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Authentique is a wine shop, bar, and restaurant in Tufnell Park, and it was already one of our favourite spots in north London for a casual glass of wine and some ham and cheese, and that was before we discovered they had a little patio at the back. They’re open all day Tuesday through Sunday, but if you want to use the patio you’ll have to do it before 8pm, because neighbours.
Authentique in Tufnell Park is a Francophone wine shop and bar that’s a perfect spot for a glass of something before moving on elsewhere. The regional wines on offer change periodically, and although wines by the glass are a little expensive, it’s a very good place for a couple of drinks. There is a small plates menu with things like tartiflette, but you should use it for the bar where you can get a glass of something red and some cheese which will come with probably the best baguette you’ve eaten in London.
What It Is: A casual wine bar and small plates restaurant near Tufnell Park.
Perfect For: Casual Weeknight Dinner, First/Early In The Game Date, Date Night, Catching Up With Mates
We stopped by this spacious wine shop on a Saturday night, and were not disappointed. Despite it being busy, we still managed to walk in and and grab a couple of seats on the corner of their small bar. This place is run by a bunch of French guys, they serve exclusively Francophone wines, and their selection of wines available by the glass move around from one region (of France, obviously) to the next. A couple of glasses of Cahors, and a plancha of cheese later, we were fairly satisfied. The wine was a bit pricey but excellent, and the cheese selection was substantial without being overly generous. Different story with the bread, which just kept on coming, and was probably the best baguette we’ve had in London.
Verdict: An excellent spot for a casual date night or an evening out with small group of friends and some very good wine. We’ll be back soon to try their small plates menu.
Cow. Goat. Soft. Ewe. No, we haven’t finally succumbed to our daily quarantine breakdown, we’re listing the types of cheese you can order along with Authentique’s excellent selection of wines. You can expect everything from natural reds to surprisingly affordable sparkling wines, and although they’re open from 10am to 8pm for collection, they’re also delivering locally around Tufnell Park.