Barrafina founders' new wine bar Drop to forgo wine 'stuffiness'

Jane Ryan

27 July 2018

The restaurateurs behind Barrafina, Quo Vadis and El Pastor, Hart brothers Sam and James and business partner Crispin Somerville, have today announced details of their new Kings Cross venue The Drop.

A wine bar at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, The Drop is set to open this October and will serve wines with loosely British bistro dishes, cheeses, meats and oysters.

Aimee Hartley
Aimee Hartley

Aimee Hartley, founder of Above Sea Level and Genuwine, the wine and RnB dance party, has been brought in to curate the wine.

Hartley has picked bottles from classic regions where young, dynamic winemakers are incorporating modernity and tradition, as well as weird and wonderful wines from lesser corners of the globe. These will sit alongside some old tried and much tested favourites.

Most of the wine list is made up of low-intervention wineries, but, stresses the group, ultimately each bottle is picked for deliciousness.

‘The decision to open a wine bar here came very naturally,’ said Sam Hart. ‘James, Crispin and I are all great wine enthusiasts so when we saw the beautiful Victorian arches at Coal Drops yard, we immediately had a vision of people drinking Muscadet and eating oysters there.

‘We’re very excited to be working with Aimee and Yvonne who bring a fresh perspective, taking us a little off our natural beaten paths and helping us discover new and delicious things, as they will do for our guests.’

Aiming to take out the perceived pretentiousness that comes with wine expertise, Yvonne Neilson, formerly of The Marksman Public House and The Ten Bells, is coming in as general manager.

Famed for their dishes, the group has made a menu of of salads, stews, pies, proper puddings and cheeses. Karan Ghosh, formerly of Thomas’ at Burberry, will come in as head chef.

The venue is being designed by James Hart, with Michaelis Boyd Architects and Irving and Co designers and will feature timber, leather, brickwork and terracotta, and a big communal table at the heart of the room.


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