Verden is a new wine bar and restaurant located in East London. The extensive selection of wines, cheeses and charcuteries (many of which are made on the premises) are available to take away, as well, offering customers the best in artisanal produce.
Opened by Ed Wyand (former Head Maitre d’ at famous Mayfair restaurant Scott’s) and Tom Bell (former Ogilvy PR Associate Director), with Tom Fraser as Head Chef (who also joins from Scott’s), Verden boasts a team of strong believers in nose-to-tail cooking and the art of creating indulgent, classical dishes using carefully selected and sustainable ingredients.
Verden's sleek interior — Photo courtesy of Verden Wine Bar
Verden is open from midday Tuesday to Friday (and from 11 a.m. on the weekends), serving a selection of light lunch options (£10 for two courses, and £12 for three).
From 6 p.m. each day, the dinner menu offers a selection of home-made bar snacks such as duck rillettes (from £5) and mains such as red mullet, saffron potatoes and mussels and heather-fed lamb, kale and girolles.
Weekend brunch dishes include house favorites like the Verden club sandwich and pulled pork bun, harissa mayo and fried pickles, served alongside "breakfast wines" and aperol spritzes. Cheese and charcuterie boards (from £3.50) are available at all times.
Verden’s wine list features bottles from all over the world from regions like Jura (France), California (USA) and Goriska Brda (Slovenia), alongside classics like Burgundy (France) and Piedmonte (Italy). Verden’s use of a Coravin (an instrument that allows you to pour wine by the glass, without pulling the cork) means many more bottles are available by the glass.
The interiors of the restaurant are inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian design. From the turned wooden light fittings to the hand-made crockery, this converted East London pub space set over two floors is transformed into two stunning contemporary rooms.
Celebrating the best from the sea and the vines, Verden is hosting its first ever dinner event on Thursday, Oct. 23. Verden’s Seafood Dinner consists of six stunning courses, including Colchester rock oysters; beetroot cured salmon; grilled octopus; chorizo and potatoes; scallops, celeriac and hazelnuts; cod and cockles; and a gin and tonic jelly to finish.
The six-course menu is an incredible value at £35, with six matching wines for an additional £20. The dinner will be hosted in the stunning basement room at Verden for just 40 guests. Tickets are available online.
East London has become increasingly popular of late, with new restaurants opening up, and wine bars have been making a resurgence in the city, too. Verden is hot on trend!