Wine bar opens at historic London pub

Posted: 15 February 2012

Blog category: News

The Jamaica Wine House, one of the City’s most iconic pubs, has opened a new wine bar in its former cellar. 
Tucked away in St Michael’s Alley off Cornhill and Lombard Street, The Jamaica Wine House now includes Todd’s Wine Bar in a bespoke venue downstairs. 
The intimate bar, a complementary feature to the bustling pub above, offers a variety of the finest wine from Todd’s the Wine Company, as well as some classic cocktails, Asahi Super Dry Japanese lager and bistro-style food. 
The bar’s creation by Shepherd Neame includes luxurious leather booths, subdued lighting, glass-topped high drinking tables, ornate chateau-style doors and posters from old Champagne houses. Also incorporated are traditional pupitres, used to hold Champagne bottles by the neck, allowing each bottle to be “riddled”, an intricate process in the production of Champagne. 
Todd's the Wine Company offers a wide range of distinctive products from across the world. It supplies exclusive brands such as triple-distilled IKON Vodka and Eaton Blue Gin and international names including Grey Goose, Tanqueray, Louis Roederer's Cristal Champagne and the ports from the renowned Taylor's Estates. 
To maintain top quality and the highest standards in the bar, Shepherd Neame has invested in the newest technology to ensure that all wine is stored and served at the perfect temperature, whether by the glass or bottle. 
Todd’s Wine Bar represents yet another reason to visit the Jampot, as The Jamaica Wine House is affectionately known among its devoted clientele, many of whom work within the Square Mile. Other visitors include tourists, who often stop at the pub as part of the City’s walking tours. 
The Jamaica Wine House opened in 1652 as London’s first coffee house and was visited by diarist Samuel Pepys. The red-stoned building of today dates from 1869 and the pub retains the original 19th century cooker used to roast coffee beans. 
Shepherd Neame retail director Nigel Bunting said: “Todd’s Wine Bar is a vibrant and exciting addition to The Jamaica Wine House, giving visitors a wider choice of food, drink and environment. There can be few pubs in London that provide such a versatile and high quality offer and such good value for money.”