Wine retailing runs in the bloodstreams of the two families that own Bedales. Their shops offer a globetrotting list of uniformly high quality, and they sell it with pride and enthusiasm. The attraction both at the original shop in Borough and the newer one in Spitalfields is the opportunity to try the wines in combination with simple and immaculately sourced food, from cheese plates to charcuterie. The mark-up on every bottle is fixed at £8: the higher you go the better the bargain. While Bedales will admit to favouring Italian and French wines, it stocks and has tastings of wines from around the world, including those harder-to-find wines that you might not be able to source yourself.
Branches 55 Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LT (7929 3536); 12 Market Street, E1 6DT (7375 1926)