Sydenham specialising in organic and low-intervention wine. We have opened our doors in summer 2014 with the vision of creating a cosy place for locals to come together. We offer delicious home-cooked food, wines, handcrafted beers and friendly, relaxed service.
SPECIALISTS IN NATURAL WINES
Specialising in low-intervention (organic, biodynamic) wines, we mainly work with producers who work on a smaller scale and use either no or small amounts of sulphites, because they tend to have a more intimate relationship with their vines. For us, small producers are more likely to get their wine to transmit that elusive quality that makes it special: a sense of place, a certain flavour or feeling that only comes from that specific site. These wines change every year depending on the vintage, climate, terroir and winemaking process – unlike many conventional wines that tend to be identical, day in and day out, year in and year out.
Through our sister importing company Wines Under The Bonnet, we have a direct relationship with many of the growers we work with. We have visited their vineyards & cellars, met their families and spent loads of time getting to know their wines - there is something special about tasting the wine where it is made. It is a constant joy to nose out new wines and meet winemakers who share our passion.
Our range of over 250 wines is always evolving. The goal is to connect you, our customers, to fantastic wines that mean something to us. Shop either in store or online. To find out more about collections and delivery, check our T&C’s.
No vino for you? No problemo. Our two draft beer taps feature local brewers and change regularly and we also have a wider range in bottles and cans.
We work mainly with local producers and where possible we use veg grown by our friend Jane on the allotment across the road. Simple small plates, to go with wine. Catering for vegans and veggies as well as carnivores.
WINE TASTINGS: We host regular tastings on every other Thursday and Saturday – perfect for people who just want to dip their toes into wine or for enthusiasts wanting more knowledge. We also offer wine tasting vouchers.
PRIVATE WINE TASTINGS: On Friday and Saturday afternoons/early evenings we are offering private tastings for groups of 8 to 12 from 4.00 to 5.30pm. £25 per person, including cheese and charcuterie. You can choose from themes such as:
An introduction to natural wine
A trip down the Loire Valley
South West France - Bergerac and Gaillac
Or we can present a selection of what is tasting great at the moment.
FOOD EVENTS: Every month we host a food collaboration, where we go off grid from our usual menu.
In order to help make a difference for our community we are contributing to Lewisham Foodbank, which has been operating since October 2013 and are based in the Hope Centre in Forest Hill.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.
Since last Christmas the foodbank has seen a 20% increase in the demand for their service, due to changes to government benefits, it is the foodbank having to help pick up the slack.
You are welcome to drop off your donations and leave them in our collection box by the door. Check here for items currently needed.
We are also holding regular ‘Food for Wine’ tastings. There is a £5 reservation fee in addition to the food donation, which will also go directly to the foodbank.
If you would like to help: donate food, attend our tasting, or you can donate directly to the foodbank with this button:
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5-11pm Thursday & Friday
3-11pm Saturday & Sunday
We take reservations (for up to 12 people). We do also welcome well-behaved dogs and children.
PHONE + 44 20 36027980
LOCATION 161 KIRKDALE SE26 4QJ
FIND US ON INSTAGRAM @161kirk