The guys behind the upcoming Hackney Coterie are very keen to point out that what they’re doing at their wine bar is not strictly natural.
They’re happy with any kind of wine.
Just as long as it’s good.
It’s the kind of relaxed, non-dogmatic, quality-focused approach which made Lyon’s Seafood (their first restaurant, in Crouch End) such a success. This sophomore effort has seen them take over and refurbish the old L’Entrepot space, formerly run by Borough Wines. The venue is pretty huge, they’re calling it a ‘warehouse brasserie’ which also serves as a wine bar, a deli, a bottle shop, and an intimate events space, too.
In terms of food, you can expect the likes of grilled langoustines with seaweed butter; pork cheek & smoked ham hock terrine with pickled chilli & cucumber; and nettle tagliatelle with gorgonzola & walnuts, at least until the menu changes. Which it does, every week.
On the drinks front, they’re offering everything from low intervention, to organic, biodynamic, and, yes, natural wine. They only real stipulations are that it needs to be good, decent value, and from a small vineyard. And this being Hackney, obviously there are craft beers and cocktails, and even a little sake too.
This being a venue that wears a lot of hats, they also have pastries in the morning, brunch at the weekend, loaves of bread to take away, British charcuterie & cheeses for casual dining, annnnd a three metre-long wine cabinet wall, so you can walk away with a bottle too.
It’s only natural.
NOTE: Hackney Coterie is open Tuesday-Sunday. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Hackney Coterie | 230 Dalston Lane, E8 1LA
Main image: Lyon’s Seafood
Looking for a nightcap spot? Head Behind This Wall