Anyone worth their salt in the New Farm/Teneriffe community already knows about Claret House Wine Bar. Situated in among the hustle and bustle of the London woolsheds, as an outsider you could be forgiven for passing by without much of an inclination to the joys housed within, but once you're on that inviting deck, wine in hand, a bowl of potato skins beside you (yes, that's right, I said potato skins), it's hard to remember why you've ever wanted to head anywhere else on a Friday eve'.
The menu is designed for sharing, which is hard to do when the food is this good. If you can resist the urge to be greedy then Claret House has created the ideal menu for a sociable snack while enjoying one of their many fantastic wines. Their new winter menu features pork belly sliders, pan-fried baby squid stuffed with chorizo, garlic herbed marrowbones, and, of course, the aforementioned skins with roasted garlic aioli. (Sorry to keep harping on about the skins, but they are such a hit with Claret House fans that they've even released a bowl of winter skins especially for the cold season—think beetroot, turnips, and sweet potato with rosemary salt. Heaven with a merlot on a winter night.)
They also offer more substantial fare (though it's still perfect for sharing), like slow-cooked duck Maryland with honeyed parsnips, and chateaubriand with Parisian mash. The Claret House team have a casual approach to dining and service that makes the whole experience totally relaxed and friendly, like dinner at home with friends (if your friends were amazing chefs and had their own, impeccably stocked, wine cellar). They obviously also appreciate the appeal of a perfectly cooked piece of meat—which is something we applaud—because you can head down to their weekly barbeque from 12pm on a Sunday, or partake of their famous Roast Night every Wednesday.
And they don't just cater to carb lovers. One half of the Claret House team, Lili, is an out-and-proud coeliac, and almost every item on the menu is, or can be, gluten free!
The menu isn't the only factor drawing a crowd after work. To say Claret House is a good location for a date is an understatement. The romance in the air in this little wine bar is almost palpable; it's in the jazzy, low-key tunes, the wine, the share plates, the gentle forgiving lighting, the wine… Ok, so after a few minutes here you might have a mild case of Rosé coloured glasses. But this is definitely one after-work drinks spot where love could blossom. Claret House is also available for functions (because, you know, after your date goes so well you're eventually going to need a wedding venue).
You know where we'll be after work, come Friday. (Actually, you better make that Wednesday, as well. Claret House have happy hour on both of these very drink-appropriate evenings.)
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