Bottle Apostle does so many things so well, it's a wonder that people don't flock in from all points west to take advantage of something here.
Firstly, as a wine shop, it's terrific. They provide a good sampling of various types and regions (from complex Bordeaux to sakes), and everyone there is able to speak with some knowledge about any of the offerings (inc a limited selection of spirits and liqueurs as well). The manager of the shop is so well-spoken and knowledgeable about the offerings, you can't help but to wonder where he finds the time to do anything else with himself!
The shop also offers a series of supper clubs in the downstairs area, and these events are terrific. We just attended a 5-course vegetarian meal with wine pairings by an up-and-coming chef who'd done time in some of London's best kitchens--and it was such a great experience. The wine was well-paired and explained, and the food was sensational. Plus the friendly ambiance and setting just made for a perfect evening.
This shop just adds to the embarrassment of riches in this area, and especially on cold winter's days, I'm very grateful for its proximity to home!
This is one of the newest additions to Victoria Park Village - a boutique independent wine shop on the site of one of the original reasons to visit this area - Frocks restaurant, which closed earlier this year. The transformation is remarkable and this new store is well laid out and full of hard-to-find and specialist wines, many of which you can try using their novel Enomatics machines - self-service wine machines. You buy a top-up card and start sampling.
I went in on a whim and found myself asking for a very specific NZ Riesling - and came away with a bottle of Pikes 2008 Riesling from the Clare Valley in Australia, a great companion to Vietnamese food from Namo, around the corner. There are wine tastings and events on the way.
Super lovely wine shop with a wide selection and knowledgeable friendly staff. They also have membership cards which remember what you have bought in the past. Really useful for when you forget the name of the epic bottle of Pinot you had a few months ago.
Cheapest bottles start at about £7 and they're very good value for the quality.
bottle apostle has just opened in what was Frocks Restaurant on the edge of Victoria Park and 2 doors from the Ginger Pig.
It is an EXCELLENT wine shop.
There are wine tasteing dispensers where you put in a card and help yourself to a taste from about 20 different wines, sweet looking dispenser. And actually I guess that it is cheaper to buy than in a pub - they don't seem to have gone for a mark up on this part.
Wine selection is good and varied and they do a range of beers, say 15 or so different ones, that I haven't seen elsewhere.
How civilised to pop in there, try a glass or two for a few pennies and then buy a bottle or two for the weekend and a couple of beers for 'just in case' You can also buy your meat at the butchers two doors along at the Ginger Pig - I'll do another review for them
Decor is good
The two chaps that seem to run it appear enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
Only draw back is there are no young attractive women staff.
Bottle Apostle features daily sampling, tasting events and excellent wine purchasing advice. We aim to make buying outstanding wine fun and hassle-free.
- Self-sampling of wine from our unique Enomatics tasting machine
- Always on hand to offer advice and recommendations for wine drinkers of all levels.No knowledge needed!
- Free tastings every Friday evening (5pm-8pm) and all day Saturday.
- Professional food and wine matching available.
- Formal and informal tasting events including instore tastings, supper clubs, themed events and much more.
Established in 2009.
We opened the first Bottle Apostle in July 2009 with the idea that a wine shop could cater as much to the wine novice as it does to the seasoned tippler. We believe customers should be able to explore wine without feeling intimidated simply because they might not know much about it. At the same time we strive to offer much more than the often predictable off-license or supermarket selections. We aim to carry a broad range of wines at various price points and believe anyone should be able to buy a great bottle at a competitive price, without compromising on flavour or quality.
We were delighted when the Telegraph Magazine kindly awarded us Britain's Best Small Wine Shop in 2011 after only a short time of trading... And very recently, we were awarded "Small Independent Merchant of the Year" by the IWC, with which we were equally chuffed! We hope you'll take the opportunity to pop into either shop and discover why.
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