Lisa Jenkins meets TBC – Leytonstone’s recently opened wine bar & deli
Under the unassuming arches of Leytonstone High Road Overground Station, the To Be Consumed (TBC) Wine Bar & Deli is the equally unassuming, but thoroughly charming, brainchild of Nick and Bianca Chapman.
TBC has been a long time coming – an incredible amount of hard work went into its opening at the end of August. And it seems to be paying off. Family, dog and everybody friendly, it is of course the wine (mainly organic or biodynamic) that is the main draw. Available on tap are a wonderful Arndorfer Grüner Veltliner, a soft and silky Saint-Cyr Kanon Keg Beaujolais, or an AA Badenhorst Secateurs. If you prefer white, you can choose from a Ciello Bianco Catarratto and a Domaine Séailles Presto Côtes De Gascogne. Then there’s an absolute treat – Terrafusa’s Storta Rosé, produced on Mount Etna, Sicily and sold by the carefully chilled bottle.
There is something for everyone
Nick and Bianca claim not to be wine experts, but rather, wine lovers who have put that love into opening a much-needed local wine bar in E11. However, if wine is not your thing, don’t be put off. There are also local craft beers; spirits from the East London Liquor Company, and the hot favourites of cool drinkers – Fever Tree Mixers.
Try the most comforting hot toasties in East London (I highly recommend the cheese and Kimchi) served on scrumptious, locally sourced, sourdough bread. As you leave, do pick up some of their excellent British and European cheeses and cold cuts to enjoy the tastes of TBC at home.
I’ve been to TBC half a dozen times now and have often seen commuters popping their heads in for a quick look on their way home. This seems to be inevitably followed by a visit with friends or family to sample TBC’s simple but carefully chosen fare. An evening visit is always lively and buzzing, bringing it home that this is a local business bringing local people together.
TBC attracts a diverse clientele and this adds to the warm and gregarious atmosphere – whether you’re alone or with friends you will not for one minute feel at odds with the regulars. They are easy-going and open to chat, as are the waiting staff, whose service is impeccable. I really would recommend a visit if you are in the area (and even if you are not). This is a wine bar & deli with a unique combination of quality and unpretentiousness. A difference that will certainly help them thrive.
WED 12 – 5pm
THURS 12 – 10pm
FRI & SAT 12 – 11pm
SUN 12 – 6pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Images: Lisa Jenkins