Just when you thought the Henson couldn't get any more delightful, they go and open a sweet little deli and bottle shop right in the heart of Marrickville's most family-friendly pub.
Grocery and Grog is in the little antechamber nest to the public bar and you may want to triple wrap your wallet in duct tape before venturing in for a stickybeak. There are lemons, limes, fresh fennel, tomatoes, avocados and individual eggs for sale in wooden racks beside a freezer full of Pat and Sticks ice cream. The small goods fridge houses cheeses, cured meats, dips, preserves, pickles and milk, and the opposite counter is where they store the boutique sherry, vermouth, locally distilled gins, liqueurs and Pana chocolates. But right up the back is where the serious fun begins. There's one whole wall dedicated to craft brews, and another to local, biodynamic, organic and low intervention wines.
Add the kind of sunny service you remember from the days when you knew your butcher by name and your green grocer gave your free fruit for a smile, and you have just about the most charming mixed-business-with-a-liquor-license in the city.
Didn't bring a carry bag with you? You can order a cheese or charcuterie plate to eat in house, or a panini if you need food on the go because the Jets are playing over at the oval.