Monday 19 September 2005 11.33am
In my nine years of living in the Bermondsey Street
area, nothing had quite matched my joy at stumbling upon the lovely fresh bread at the Ticino bakery, sold only to those knowing members of the public who bothered to enquire.
Well, I am happy to say I have just made another discovery, which I think could be of the same joy-enhancing proportions!
It is a wine and spirits merchants inside the Bermondsey Street
tunnel, just past the junction with Crucifix Lane
. It's a smallish door which is usually open during the day and says m and c on the front.
I wondered in on Saturday and was warmly welcomed by a Colombian guy called Jorge. He offered me a few mainly Spanish wines to sample and a Peruvian beer, which is very tasty. There are also a couple of Brazilian wines which they have high hopes for, although I didn't taste them. Oh yes, and a delicious grape juice from Brazil which tasted almost as smooth and dry as a wine.
I ended up buying a six-bottle case of his most expensive (red) wine (£7.50 I think it was, although he told me it sells for at least £33 in restaurants), called Monasterio de San Miguel. Don't be put off by the slightly naff label, this is wonderful stuff. It's got that expensive restaurant aroma and velvety body.
I'm no great wine buff but I do know how underwhelmed I've been by most supermarket wines and the occasional delivery from Virgin Wines.
Anyway, this place is apparently open during the day and also does deliveries. I don't think they're allowed to sell individual bottles but you can buy a case of six - plus they deliver and have room in their tunnel cave to park a few cars.
Apologies if this sounds like an ad, but I am genuinely excited to have such an interesting supplier on my doorstep which is happy to sell to me at wholesale prices.
Would be very interested to know if others have discovered them!
They have a website: www.mandcwines.com