Renegade Urban Winery | Wine-Making in Walthamstow
London is not the first place you’d expect to find a winery.
And in the middle of Blackhorse Beer Mile – well, that’s even more unexpected.
Head down the row of the monolithic, angular warehouses and breweries that make up the gamut of the fabled beer mile, and you’ll see a bright purple neon sign saying ‘Open’ beckoning you on. Inside Renegade Urban Winery are all the things a winery ought to have – towering vats standing guard, dozens of fat barrels patiently lining up and waiting to be filled …and overlooking it all is a raised mezzanine decorated with tables, chairs, and a kitchen.
Yes, a kitchen. Because after hosting a steady stream of popular residencies and pop-ups, Renegade is now serving up its own grub, Wednesday – Sunday. Depending on how peckish you’re feeling, you could just pick at a cheese & charcuterie board and a couple of wild mushroom arancini, or enjoy a three-course meal with beef onglet steak or a winter squash gratin followed by a Madagascan chocolate ganache with blowtorched marshmallows that really means business. And at the weekend? They’ve just rolled out a Sunday roast, with beef, pork belly and Cotswold chicken (plus squash for the veggies) and all the usual trimmings.
To drink, well, you’re in a winery, so wine makes sense – and as an urban winery, Renegade make their juice with grapes taken from some of the most vaunted small vineyards in England and Europe (you can read about the whole process on their website, here). If you really want to bone up, they run tours of the winery every Saturday, which over the course of an hour will introduce you to the processes behind wine-making, and then give you a chance to sample their wares. You can even volunteer to help with their harvest processing each autumn.
But on any given night there’s also cocktails on offer, like an espresso martini and a Champagne & oyster gin martini (made with oyster vermouth).
Handy if you don’t want to do things the way one might expect.
NOTE: Renegade Urban Winery is open Wed-Sun. You can find out more, book events or reserve a table HERE.
Renegade Urban Winery | Unit 7, Lockwood Way, Walthamstow, E17 5RB
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