Darling | Dalston Wine Bar & Restaurant
The duo behind the achingly intimate, date-worthy Sager + Wilde wine bar are already the darlings of East London.
But Charlotte Wilde is just about to make sure.
She’s launching her first solo project in the form of Darling, a wine bar and kitchen that will make its home in a delicately restored, Grade II-listed building in Dalston. She’ll be keeping the Art Nouveau stained glass dome and pale blue wall-tiling from its former life as a traditional pie and mash shop, introducing sleek marble tables and candlelight for a more intimate feel.
Naturally, she’ll be the one overseeing the wine list here – designed to feel “accessible and affordable”, it’ll run the gamut from traditional to natural wines, with a 100-strong selection rotating regularly. And for everything else she’s drafted in a couple more darlings – namely Nine Lives‘ Tom Soden on cocktails, who’s creating a list inspired by the faded grandeur of the building; Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant on uniforms; and chef Dan Wilson on pans, who makes a welcome return after an investor debacle tragically closed his first venture Dandy.
And just in case there weren’t enough draws there, there’ll also be an al fresco dining terrace, a photography studio, a pop-up/co-working space, and a private dining room accessed through the kitchen, with an honesty bar tucked inside a vintage industrial safe.
Sounds like she’s cracked it.
NOTE: Darling is yet to release an opening date – we’ll be back with the full scoop when it does. In the meantime you can keep an eye on their website HERE.
Darling | 41 Kingsland High Street, E8 2JS
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