We’d start off by pointing out Oranj is missing an ‘e’, but then we’d also be pointing out that we can’t spell…
So instead, let’s begin with the nuts and bolts: Oranj is going to be a natural wine bar in Shoreditch. A combination that surprisingly is yet to exist here. Surprising because the natural wine craze isn’t exactly new to London, and Shoreditch is an area that’s normally on top of its trends. Maybe it missed this one? Oops. But in a matter of days, this oversight will all be cleared up.
For the past couple of years Oranj has been testing the waters online as a delivery/subscription provider, starting out as a lockdown
service saviour for those in need of their natty wine fix. Now, it’s stepping out into the real world – into a 2,000 sq ft warehouse behind Brick Lane – where you’ll be able to swirl, sniff, sip and nod knowingly to anything from a globetrotting array of orange wines, low ABV juras, whites from Catalonia and ultimately just a well thought-out curation of wines made with a low-intervention ethos. There’ll also be Lambic beers and a few cocktails (like a smoked tea old-fashioned and a chilli margarita) to please the non-wine folk.
Oranj’s founder Jasper Delamothe is not merely a natural wine whizz, but also a natural designer, having styled bars in the past. So he’ll be using his keen eye for attractive drinking spaces to create Oranj, which will involve materials common in the wine ageing process like walnut, aluminium and concrete. The final feel of the place will be like a ‘pub for a wine drinkers’, where you might finally have the platform to say ‘I’ll have a glass of the skin-contact Macabeo, please, Mary‘.
As for what to eat, well, there’s going to be regular chef residencies sided by a permanent menu of cheese, cured hams, croquetas and tortilla de patatas. So you can sleep easy knowing that the food is being treated with suitable importance. Much-loved Louisiana pop-up Decatur will be the first official guest (from December 1), slinging their Southern-style American grub, until the New Year in what feels like a natural pairing.
After all, it’s only a few typos away from Decanter.
NOTE: Oranj is soft opening on 10th November. We’ll be back with the full scoop, but you can find out more on the Oranj website or Instagram.
Oranj | 14 Bacon Street, E1 6LF
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