North London Food & Culture

Authentique Epicerie & Bar is opening on Fortess Road

This season's biggest neighbourhood arrival flings its doors open next week

Need a bit more France in your life? The latest NW5 arrival – to compete with the two lovely Patrons down the road – is a multi-purposing wine bar, restaurant, epicerie and wine store.

Specialising in 12 wine regions around the world, it’s the brainchild of four vino-loving professionals (and mates): Alexandre Bal (from wine merchants Yapp Brothers), Matthieu Sevagen (who works at Majestic), Amaury Levisalles and Thomas Guidez.

The idea behind the double-fronted space is, say the boys, “classy but approachable”, with its two doors and distinct shop and bar areas, the interior a mix of wood and copper intended to be “warm and modern”.

Coming together on the outside. Photo: Authentique

They’ll be selling an oenophile-tickling 200 different vinos plus some fine wines in larger formats, 50 craft beers, and a fair whack of food products, including tapenades, patés, and jars for the store-cupboard.


Eating in? Expect cheese, charcuterie and vegan boards to pick at over a glass of Burgundy. The bar area will be able to seat 38 people, and for sunnier weather there’s even a rear outside terrace (as well as conservatory area).

And the idea is it’ll be a sociable kind of space: in the evening you can rock up to events featuring chefs and winemakers, from France and beyond. Salut, indeed.

Authentique Epicerie & Bar opens on Tuesday 20th March, 114-116 Fortess Road NW5. Follow them @authentiquelondon

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