Taking the traditional wine bar experience to a new level
28°-50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen – Review by Shane Champion
140 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1BT
TUCKED away in the heart of London’s legal district, 28°-50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen Fetter Lane is definitely the answer for those who are looking for a relaxed yet vibrant dining experience.
Named after the latitudes within which most of the world’s vineyards are located it is no surprise to see floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet displays. The décor is made up of reclaimed timber tables with sea-green, soft leather upholstery creating a warm and rustic ambience.
The restaurant has one of the most unique wine lists anywhere in London featuring a range of over 30 traditional and eclectic red and white wines available by the glass, carafe or bottle at very reasonable prices. There is even a ‘Collector’s List’ for the more discerning wine buff amongst you showcasing fine wines from private collections.
It was a busy lunchtime when my wife and I were invited to dine. From the hustle and bustle of the streets outside we entered the calm and casual interior to be met by restaurant manager Virve Stick who was also to be our sommelier for the day. Excited, we were both looking forward to having wine paired with each of our courses.
Once shown to our table a welcoming glass of champagne arrived whilst we pored over the menu which offers seasonal, modern European food. Ingredients are sourced both locally and from around Europe for the ever-changing menu meaning that only the finest produce is used.
To start my wife chose the Crab Salad with mango, avocado puree and coriander cress whilst I opted for the Goose & Mustard Terrine with cornichons and sourdough toast. These were accompanied by a glass of Argentinean Torrontes and a Chardonnay from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa respectively.
For mains I had chosen the Cod with broad beans, celery, potatoes and soubise whilst my dining companion opted for the Mackerel with cherry tomatoes, black olives, cannellini beans and basil. We were delighted with our beautifully presented choices which were further enhanced with the arrival of a Portuguese Verdelho along with a glass of Albarino from Spain.
The menu offers a selection of mains with something to suit the most varied of appetites including steaks, chicken, pork and lamb dishes with some very tempting sides.
Relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere it was now time for dessert. My waitress suggested the Roasted Black Fig Tart Fine with vanilla cream and white chocolate ice cream – I’m so glad I listened to her. Paired with a glass of French dessert wine this was delicious with a capital ‘D’. Across the table my wife had decided on the Chocolate Delice with salted caramel and passion fruit sorbet paired with a dessert wine from the Roussillon region in France. Empty plates and glasses spoke for themselves!
In summary, 28°-50° Fetter Lane is the ideal venue for an intimate lunch or dinner or even power lunch, business meeting or just a glass of wine and a bite to eat after work. There is a mezzanine level which would be perfect for meetings. Prices are reasonable for the City and the staff are both welcoming and knowledgeable in equal measures. Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner this is certainly a place that should be on your to-do list.
For more information please visit www.2850.co.uk/fetter