The guys behind the upcoming Hackney Coterie are very keen to point out that what they plan on 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 with see them take over and refurbish the old L’Entrepot space, formerly run by Borough Wines. The venue is pretty huge, and the plan is to turn it into a kind of ‘warehouse brasserie’ which will also serve as a wine bar, a deli, a bottle shop, and an intimate events space in the future, too.
They haven’t yet announced who their head chef is, but the food’s going to be “seasonally driven and with zero-waste in mind”, meaning we 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 will, every week.
On the drinks front, they plan on 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’ll be craft beers and cocktails, and they’re even promising a little sake too.
This being a venue that wears a lot of hats, the plan is to have pastries in the morning, brunch at the weekend, loaves of bread to take away, British charcuterie & cheeses for casual dining, and a three metre-long wine cabinet wall, so you can walk away with a bottle too.
It’s only natural.
NOTE: Hackney Coterie is set to open in summer 2021. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can keep tabs on their progress at their Insta page right HERE.
Hackney Coterie | 230 Dalston Lane, E8 1LA
Main image: Lyon’s Seafood
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