Gearoid Devaney MS and Xavier Rousset MS' new wine bar The Black Book to launch this week

Jacopo Mazzeo

Jacopo Mazzeo

08 September 2020

The Black Book is set to open its doors in London's Soho on 10 September under the watchful eye of hospitality veterans Gearoid Devaney MS and Xavier Rousset MS 

The new wine bar and restaurant replaces Trade, the Soho 'refuge' for London's hospitality professionals which closed during the national lockdown due to Covid-19.

The venue will be specialising in ‘rare and interesting wines’ alongside classic brasserie dishes and bar snacks.

‘Soho is a community, and it always has welcomed all with open arms, and that’s why commis chefs, to commuters, date nighters and late night diners all find refuge here,’ commented Rousset.

‘We wanted to open up The Black Book as well as welcome back our members to ensure everyone felt especially part of this community to toast to good health, eat well and embody the spirit of what we love about Soho too. The Black Book blends perfectly the elements that we think make Soho special – some glamour to be enjoyed by all.’

The name, a nod to the sommelier tradition of writing their own tasting notes in black books, discloses the bar’s wine focus.

The Black Book’s by the glass offer includes supertuscan Tassinaia (£12) and Francois Cotat’s Sancerre (£14). Guests will also be able to choose bottles from Rousset and Devaney’s ‘Black Book’ collection of fine wines (eg Sassicaia 2010 at £250 or Barbarine Gangloff Côte-Rôtie 2000 at £205), which had already made a name for itself as part of Trade’s offering.

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