The Wine Bar That’s Going To Shake Up Dalston

By Phil Clarke |
8th July 2018

More wine, Darling? How about a cocktail, Darling? Or a selection of modern European dishes, Darling? There’s a new wine bar in down and it’s called Darling, darling.

Darling is the inspiration of Charlotte Wilde, founder of Sager + Wilde and this is her first solo project, a wine bar and neighbourhood kitchen on Dalston’s Kingsland Road. The surroundings promise to be spectacular, dominated by a glass rotunda with  sea-coloured tiles and marble tables decking out this grade-II listed former pie and mash shop that dates back to 1910.

Equally spectacular should be the wine list, which has been carefully curated by Wilde herself. With over 100 wines to choose from and priced for all comers, with something for wine aficionados and second-from-the-toppers alike.

Alongside wine, design agency Destructive Lines have been given the curious duo responsibility of creating the interiors as well as the cocktail menu. As a result the cocktail offering will very much in keeping with the decor and influenced by ‘the decadent decay of the venue’s aesthetics and history’ (as an aside, a ‘decadent’ pie and mash shop sounds like our sort of pie and mash shop!).

In the kitchen Chef Dan Wilson has joined from Dandy and has created a limited a la carte menu of seasonal modern European dishes along with a more extensive bar-snacks menu available throughout the night.

The versatile space will also include a photography studio plus an events space that can be used for pop-ups in the evening and co-working space in the daytime. In addition to an additional private room will be available to hire and comes with it’s own honesty bar concealed in a 1920s industrial safe.

Sadly she’ll just miss the summer (Darling is billed to open in Autumn) but should the weather hold then al fresco diners can head to the suntrap terrace which will run along one side of the building.

Given the success of Sager + Wilde, Darling is going to be one to watch…

Darling is due to open later this year at 41 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, E8 2JS


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