Hackney, London

Hackney has long played host to creative types and those in the know. And new kid Bambi doesn’t miss a beat. This music-led wine bar and restaurant is the coolest after-work hangout backed by a vintage sound system. The brainchild of James Dye (co-owner of Peckham’s Franks and The Camberwell Arms) and chef Henry Freestone (formerly of Peckham Cellars), drinks are curated by Eszter Toth – our guest sommelier this issue. Veggies are in luck as Henry’s menu has plenty of options – aubergines on a bed of smoky romesco, juicy courgettes and whipped feta, or braised butter beans with crunchy kale and melt-in-the mouth goats’ curd. Mussels in a moreish white wine broth are divine, but it’s the cauliflower cheese arancini that’s got everyone talking, and the apple crumble sundae makes an irresistible finish. It’s a buzzing place to break bread and savour a variety of skin-contact wines.

Words by Megan Dickson

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