pall mall wineI walked past it. Pall Mall Fine Wine is hidden away down the Royal Opera Arcade, behind the bustle of Trafalgar Square. On, what can only be described as Arctic April evening, we perched at our sophisticated little table outside, in the walkway of the arcade – perfect for people (and posh pug) watching. The red wine we ordered warmed the cockles and we promptly forgot we couldn’t feel our fingers.

On an investigative journey inside I discovered a quaint wine bar with people sat at, and propped against, wine barrels sipping fine wines. Jealous. A trip to the bathroom is hazardous to say the least, navigating the Everest-like spiral staircase down to the cellar adds to the charm (coming back up wasn’t any easier) and upon arrival there’s a weeny cubicle complete with none other than a bottle opener dangling from the toilet pull cord (yes I paused to take a picture). So back to the wine.

Meat, lemoncello, and some cheese

Meat, lemoncello, and some cheese

We were presented with a mellow, warming red – Italian Camillo de Lellis Rosso Riserva, a blend of montepulciano, trebbiano toscano and aglianico – that complemented our meat and cheese board. There were two cheeses, one creamy the other mature, I was more distracted by the healthy portion of cured salami. When I suggested to my cheese-loving friend that the salami had a hint of lemon oil she was quick to point out that, while I was enduring my bathroom escapade, my lemoncello had spilt a little on arrival and had “added to the flavour”. So, the lemoncello is included with the platter and really does complement the meat, honest.

A unique addition the the bathroom

A unique addition to the bathroom

The cheese to meat ratio was not entirely to my liking, with fromage a little on the stingy side, and there were no grapes to speak of (call me a traditionalist) so if you’re after a standard cheese and wine evening it’s probably not your bag. Having said that, I get the feeling – it’s in the name – that people head there for the wine. It was more than worth it to while away a couple of hours with our red companion, in what became the privacy of our very own arcade.

You can sometimes find Wowcher deals for this place, we discovered a nifty deal that gave us all of the above for £10 per person. Win. I’ll definitely be back for a cheeky tipple – but look for my cheese fulfillment elsewhere, I think.

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Natalie x

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