Great wine, cool vibe, pretty decent food (at least if you avoid the potato wedges) and very convenient for pre/post shopping breaks while at Borough Market.
I've come to regard Bedales as an excellent option for meeting up with folks - no matter what their taste or budget. It's a laid back place with economical food and drink options. But if you're keen to splurge, there are plenty of fine wines to choose from.
Odds are whenever you want to be there (early Saturday afternoon for example), lots and lots of other people will have a similar "good idea". But, my experience has been that with a bit of patience a place to sit usually opens up soon enough.
Also, the wine cellar is brilliant for popping in to grab a bottle to go.
Lovely and cosy little place. We tried two glasses of red and mine was much nicer than my friend's. We also had the cheese board, which was perfectly pleasant.
So why didn't it get any more stars? Well, it was just a little less cosy than I wanted - the chairs are a bit hard to sit on and the table have legs that make it really hard to get comfortable at.
The service was just a little short of warm. What I really hope for in these sorts of place is some time talking about the various wines, a snippet of information about one or two of them and perhaps some banter. What I actually got were the words 'this one' in response to my question on which wine I should choose.
So, do try it - but don't go in with very high expectations.
Popped in here early on a Friday (4:00 ish) and hoped to have a snack and a couple of beverages while I waited for my husband to meet me. They were not busy.
I asked for a glass of sparkling and the lady behind the counter said "it is cheaper if you take it and go". I said that I had just planned to sit and wait for my husband and then she said "fine, but it'll be more expensive to sit here".
What kind of business WANTS you to leave their establishment? All I did was walk in and try to sit at the bar.
Better and friendlier wine bars on the same street.
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Per-*hic*-fect for a quick escape from a long crowed day at the market, or better yet, grab a take-away glass for enjoyment on the go!
I ordered two of the most expensive house wines in their category (one was white and the other, red), and they both tasted bad, bad, bad.
Perhaps the wines had gone off because it was the Christmas season and no one was coming in to the shop to order the most expensive wines by the glasses. But that is by no means any excuse for Bedales to serve turned wine. Turned EXPENSIVE wine.
Because, I tell you what, £7.50 for a 175mL glass of wine isn't cheap.
Plus, the glasses were soooo small. Surely Bedales should be serving up its wine in nice, large wine glasses, so that patrons can better enjoy its bouquet, no? Yes? Am I being a snob? I would expect this sort of inattention to detail from a Wetherspoons, but not from a rather pretentious wine bar, personally.
After a hard day of working on a Saturday, Laura suggested a food and a drink to revive ourselves. What she really meant was wine and nibbles - thank you very much Laura!
This is a cute little rustic wine bar with a heap of atmosphere and character. From exposed stone walls to a yummy selection of seasonal nibbles it screams class and culture. Plonked in Borough I was actually grateful to find it wasn't over run with tourist, obviously the selection around here for great eating spots means that the spread themselves out.
A bit on the pricey side but great for early evening snacks, maybe with a date or a girlie friend for a catch up - mmmm...I'm cooking up some plans!
Ventured in after a nice wagamama's with a rude waitress (that's another review in itself!) Bedales is a great place for the wine lovers.
Sadly the waitress here was slightly under the weather aswell and didn't really have any alternatives apart from apple juice for my preggers mate!
I liked the atmosphere of the place however...i think the dodgy 80's soundtrack had something to do with it.
The walls are lined with every style of wine know to man and and bits of info to make you feel like a right connoisseur...i can recommend the third one down!
Nice place to pop into if you're in the area.
Nice little pad. Now, I'm not a wine bar fine. But this place endears me. And I think that's the decor. Just simple, plain and unpretentious. Like they have (what looks like) a(n original) cast iron staircase in the corner. And candles dotted around the room. It's big, and it looks like it could be New York.
And even though like the wine bars I really despise, THEY HAVE SOME REALLY OLD EXPENSIVE WINES, I'm not made to feel cheap or unwelcome by the staff, when I order two really cheap glasses of red wine. So that works, when I take my girl in, and chat in hushed tones by the window, don't feel like anyone's listening or minding what we talk about, going through silly topics, spent maybe an hour in their over one glass each.
And so that was nice.
Situated on the edge of Borough market - Bedales is a great little place for a visit for those who love their wine and those who just like visiting great little bars. The ground floor has plenty of seating for those looking to enjoy a tipple from the very large selection of wines they have on offer round the walls of the room. The back has some seating which flows out into Borough market itself, and downstairs is an excellent cellar bar. The whole place has a great atmosphere to it, with lots of interesting characters enjoying their purchases. Staff are very friendly, although somewhat distracted when it get busy.
The corkage fee of £8 on each bottle I believe which is a bit over the top in my view. Especially when you consider the dictionary definition of corkage: a fee charged, as in a restaurant, for serving wine or liquor brought in by the patron.
Well - didn't we just buy the wine there rather than bring it with us?
Handy place for a drink just away from the bustle of Borough Market.
Well designed with an authentic winery feel. Wines by the glass or bottle, and some beers. You can choose any bottle from their shelves with an £8 corkage. There's a lot of seating in the cellar, which can be hired for group tastings.
Some great looking charcuterie platters.
However the more I looked the range didn't seem that great, so in the end I felt it was really a wine bar rather than a wine merchant with drinks.. unless I missed something and they have another shop as well.
This is a great little wine bar in the Borough Market. Its decor is on the rustic side, comfortable and spacious, all stone and wood.
I was here for a wine tasting, held in the cellar, and a great venue for it. A central table held a fascinating selection of bottles and some tasty tapas (pickled garlic = yum). Our host, Arnaud, was great: knowledgable, funny, and good at showing people that their own opinions and tastes can't be wrong.
The majority of their wines are organic and biodynamic. Whether you believe in the efficacy of the latter system or not, they've got some tasty bottles on hand.
When education, wine, and food come together in a charming setting, it's a very good night.
I enjoy wine, though I confess that I am not educated. I usually grab a random bottle, or re-visit the same wines over and again, but at Bedales I learned a lot about why I make my choices and why to not base my choices on grape variety alone.
In the future, if I am wanting to try a new wine or too, or take an out-of-town guest out for a nice bottle, this is exactly where I will return. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and the pours are what they should be - sized for sipping, not gulping!
It may become apparent, dear reader, once you read further down the page, that we bloody love Bedales. It is for good reason.
I was part of a group led down to the converted cellar one night for an evening of wine tasting and appreciation by Wine Master Of The World (this may or may not be his correct title) Arnaud. We were taken carefully and amusingly by the hand through some pretty exciting and unusual wine, entertained by Arnaud's anecdotes of stories both with ("What's the most expensive bottle of wine you've sent back?" "£600") and without wine ("What do you order in a restaurant?" "Beer").
Holed up in the cellar I was amazed at how quickly the time passed - I learned a lot (a lot more than I still remember now - should have taken more notes) and massively enjoyed myself. I'll be bringing people back here time and time again.
What a fabulous little wine bar! I was worried that on a Saturday evening it would be crowded and thus unpleasant (I don't like elbowing in to bars to order...), yet it wasn't when I visited, so I had the pleasure of being able to look around myself and chat comfortably.
The wine list was interesting and the bar staff extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The gewurztraminer I sampled off the by the glass wine list was as crisp and refreshing as a Granny Smith apple. I can't wait to get back there and sample more... or do a wine tasting. Then I'll eat something, too. And once I've done that, I will probably be able to add another star to my rating.
Bedales is a must when you visit Borough Market. You can escape the hustle and bustle of the Market and enjoy a glass (or 2).
The downstairs bit is nice and cosy. Ideal to spend an afternoon enjoying the wine and food. The wines are very good.
All around a lovely place to while away the time in a relaxed atmosphere.
This is where I met my man and I will always keep coming back.
The variety of wines is good. You will appreciate the welcoming atmosphere and the stylish interior. I recommend you to visit this place as soon as possible, but keep in mind that the prices are not so low.
OK, I will admit that the service is quality. And if you get a wine there and a food board, they are quite quality as well. and the bar itself has a rustic feel to it.
But seriously!! the prices????
For the cost of a glass of wine (which are SUPER small btw) I could buy a whole bottle from the middle shelf at sainsburys. THE MIDDLE SHELF PEOPLE! that's the good stuff.
The place is tiny, and it was unnecessarily crowded, and even though it was freezing in there, they obviously had been told to leave the doors open to increase the flow of business.
Raul and I did a groupon wine tasting thingy here, and the even itself was really nice. It took place in the cellar below, and they served loads of really nice cheeses and meats to match the 8 glasses of wine they served.
I would be HAPPY to recommend THAT to someone, but chances are the groupon offer isn't going to come around again, and you probably missed it, which means your only reading this review b/c you are looking at the place to go as a bar. and I would advise you not to. IF you want some wine and you are in Borough, go to Vinopolis! it's right around the corner! and it's not a total rip off!
I organized a wine tasting happy hour event for my coworkers at Bedales, and we all had a great time!It was effortless to plan an event here definitely recommend!
I really appreciated this place.Its so fantastic and i love the foods here and most especially the wines.I like the services that they will give you.The staffs are so cool and approachable.They treat the customer very well.
Bedales is a little gem of a place in the bowels of the Borough market (in their cellar you can feel the vibrations as trains rattle overhead). It offers a brilliant selection of wines from small and unusual wineries. If you are bored of drinking the same old wine or in a wine rut this is the place to come. On a Qype tasting we also got to sample Bedale's charcuterie and cheese boards which were truly brilliant - especially the comte and pickled garlic. Arnaud the Managing Director and Bedales Wine Drinker is a wealth of information and enthusiasm so if you can track him down in the store for advice you should do so.
Excellent selection of wine, a cute, cosy cellar to drink it in and the best, most delicious tapas platters ever.
After reading the reviews I thought I must pop in. I was a little surprised to find the place empty, it was a lunch time but other venues appeared to be busy. £10 for a glass of chilled Beaujolais and a few olives was possibly the reason. No serviettes with the oily olives didn't help my cause. I will try one of their wine tastings as admittedly the wine selection did look quite impressive.
Brilliant, would recommend to all
I was looking for a place to go today after work and I have just seen Bedales as wine lover. After reading all these comments, I decided where to go.. Thanks.
Absolute must visit! Great variety of quality wines! helpful staff!
Cuisine here is with a magical taste if I could afford it would have dinner here every day!
Charming little wine bar & wine cellar adjacent to Borough Market, focusing on Spanish wines. Laid back, non-pretentious. Delish meat & cheese platters and nibbles. (Bonus points for the hand-sliced Serrano ham.) Moderate prices. Good for: after work, after market drinks with friends.
love the place! have been on several occasions and its has such a lovely feel in contrast to the empty skeleton of borough market once the vendors have gone off.
have had a lovely experience with the wine here - the staff are obviously very knowledgeable and also accommodating on price range, which is not always the case at nicer wine shops.
my favorite part, however, was the small bites/tapas-y type food they willingly paired with appropriate wines for us. the whole thing made for several lovely, low-key evenings. would recommend to anyone!
What a treat. A proper wine shop that knows it stuff, where you can sit down and try things by the glass and if you've tasted something that's really tickled you pink, buy a bottle to take home with you to enjoy later. It's a wine bar too see, and food to compliment your glass they also have. Cheeses, meats, olives- everything to work those taste buds into a frenzy and all things that are satisfyingly salty making the wine all the more delicious. The Borough Market branch of this three store strong business is the first. Bedales head drinker and managing director Arnaud Compas started selling organic wines in 2001 in the market. Slowly one thing led to another, bonds were made, money was found and Bedales was born. Their philosophy is pure and simple. Drink the wine you enjoy and enjoy the wine you drink. This is not about knowing the chemistry behind it all, it's about the result: the drinking. Know the flavours, excite your taste buds and enthusiasm and the knowledge will come later. With things you won't be able to find elsewhere and things you would never have tasted before (I urge you to try the Fugnano Vernaccia di San Gimignano, but hold onto your seats, you're in for a surprise) Bedales is surely in a realm all of its own. All hail to the gods of wine.
I have been to Bedales several times, and never been disappointed by the quality of the food or the atmosphere that is really pleasant!! I highly recommend it to anyone willing to eat well!
the best Frecnh food in London
cozy venue..comfy and clean
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