Nestled in the winding streets near the old Smithfield market, The Vestry is one of the latest wine bars to open its doors in the capital. Idle HQ popped down to check it out, read on to find out how we got on.
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Steeped in history, The Vestry is set on the historic Charterhouse street, right between Barbican and Farringdon stations. While the street, historically, was used as a trading base for the Smithfield markets with many of the meat vendors using its warehouses to store their goods; modern times have seen it become a hub of activity for gastro pubs, bars and, of course... Fabric.
Complimenting their already renowned traditional Fox and Anchor pub, the Vestry has opened its doors to offer guests a slightly more contemporary alternative with a strong focus on wines and seafood. Is it worth the visit? Read on to find out.
The Vestry Review
In contrast to the adjacent Fox & Anchor pub; exposed brick, high stools and quirky decor give the Vestry is a contemporary, cool NYC vibe. While the front of the building is in a galley style with several high stools and small enclosed areas, closer to the back opens out into a larger space with seating for couples and larger groups.
On arrival, although the bar was a little quiet, the staff and live music greatly compensated with their attentive and charismatic nature. Throughout the ordering process, they couldn't have been more helpful, with great insight into the extensive drinks menu and food choices available.
Starting with the drinks, the Vestry's wine offering is second to none. With an abundance of carefully curated wines from across the world, there's something suited to every accompaniment, whether it's steak, fish or simply some peanuts - there's a wine to match. The Vestry also use the illustrious Coravin wine system to serve high-end wines by the glass, meaning you can have a taste of that bottle of £200 wine, without having to fork out.
Alongside their extensive wine list, they've also created a unique selection of cocktails to compliment the classics you've come to expect. Beautifully presented and with bitter, sweet and everything in between on offer to suit your palette, you can be sure there's no case of pre-made syrup sitting under the counter here.
The Vestry takes a tapas-esque approach to food with various small plates on offer, alongside a selection of larger dishes for those looking for something a little heartier. While a focus on seafood is evident with f
What to Wear
Keeping in with the casual atmosphere of the bar, you needn't worry about getting dressed in your best for dinner at the Vestry. Keep things casual and cool with a simple pair of chinos topped with a knitted sweater. When looking at jackets, consider topping your look with a raincoat as below, or opt for a tailored overcoat in black or navy.
On That Note
All in all, we'd say the Vestry is a great spot for a few drinks if you're feeling a little peckish all the while. The option to mix and match (great value) small plates makes it ideal for a group and the added bonus of live music will have you buzzing away into the wee hours!
Tailoring events to your needs, the Vestry also has private hire space for buffets, wedding receptions, corporate hire and as well as being available for full exclusive private hire on weekends.