Toasted’s name is awfully clever in that it marries the act of drinking with the effect of drinking in just two syllables: if one drinks too many toasts, one will become absolutely toasted. Just as pleasing, in fact, is the décor: the rugged brick walls are lined with a miscellany of aging bottles abandoned by the previous owner, while one of the dining spaces plays host to three vast fermentation tanks. The Old World list here is pleasingly left field, eschewing big-name appellations for some quirky continental cameos, while the food is staggeringly tasty British fare. No toast, though, sadly.
Holding the esteemed honor of being London’s only winery, Cru imports French grapes and blends them in Earl’s Court to make some -- we apologize for the following pun -- capital booze. Although they're not strictly a wine bar, they do hold regular tours that allow you drink the stuff straight from the barrel, and even create your own blend, making it something of an oenophilic dream. Currently on hiatus, they'll start up again “as soon as they’ve processed this year’s harvest.”
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