Jamies Wine Bar is renowned in the city as the place to go for a post-office tipple. It’s classy, quiet and a perfect redeemer to a busy working day. My partner and I went in after work on a Wednesday to try and de-stress after what had been a very long afternoon, and test out a theory on whether the real cure to the hump day blues is actually just wine.
Venue and Atmosphere
I’d wager that Jamies Tudor Street gets busy on a Friday. A short walk from both Blackfriars and City Thameslink, it’s an obvious spot for City sorts looking to sink some drinks. On the evening we arrive it is relatively quiet, the bonus of which was I could easily converse with my partner. Dim lighting and a relaxed atmosphere lent the venue a romantic and cosy ambience for a spontaneous midweek date, and, I would imagine, offers a nice setting for a catch up with friends over a glass of wine.
Food and Drink
Upon arrival, we decided to treat ourselves to a glass of prosecco each (£6.50/glass). It was light, chilled and a refreshing change from the warm tube carriage we had just stepped off. Jamies Tudor Street offers a nice little food menu, from moreish bar snacks to burgers and sharing platters. We decided to share the ‘Tudor Street Platter’ (£15 for a small, £29 for a large). Featuring almost every food ever, from halloumi fries, to honey mustard sausages, tempura prawns, nachos, and numerous other bites and dips, it proved a delightful treat, and one that also served to line the stomach.
Deciding on what wine to have with our meal was slightly more difficult as the list is extensive. While it took us quite some time, the waiters were on hand to offer help and guidance in case of any confusion – thankfully there wasn’t too much... Eventually we opted for the Rioja Tempranillo Canchales (£28.00), an award-winning Spanish number with touches of vanilla and plum, which, while pungent, was soft and drinkable.
Whether or not you find yourself in this location often, this little wine bar in the middle of The City is a perfect place for a stiff bevvie and some tasty grub. The drinks menu offers a well-curated range of wines and classic cocktails, while the Jamies food choices can sate the appetite of even the pickiest eaters. Offering a relaxed feel to it – a thing greatly appreciated after a very busy day in the office – this cool and cosy spot is somewhere I would definitely return.