Location: 2 Catford Broadway, Catford, London SE6 4SP
The Bottle Bar & Shop is an off license and bar in Catford, a short walk from both Catford stations. They sell quality wine, local craft beer and their own range of pre mixed cocktails and infusions as well as some delicious cheese and charcuterie to enjoy with your drink.
The pre mixed cocktails are very tasty, especially the twisted old fashioned! I’m a bit of a drinks snob, normally I make my own cocktails at home, but sometimes after a hard days work it is nice to effortlessly pour a professionally prepared cocktail and sit back and enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised to realise that the old fashioned was better than what you get in a lot of cocktail bars!
All of the wine I have tried in there has been excellent, each bottle is labelled with a full description of what you are buying in regards to flavours, dryness etc. and the staff are very knowledgable and can talk you through your choices. Of particular note was a dry Hungarian Tokaji, Furmint, which I bought there. I would say it was one of the best whites I have ever had the pleasure of drinking! Don’t expect to buy a cheap bottle of plonk in here as they only sell quality bottles.
The cheese and cured meats on the cheese and charcuterie board were appropriately sourced from businesses located in south east London. The cheese is from Neil’s yard Dairy, a London based cheese seller and producer with a store in Borough Market, and the meat was from Perinelli Salami of Penge in South East London. All of it absolutely delicious, we will be returning again soon! We were already acquainted with Neals Yard but it was wonderful to discover a local company doing quality cured meats!
This Bar is definitely one of the highlights of Catford and definitely worth a visit if you are in the neighbourhood!