Bedales of Borough, one amongst London’s greatest wine bars in the heart of buzzing Borough Market, is celebrating its first decade this month with the release of a fantastic ten-year celebration menu.
Formerly a market potato store and, and in a former life a Greek restaurant, which was showcased in the 2001 hit film, Bridget Jones Diary (the spiral staircase featured in the film, as well as the trap door for all those potatoes), the site was lovingly transformed into the Bedales of Borough that is so loved by Londoners and tourists today.
On the food front, Rob Dann, Co-Founder and Culinary Director, has created the ultimate Bedales of Borough 10-year anniversary menu. The new menu offers an excellent selection of dishes that go well with a drink or two of wine from the exceptional Bedales wine list. Highlights include, smoked anchovy toasts, Manchego cheese puffs, and Wild mushroom tartlets among the new Canape items. Wild boar & manchego, chicken liver mousse, and Jamon Iberico Ceba de Campo are among the charcuterie options, whilst small plates include Escargot in garlic and parsley butter, Asparagus with almonds and Angostura butter, Chargrilled prawn and octopus skewer, and Chorizo in white wine.
The first level of the restaurant was added in 2018 and as the business continued to grow, as did the restaurant, with the area now dominated by the magnificent open kitchen, greater eating space, and, of course, the stunning 60-cover market terrace, in order to focus more on the food menu. The market terrace, located in “the Gods” and overlooking the spectacle of London’s most renowned food market, is the finest position for that most unforgettable alfresco experience.
Elsewhere, the restaurant’s basement, is now used as an 18-person tasting room and a popular London event location, whilst the ground floor is a 60-seat wine bar with large, industrial studio-style windows that bathe the room in sunlight, distressed concrete floors and walls adorned with shelf after shelf stacked with hundreds of bottles of handpicked fine wines, and the impressive bar with its distinctive black and white diamond patterned frontage to the back of the room.
This summer, from May through August, Bedales of Borough literally expands into the market, with an additional 50 seats for market side drinking and dining. Wine Director Mario Sposito, and the team believe in the importance of heritage and support small independent winemakers with their characterful wines, always evolving and never chasing fleeting trends, aiming for quality and pleasure, with every visit to Bedales an opportunity for a new discovery. To commemorate their tenth anniversary, the crew will be serving specialities and a limited by the glass selection from the 2012 vintage, in addition to their renowned extensive wine list.