Two of the best wine shops and delis in the city are returning to their former lives as two of the best hidden wine bars in the city. Provisions, the deli and importer on Holloway Road that specialises in all things French, and Furanxo, the deli and importer on Dalston Lane that specialises in all things Spanish, are both resuming evening wine service: the former from 25 May; the latter since Saturday 14 May.
The ad-hoc vibe of both bars, with stools perched around tills and drinkers sitting on shelves where necessary, pairs appropriately with the lightly worn wine expertise on show. Both also use their strengths on the plate: Provisions’s cheese range is outstanding, while the Iberian charcuterie on show at Furanxo is rarely matched. Cheers to a welcome return.
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