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They’ve already won the title of the Best Roast in Great Britain and The Sustainable Pub of the Year Award in 2015 with The Truscott Arms and now Andrew and Mary Jane Fishwick are opening a wine bar, The Truscott Cellar, in Belsize Park.

Set over two floors, the pair have called in Michel Schranz Design and Architecture, to develop the site,  they’ve gone for sustainable British wood and plenty of dark marble throughout the sixty-cover restaurant, it’s all very sleek.

Of course being a wine bar, it’s the wine that does the talking here and they have over 300 wines by the bottle and 50 available by the glass too. They’ll be championing small and rare producers and wine flights will draw from Andrew’s existing AA Notable Wine List 2015 at The Truscott Arms.

With Launceston Place and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal under his belt, you know that Executive Head Chef, Aidan McGee will have cook up a veritable feast in the kitchen. Focusing around British plates and sharing dishes, they’ve taken classic British dishes and given them The Truscott Cellar treatment; so you’ll find Truscott Beef Chips, mushroom Welsh rarebit and a roast root vegetable with Jersey Royal fondue. If you’re looking for something to pick at whilst drinking the wine, we hear they have an extensive range of British charcuterie, artisan British cheeses and a pretty special Billingsgate fish board which includes potted shrimps, whitebait and a London old time classic, cured eels.

The signature dishes will be Cellar Skins with fillings including creamed haddock and spring onion and Wookey Hole cheddar and fried leek. Dishes from The Truscott Arms will also appear on the menu, including slow braised beef cheek with smoked mash and pork belly with spinach and lentils. Finish with chocolate mousse with Regents Park honeycomb or Gooseberry fool with dried rosehip shortbread.

Looks like we’ll all be taking a trip to Belsize Park this weekend then.

The Truscott Cellar: Opens 11th September, 240 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, NW3 2AE,  find out more here