York & Albany may represent quintessential England with their dining but just a few steps over you find yourself in what feels like the middle of an authentic vineyard with their Wine Bar. Upon entering the intimate space you really feel like you’ve been transported to somewhere much more romantic with cobbled floors, dark wood tables and of course, an abundance of wine.
A small kitchen area takes up the corner space of the room and they use it to concoct small plates, akin to tapas except they are made with British ingredients, to quell any hunger as you work through the plethora of wines available. Charcuterie and a solid cheese board with Bosworth Ash, Berkswell, Brighton Blue & Tunworth are amongst some of the musts available on the menu which is subject to change. Other favourites we sampled were the truffle bites, roast potatoes with romesco sauce, and flatbreads. If you are after a more-hearty helping of food then you can just head back to the main restaurant where they have an extensive menu covering dishes like pork chops, stone-bass and tagliatelle.
After relaxing in the dimly lit Wine Bar we headed over to the main restaurant for some desserts off the main menu of doughnuts with a rhubarb centre served with a crème anglaise – unbelievably delicious. They also serve a tempting array of cocktails at the bar if you fancy a change from wine.
The Wine Bar has a relaxed feel that creates the illusion that you’re on holiday which makes it a perfect place for dates – it is also available for private parties. The name may give it away but the emphasis is on the wine so make sure you have your drinking cap on as you work your way through all of the wines available. The staff is really helpful and cater well to dietary requirements and are part of the reason that relaxing in the Wine Bar is so tempting.