Visiting London? fancy a glass of wine? then why not head down
Villiers Street at the Embankment,
Established in 1890 it’s said to be the oldest wine bar in London, Home to Samuel Pepys in the
On first entering the premises it seems like the decorators and in some respects, the cleaners have not been back since the 19th Century but then that’s the charm of the place. Inside it’s dark especially the cave-like
Anybody wanting a beer, this is not the place, only wine is served here whether it be fizz, white, red or fortified including Sherry and Madeira there is something for everyone. The wine list is extensive if not particularly cheap a 175ml glass costing anywhere from £5.50 to £8, you can also buy a bottle.
No measures are used as everything is served in a 175ml glass which is filled to the brim, which takes a little getting
We sampled some Riesling, Vinho Verde, then Cava, Cabernet Franc, and a ended with a very nice Lebanon red.
Beware In the summer it gets very busy (but you cannot book or reserve) there are tables outside running down an alley at the side of the bar which is used as a spillover
All in all a wonderful experience, enter a world full of dark