Regular customers have been asking Cornersmith to do nights since it opened – and this week that dream is becoming a reality.
“We start this Friday night [February 21],” says Co-Owner Alex Elliott-Howery. “Since we opened, there has been demand for us to open as a wine bar. But we opened the picklery (Cornersmith’s educational and retail space) in the last six months … so before now it hasn’t been the right time. But we’re ready now and we’ll start with one night a week and see how it goes.”
Starting out with Friday nights, the team will offer share and tasting plates and a handful of local wines by small-scale sustainable producers. Both the wine list and menu will be changing regularly based on what’s in season and at its best.
“It will be a similar philosophy to how the cafe rolls – but with alcohol,” says Elliott-Howery, adding that they’re working with sommelier Tim Watkins to source the right drops.
“He is actually our chef’s husband, so it keeps it in the family.”
There will of course be plenty of cheese and pickles on the menu, but there are no bookings, so get in early if you want to nab a seat.
Though there is a licence, wine will only be served on Friday evenings, there will be a slight break between cafe service and the night offering, with the doors opening again from 5.30pm–late on a Friday.