The Mulwray at The Blue Posts, Soho
If The Mulwray sounds familiar, chances are you visited the bar in its previous life. Stowed on the first floor of Layo and Zoë Paskin’s multifaceted venue The Blue Posts, The Mulwray was launched as a cocktail bar back in 2018, but has recently been taken over by über-cool, pioneering sommelier Honey Spencer, who also acts as wine director of The Blue Posts’ sister sites, exceptional Israeli restaurants The Palomar and The Barbary.
Natural wines are now the focus here, but Spencer isn’t jumping on the zeitgeist; she’s long been passionate about the movement, and even has a crop of vines growing at Tillingham, a wine estate in Sussex specialising in biodynamic production. She’s also passionate about educating her customers in the benefits of drinking chemical-free wine and if you’re lucky enough to have her service on your visit, she’ll enthusiastically take you through her vast collection, exhibited in a glass cabinet stretching across one wall of the elegant but simply dressed bar.
The menu is gloriously user-friendly, opening with a page of Firm Favourites, from which the Champagne Éclats de Meulière and a tart rosé from Austria – the sole pink on the list – are not to be missed. A second page, The Path Less Trodden, features wines from all over Europe as well as California. Wild and Free includes a selection of orange wines worthy of exploration and, at the back, a short selection of sake complements the Japanese cuisine being served by the Selby brothers downstairs at their intimate 10-seat restaurant, Evelyn’s Table.
A short selection of very reasonably priced bar snacks (do try the punchy Japanese pickles) offers the simple sustenance required to linger longer and sample one more glass.
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First Floor, The Blue Posts, 28 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DJ