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 last year.
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 due to open in Dalston this Autumn – 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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