40 Maltby Street

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WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY: 5:30 P.M. - 10 P.M. | FRIDAY: 12:30 P.M. - 10 P.M. | SATURDAY: 11 A.M. - 10 P.M. | CLOSED SUNDAY
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Situated in a railway arch in what, until very recently, was a particularly quiet area of Bermondsey, 40 Maltby Street’s spartan, no-nonsense space is an oasis for lovers of real wine and product-driven cooking.

The food of chef Steve Williams is firmly rooted in Britain and its seasons, and is some of the best in town. Game, when it is around, is particularly good here and owner Raef Hodgson always has something great open to wash it all down, whether it’s a nimble, thirst-slaking gamay from Vincent Tricot or the wonderful Slovenian wines of Aleks Klinec. And on a cold winter’s night don’t leave leave without a glass of “fire water”—a wonderful eau de vie from Alsatian producer Christian Binner served from a demi-john behind the bar.

Known For
  • bar food
  • full menu
  • natural wine
  • low wine markups
  • outdoors / patio
What to drink
Anything from the Auvergne, as they have the best selection in the U.K.
Neighborhood
Bermondsey
ProTip
Saturday is market day on Maltby Street and within a few minutes walk of the bar you can visit some of London’s best artisan food suppliers, such as Neal’s Yard Dairy, St John Bakery, The Ham & Cheese Co. and The Kernel brewery. Afterwards, perch at the bar for a plate of the Saturday special—a baked leg of ham, carved to order and served with nothing more than a basket of good bread and dab of proper English mustard.