London’s new wave wine bars

The Remedy in Fitzrovia

David Clawson and Renato Catgiu, owners of The Remedy in Fitzrovia

What sets these bars apart is their unstuffy approach to wine, the quality of their offering and the pulsating passion of their staff, who are on hand to wax lyrical about every last drop.

Launched by Seattle-born David Clawson and southern Italian Renato Catgiu, who met while working at natural wine and small plates pioneer Terroirs in Covent Garden, The Remedy opened on Cleveland Street last November. Clawson came by way of German wine specialist The Winery in Maida Vale, while Catgiu has wine in his blood, having been born into a family of Sardinian winemakers.

Hailing from a finance background, Clawson was inspired to open The Remedy after falling in love with the natural wine bar scene in Paris. Coming close to opening in London’s trendy East End, the pair stumbled upon the Fitzrovia site by chance.

Named in honour of wine’s elixir-like ability to ease the stresses of the daily grind, the focus at The Remedy is on European rather than natural wines, though a great deal of them happen to be either organic or biodynamic. Edgy estates share a list with traditional domaines, the common thread being that all of the wines featured are made on a small scale by people with a story to tell.

Whether or not a wine makes the cut on the list seems to be as much about the winemaker or estate owner behind the label as the contents in the bottle. “We wouldn’t call ourselves a natural wine bar as we’re not dogmatic about it in any way and we don’t want to be pigeonholed,” Clawson insists.

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