Secreted behind the large staircase that leads down to the small but perfectly curated offering of the food hall at Fortnum & Mason, is The Wine Bar. Originally called 1707, the new incarnation is still the same tucked away wine bar that has had oenophiles making a B line to it and its stunning wines for years – but now with an extended food and cocktail offering.
The wines change monthly and can be had by the glass or bottle, but the favourite for any wine lover must be the wine flights. These sets of three wines, each grouped around a theme, be it country, region, grape or process of manufacture, are a superb way to experience wines you may not get to otherwise, and learn more about them. They also do monthly flights with paired food, and the champagne selection is top notch.
Food wise, the bar offers a variety of oysters, a favourite among the regulars as an accompaniment to their fine white wine or champagne. Whilst you’ll also find other wine bar classics like caviar, smoked salmon, crab, cheese and charcuterie, it also offers the trademark Fortnum & Mason rarebit, classic British pies, padron peppers, devilled kidneys, avocado on toast, sashimi, and even a burger. As you’d expect, each dish is a perfect example of itself and, when paired with such good wines, it’s very easy to sit down – and the next thing you know you’ve whiled away the afternoon!
The Wine Bar
In the basement of Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly
Feature Image The Wine Bar courtesy of Fortnum and Mason