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Archive for April 2017

Calling all Cyclists! Tom and the Peloton 2013 Ventoux AOC

We are proud to present this red Ventoux to mark the 50th anniversary of Tom Simpson’s death, a British cyclist from the 1960s, one of the best ever, who died of exhaustion within a mile of the summit of Mont Ventoux. A memorial on the roadside close to where he died has since become a place of pilgrimage. A rich Ventoux red for £12.80 per bottle - for each bottle sold, it includes a small charitable donation to the Simpson family to maintain the memorial. 
Born in County Durham, Tom Simpson was one of Britain’s greatest cyclists. Specialising in pursuit racing, he won amateur medals at both the 1956 Olympics and the 1958 Commonwealth Games. 
In 1959, Simpson moved to France, winning his first professional race, the Tour de Flanders, two years later. He was the first ever British rider to wear the Yellow Jersey, finishing 6th overall in the Tour de France of 1962. His pleasant disposition made him popular with both fans and the peloton. 
Sadly, in the thirteenth stage of the Tour of 1967, Simpson collapsed and died during and ascent of Mount Ventoux. He was 29 years old. A memorial on the roadside close to where he died has since become a place of pilgrimage. His character and charm, but determination and will to win ensures that Tom, le plus fort will always be held in high esteem by his fellow cyclists.
“His body ached, his legs grew tired, but still he would not give in.”


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Free BYO for all

We've worked hard to partner with some of the best local restaurants surrounding our shops. Take advantage of their fantastic BYO offers and forget about having to do the dishes for a night!


The Empress E9 (Hackney)

130 Lauriston Road, London, E9 7LH

020 8533 5123

Michelin Bib Gourmand winner and one of Hackney's best gastropubs - conveniently located just across the road from us. Enjoy FREE BYO every Tuesday for all our wines. 


Bistro Union (Clapham)

40 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NG

020 7042 6400

Famed for their "quintessentially British cuisine", we're thrilled to have these guys down the road from us in Abbeville Village. Enjoy FREE BYO every Sunday and be sure to pre-book for their legendary Sunday Sunday Supper Club.


The Gatehouse (Highgate)

1 North Road, Highgate Village, N6 4BD

020 8340 8054

Don't be fooled by it's traditional English exterior! Chef Chris Payne has helped transformed this Highgate icon into one of North's London's top gastropubs. The new menu has a delightful Spanish focus, and expect a wine and craft beer list to savour. Enjoy FREE BYO every Monday for all wines brought from us.


Market Restaurant (Camden)

43 Parkway, London, NW17PN

020 7267 9700

A hidden gem for Camden locals. There's a real focus on British cuisine and showcasing the best of the season with a daily changing menu that reflects this committment. Enjoy FREE BYO every Monday for all wines brought from us. 

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