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Printers & Stationers

Bars and pubs, Wine bars Bethnal Green
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)

Like Dreambagsjaguarshoes, Dalston Superstore and Stoke Newington International Airport, this café-bar has a misleading name. The casual visitor in search of a ream of Basildon Bond will find shelves of bottles where they might expect a highlighter display, a selection of French groceries instead of a photocopier. Because it’s actually a wine shop.

What sets Printers & Stationers apart from your average off-licence is the small bar area at the back, where you can enjoy any of the bottles for a £9 mark-up and a few by the glass – one red, one white and one rosé.

But there is also a notably fine French sparkler for £6 called Flute Enchantée, made by feted winemaker Xavier Guillaume in the Côte d’Or.

The stock is all from independent producers, mainly French, with many interesting varieties including natural and organic wines. There’s a particularly fruitful selection in the £8-£15 range.

It’s a lovely place, styled somewhere between a ramshackle antique shop and an eccentric French tante’s living room. There’s rickety furniture, chandeliers, candles, piles of leather-bound books, hunting trophies.

Jazz parps away in the background; a snoozing dog was shifted from a Queen Anne-style sofa so I could sit down, but returned expectantly with the arrival of my cheese and charcuterie plate. There are also croques monsieur and a few sandwiches for the peckish.

It’s simple stuff, and normally a limited offering like this wouldn’t merit much attention. But the artfully cluttered, unusual space is easy to spend time in, and the wine and food is clearly chosen with love. It’s no doubt packed on flower market day (Sunday), so perhaps a midweek evening visit might be more agreeable.


Venue name: Printers & Stationers
Address: 21a Ezra Street
E2 7RH
Opening hours: Open noon-8pm Wed-Fri; noon-7pm Sat; 11am-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Hoxton overground
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Truly independent, welcoming and homely. Three unusual words in the London bar scene.


This place is all about simplicity. A limited drinks option, a few bites and a venue which allows you to enjoy your surroundings, be it inside the quirky and mismatched interior or outside on the street, people watching and enjoying the sun in a quiet little enclave. You almost feel like your starring in a movie of your own life. They sell one type of red, white and rose wine. A beer and cider. And not much more. A delightful haunt to impress a date for it cute and romantic air. Just don't go expecting too much. 

Popped in here on a Friday afternoon with a couple of New Yorkers visiting London town. It was a scorching day so we sheltered in the back room in the shade, love the bohemian style & bric-a-brac. The service was excellent & the drinks fine. A memorable afternoon for all.

Excellent location but having been to many wine bars in my time, the wine served here is below average, very limited and not worth the money. The service was below standard- staff were clearing up our table whilst we still had half a bottle of wine to finish (and it was only 5.30pm!) I presume this is because they wanted to close bang on-time. On top of this the owner was extremely rude and very unwelcoming. A real shame but I wouldn’t waste your time or money on this venue.

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