A glass of wine for £3 straight from a barrel? Sold right? We were too.
Located right next to Hackney Downs railway station, with cars rushing by, a Tesco Metro next door and the occasional p*sshead rifling through some bins, it isn’t exactly where you’d expect to find a sweet little wine bar, which makes it all the more attractive.
High ceilings and white walls keep things light and airy, while the rustic wooden tables add a casual industrial chic vibe. Some well-placed pot plants protect the patio tables from hectic Hackney life on the doorstep, meaning you can almost pretend you’re in France (with a mouth full of wine and your eyes shut…kinda).
This place is all about the wine. An offshoot of independent Borough Wines, they put a lot of thought into the daily-changing 25-strong menu, and it goes from high end to peasant juice, depending on your budget. But best of all, they have their own barrel wine for next to nothing. You can even buy a glass bottle from them and fill it up to take home with you, and come back to refill it for £5 whenever you want. HOuse party friendly, we like.
Finally, the French food rocks. Small plates of the likes of steak tartare and fig and goat cheese salad are nicely priced and tasty.
We have our L’Entrepot bottles (now empty) and will be returning to fill them up soon.