Our Favourite Merchants

Our relationship with a wine merchant is driven by his or her brilliance in its own area.  We love talking to them and drinking with them.  Most of them sell to the public so do visit their websites.

Astrum Winecellars (Italy and Central Europe)
Thorman Hunt (France)
Vinetrail (France)
Fingal Rock Wines (France)
Bat & Bottle (Italy)
Indigo Wine (Spain)
Raymond Reynolds (Portugal)
Wine Barn (Germany)
Carte Blanches Wines (France & Spain)
Eclectic Wines (Greece)

We buy directly from Monmouth winemakers Richard and David Morris of Ancre Hill who make brilliant pinks, sparklers and Pinot Noir.

Whimsy on wine

The myth: 
a restaurant which says it spends much time choosing its wine list.

The truth:
one merchant will supply all of their wine and will sometimes write their list for them.

To justify a mark up (or, rather, because we love it) we try to make wine an area where we are radically better.  We want our guests to discover new wines and wine areas.


  • We taste with a handful of merchants, each regionally specialised, the only way to achieve variety and quality.
  • We have 4 or 5 people who take part in these regular tastings: it is not seen as the droit de proprietaire. Sadly.
  • Most of us have taken wine exams. This doesn't mean we know more than our guests, but we can help and should know the wines we list.
  • We offer up to about 20 wines by 125ml and 175ml glass sizes and, even better, by the carafe.
  • We have always limited the profit we make on better wines so that all wines on our list are more affordable. 

Bottle Shop/Wine Suppers

The wines you see on our list are very rarely seen in shops. In fact, if we see one of our wines in a supermarket, we usually delist it.

So if you've liked what you've drunk, we'll sell you wine at a reasonable price, usually just our cost price plus a pound or two of mark-up. Brilliant if you’re staying nearby.

Email us here for details.  We're also considering allocating an evening a week for you to bring your own bottle to supper.  Let us know what you think.

And if you'd like to be kept in touch with any wine suppers or tastings, do drop us an email here.

Typical Open Whites

(all by glass and carafe)

Gruner Veltliner 2015
Huber, Traisental, Austria


Fiano 2015

Mezzogiorno, Puglia, Italy


Sillogi White 2015
Moraitis, Paros, Greece


Soave 2015
Terrelunghe, Vicentini, Italy


Riesling Dry, 100 Hills 2015
Wittmann, Rheinhessen, Germany


Muscat 2015
Cora Loxarel, Penedes, Spain


Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Puech Berthier, Pays d'Oc, France



Toh Friulano 2014
di Lenardo, Friuli, Italy


Typical Open Reds

(all by glass and carafe)

Ciconia Tinto 2013
Alentejo, Portugal



Tempranillo 2013
Quinta Milu, Ribera del Duero, Spain



Montelpulciano d'Abruzzo 2014
Farina, Abruzzo, Italy



Cabernet Franc/Malbec 2008
Quieto, Mendoza, Argentina



Monastrell/Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Rafael Cambra, Valencia, Spain



Lemberger 2014
Weingut Aldinger, Wurttemburg, Germ



Nero d'Avola 2013
Mezzogiorno, Sicily, Italy



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