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The Bar That Put Natural Wine on the Map in London Has Closed for Good

Terroirs, a restaurant and bar connected to natural wine importer Cave des Pyrene, announces that it will close “for good”

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Terroirs in the days before the pandemic
Terroirs [Official Photo]

London’s original natural wine bar — Terroirs, a subterranean venue close to Trafalgar Square in the centre of the city — will close permanently after 13 years.

“It is with a very heavy heart, but also a lot of happy memories, that we have taken the tough decision to close the doors at Terroirs Central, for good,” the owners announced on Instagram last night. “It has been an amazing journey, and we have made so many friends along the way. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last 13 years…from our amazing team to our beautiful guests, we literally couldn’t have done it without you!”

It marks the end of an era for a business that kicked off one of the biggest and most iterated trends in hospitality over the last decade. The reasons for the closure have not yet been disclosed.

Founder and managing director Eric Narioo helped spawn a generation of terroir and low-intervention obsessed wine buyers and drinkers, which itself brought about a new kind of relaxed, simple European cuisine and style of irreverent hospitality. After Terroirs came Brawn, Ed Wilson and Josie Stead’s outstanding Mediterranean restaurant on Columbia Road, which was initially backed by Narioo and the Caves team.

Later, there was Soif in Battersea and Terroirs in East Dulwich. Both remain, as the owners also announced in the Instagram post. “For anyone panicking about charcuterie withdrawal, or a natural wine fix, rest assured that Terroirs East Dulwich and Soif (Battersea) will continue to trade as normal and the teams there, supplemented by some familiar faces from central,” it said.

But as well as the continued existence of both of those south London venues, and the many Caves des Pyrene wines in bars and restaurants across the city, it’s the very idea of the modern London European wine that can be traced back to Terroirs. A legacy that will live on not just through Brawn, but 40 Maltby Street, P. Franco, Westerns Laundry, The Winemakers Club, the soon-to-open Hector’s, and no doubt many more too.

Eater has contacted the owners for comment.

London

, , England Visit Website

Westerns Laundry

34 Drayton Park, , England N5 1PB 020 7700 3700 Visit Website

Terroirs East Dulwich

36-38 Lordship Lane, , England SE22 8HJ 020 8693 9021 Visit Website

P Franco

107 Lower Clapton Road, , England E5 0NP 020 8533 4660 Visit Website

The Winemakers Club

41a Farringdon Street, , England EC4A 4AN 020 7236 2936 Visit Website

40 Maltby Street

40 Maltby Street, , England SE1 3PA 020 8076 9517 Visit Website

Brawn

49 Columbia Road, , England E2 7RG 020 7729 5692 Visit Website

Soif

27 Battersea Rise, , England SW11 1HG 020 7223 1112 Visit Website

Terroirs

5 William IV Street, , England WC2N 4DN 020 7036 0660 Visit Website

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