The Poultry, 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
WLC Rank : 244
Glass from : £ 6 (125 ml)
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Headed by one of the most experienced sommeliers in London, Olivier Marie, formerly chief wine curate at L’Oranger under Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing, this is a serious humdinger of a selection.
Headed up by one of the most experienced sommeliers in London, Olivier Marie, formerly chief wine curate at L’Oranger under Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing, this is a serious humdinger of a selection.
Running to over 60 pages, with almost the same number of wines offered by the glass, the classically arranged list (by country and region) culminates, charmingly, with a final section highlighting wines which may have been ‘overlooked’ given the breadth of the printed vinous galaxy.
Although Marie’s list is an exercise in globetrotting – England appears to have been omitted, however – Marie’s preference appears to be for wines with a backbone of acidity, reflected in the extensive listings of whites from the Loire Valley, Chablis, Germany and Austria.
Such freshness in wines cuts through the hearty fare of chef, Damien Rigollet, who has also seen service at The Bleeding Heart, Farringdon. Starters may range from ballotine of foie gras with fig chutney, to Burgundian snails with oodles of warm garlic butter, to main act, USDA rib-eye, or even whole seabass ‘Wellington’ with watercress sauce.
Service is on the money and while margins applied may feel punchy, the famous rooftop location with terraces and a very decent cocktail bar make it all memorably worthwhile.
Also, note the ‘Mondays Love Wine List’, where several picks from the cellars are offered to diners at retail price. The varied set lunch and weekend brunch menus also offer keen value.
By Zeren Wilson