Christmas season is upon us, and this is the final standard Taste section before I do my end of year lists starting next week.
I’ve been to two new wine bars in south-east London over the last few weeks.
is a new addition to Queens Road. There’s a real magic to Peckham Cellars that balances dining and wine brilliantly. The wine list is serious but well priced, with most bottles are between £30 and £40, and a real selection available by the glass. (Including Oxney’s Classic by the glass which feels like a rare find indeed.)
Foodwise, we really dug into a selection of small plates, which were all stellar and change regularly. Their marmite whipped butter is something you will want to add to every dish you’ve ever had. And if you’re feeling a little more hungry, dishes like onglet and Colston Basset or hake, fava, salsa verde should sort you out. I’ve been twice now and can’t rate it enough.
joins Levan in being the second south-east London wine destination named after disco heroes. Sylvester is part micro-club, part pizza restaurant, part natural wine bar. I had a great white ham pizza on Saturday ahead of a fundraiser a few friends put together for the 999 Club in Deptford. Their wine list is heavily natural with some really interesting selections, such as a pet nat gamay that was a bubblegum explosion. A really good steer for natural wine fans in ED.