Proudly standing as one of London’s most iconic,
unknown and cosiest hangouts, The Arches on Finchley Road in London’s North Western suburbs is a little deceiving to the eye from the outside. Unless you’re in the know, passing by or referred to by a friend, you wouldn’t know of this venue and its vast collection of fine wines under the décor of antiques from floor to ceiling, a rare find and experience in the ever evolving and modern London city.
I enjoyed my delicious home made inspired lunch, one reminding me of Sundays in Croatia where my grandmother would unknowingly cure my hangover with her lamb roast. But what’s more impressive at The Arches is the wine listing, several pages of historical significance ready at the whelm of any wine enthusiast willing to pay the price.
What We Ate
What We Drank (Over an extended period of time)
I’m not a real big rosé of anything fan, I’ve found that as my taste buds have gotten a little older, my thirst for anything sweet has softened and I’ll often ask for a stiffer version of whatever I am ordering. As a frequent drinker of the basic Cristal, I’m never too fussed about the hype, in fact I’ve openly mentioned numerous times that I prefer Ruinart Blanc De Blancs if I have a choice in the champagne. Louis Roederer’s Cristal Rosé from 2000 is something else I’ve never tried before in terms of champagne. It was a deep and mature taste of aromas and flavours that settled down nicely in the mouth- instead of the usual bubbly and fizzy aftermath you’d most likely endure with the usual strands of Cristal or Dom Perignon 2004. On an unrelated note, who would have guessed a Cristal hangover could be cured by Cristal Rosé?
Chateau Haut-Brion (1966)- So what’s it like to drink a bottle of red wine old as old as your parents? When you put things that way, it’s a little outrageous but like all fine wine experts will tell you, the older, the better. Considering we spent the afternoon indulging in some exquisite wines particulary from the South of France, it had to take a bottle in it’s absolute prime to redefine what it means to drink a bottle of fine French Wine.
The Arches, London
7 Fairhazel Gardens | Finchley Rd, London, NW6 3QE7