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Bottles opens in Spitalfields Market

SEEN is hugely looking forward to tonight’s launch in glorious Old Spitalfields Market of a wine bar that ‘combines Italian warmth and London edge’. BOTTLES is the brainchild of the co-founders of Bottle & Battles in Mercato Metropolitano who have teamed up with pop-up restaurant concept SOOD Family.

Italian food and wine aficionados Franco Mancini and Daniele Marano have owned Bottle & Battles since 2016, bringing their novel approach to the city’s wine scene. Their new venture in Spitalfields will create a friendly and unpretentious environment that’s about discovering new wines, revisiting favourites and exploring personal tastes.

The focus, unsurprisingly, will be on quality wines made by small independent producers and farms in Italy, showcasing regional and indigenous varieties and exploring forgotten grapes. This approach reflects Franco and Daniele’s diverse tastes and styles and the result of careful selection by BOTTLES’ sommeliers. The wine list will also reflect international tastes, giving the discerning oenophile a choice of 180 labels.

Every member of waiting staff is a sommelier in their own right, giving guests personalised advice on pairing with food and the breadth of regional varieties of wine on offer. The reds include Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Terre di Gnierega docg 2012 – Veneto; Chenas Philippe Pacalet 2015 – Beaujolais, France; and Moristel Tinto Bodega Pirineos Principio 2016 – Pyrenees, France. The Whites include Fiano Don Chisciotte Zampaglione igt 2015 – Camapania; Ottavio Rube Vino Bianco 2016 – Piedmont; and Keknyelu Szerelmy Badacsony 2016 – Hungary.

To complement this stunning range of wines, SOOD Kitchen brings attentive service, a smartly appointed restaurant space and the culinary talents of Michele Pompili (Chiltern Firehouse), Carlo Deho’ and Portuguese native, Nadine Martins Verissimo (Taberna de Mercado), after their year-long residency on at Kitchens of Old spitalfields Market.

Each dish has been selected to pair with specific regional wines, but the chefs have given the seasonal Italian ingredients a twist. Evening dishes are designed to be lingered over, whilst City diners can have a quick bite and restorative glass of wine on the run.

The delicious-sounding menu includes: Asparagi e fave; Fried oyster, hazelnut puré, lardo di colonnata; Home-made cantucci; Octopus tortelloni and Apricot tart with goat’s cheese.

BOTTLES is set over two floors. You can get in from the market or Brushfield Street. It can accommodate 50 covers with an outside terrace for a further 25.

The design sounds lovely: brass light fittings, exposed bricks and vintage reclaimed fruit crates, offset with lush old gold and blue velvet soft furnishings and distressed leather stools, as eclectic as the wine.

The space can host large groups looking to share dishes and fine wines to couples looking for something more intimate. An open kitchen dominates the lower floor while a tall refrigerated display of cured meat and cheeses is the focus of the first floor. Vintage fittings will draw the eyes while the Mozzarella Bar at the market entrance sounds perfect for those who want a drink and a snack – and who want to keep an eye on the market. Downstairs, the music will be turned up as the night progresses, the lights dimmed while guests extend their evening over wine and talk. How very Italian.

Old Spitalfields Market
67 Brushfield Street
E1 6AA