Anyone for supper?

This should be rather good. I’ve written recently about my new wine co-venture – Wine and Vinyl. We (my good friend Ben and I) have been involved in a couple of very successful events so far, bringing exciting natural, organic and biodynamic wines and vinyl music to the discerning gentlefolk of East London.

Now we’re signed up to our third, a very special three-course dinner event, with carefully chosen wine pairings and craft beer options, in collaboration with VOL and The Fermentarium.

It’s called the Blackhorse Friday Supper and the first is on Friday evening, February 27 at Blackhorse Workshop. We’re aiming to make it a regular thing after a couple of trial runs.

If you’re in East London, I would recommend you save the date. The food is going to be fantastic. Amir from VOL has trained in Michelin-star restaurants and is a very skilful cook. His three courses for £15 must be one of the biggest food bargains in London. Then there’ll be what I intend to make a wonderful selection of wines available by the glass for a fiver each, all designed to make each course sing (I’ll be posting the menu on the blog late next week), plus a live DJ and The Fermentarium providing a range of excellent quality local craft beers.

Should be fantastic. We hope you can join us. You can reserve your place by emailing


This is Wine and Vinyl…

There is literally nothing to dislike about good music and good wine. This is a truism my friend Ben and I had pored over umpteen times until, I suppose on the umpteen-and-oneth, we decided to do something about it.

We launched Wine and Vinyl at Blackhorse Workshop market in Walthamstow, East London, just before Christmas last year.

We source the best natural, organic or biodynamic wines and the best new and pre-loved vinyl records we can find, then enthuse relentlessly about them at markets, parties, special events – anywhere that works.

We offer try-before-you-buy tastings and listen-before-you-buy, er, listenings, we play DJ sets and generally try to have/facilitate a good time.

We’re lucky to have linked with Blackhorse Workshop at just the right time. Walthamstow is buzzing with the overspill of young creative types from Hackney and its environs, and many of them converge on Blackhorse Road.

The Workshop, run by the Barbican Arts Group Trust, is home to loads of talented artists and craftspeople, while the market gives people in E17 loads of good food-and-drink options – excellent coffee from Wood Street Coffee, good-quality beer, bread and wood-fired pizza from The Fermentarium, locally made cheese from The East London Cheese Board – these are all things we love, and we’re glad to be able to add good wine and good music to the mix.

Last Saturday, as well as hosting the regular monthly market (it’s always on the first Saturday of the month), Blackhorse Workshop was celebrating its first birthday – and Wine and Vinyl was there. It was a fantastic night with a brilliant atmosphere.

We have to congratulate Harriet, Rob, Toby and the rest of the Workshop team for putting on a superb show. Your hard work really paid off and we hope there’ll be many more parties like it.

Here’s a profile of the wines we were selling on the night. All of them went down really well. We practically sold out, as did Simon the beermaker (The Fermentarium). Stow folk can really put it away…


The next Blackhorse Workshop market will be on Saturday March 7 (if you can, do come along. It’ll be brilliant) but Ben and I are also planning a special food and wine event for the end of September with these talented Dutchmen. It’s going to be a gourmet treat for Walthamstow. Details to follow on this blog, and on our Wine and Vinyl Facebook and Twitter pages

Finally, here are a couple of tunes from Ben’s set. Hope you like them.

Happy birthday, Blackhorse Workshop!