Blandford in particular managed to pull off being the ultimate setting for wine, and now the restaurateur and sommelier with a 'rock star' wine list is moving to Mayfair. There's a relaxed all-day cafe on the ground floor, but the real focus for foodies will be on the enormous downstairs wine shop, which allows buyers to pop upstairs and decant their bottles in the cafe.
You'll eat classic European and British dishes, from hearty British breakfasts to lighter, Viennese-inspired pastries which are also available to-go. Then throughout the day, salads, soups and lighter cooked dishes will let the wine breathe and take centre stage.
In the evening, food gets heartier – lots more meat – but veers towards small plates to share, so there's still nothing to detract from the wine. On the list are 100 Champagnes and 1,000 wines, from a list which focuses on the classics but has plenty of time for the New World. Corkage is £10 if you'd like to take bottles to the cafe, but there's obviously a decent wine menu in there too.
We're not usually ones to jinx things, but, on this occasion – judging by Rousset's past successes – we can say that Comptoir Cafe and Wine should be a fine place for a drop, just minutes from Oxford Street.
Opening date: April 22nd
Price: £12-24 per head on average
Time: 8am until late, daily
Reservations: Not yet available
|What||Comptoir Cafe and Wine, Mayfair|
21-22 Weighhouse Street, Mayfair
W1K 5LY | MAP
|Nearest tube||Bond Street (underground)|
On 22 Apr 17, Opening times: 8am until late, daily
|Website||Visit Comptoir Cafe and Wine's website for more information|