Mr Mac and I were looking for somewhere other than Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencers to buy some everyday wine to have with an evening meal. We live near The Cut so thought we'd try the EV Deli, as it always looks quite nice. We thought if the wine was nice we would become regular customers. They only seemed to have 2 types; House white and House red. No problem with that. We bought the House white at £5.95 - a price at which we'd normally get something quite decent at Sainsbury's/M&S. Well, it was THE worst wine I've ever tasted. It wasn't corked or anything, just totally undrinkable. Even Mr Mac grimmaced and spat it out (and he prides himself on drinking most things...). We thought we'd keep it for cooking, but it would have probably spoilt the food. Such a shame... back to Sainsbury's then...
The wine in the resaurant and the deli may not be the same. I have had house red in the deli and it was not pleasant. Now if I eat in there (which I frequently do) and want wine, I ask them if they wouldn't mind bringing a glass from next door, which is altogether nicer.
cannot comment on the wine except to say it has increased in price from Circa £5.00 to £7.00. to take out and £10.00 to drink in the cafe.
My comment is that I was in for lunch there today in the Deli section and spotted a Ferral Pigeon walking around the bakery section - I told staff and the owner later and no real interest was shown except to remark on the"hot weather" - even more reason for hygiene one would have thought.
We shall not be purchasing bread etc there for a while
I confess I find the complaint that the diner didn't want to pay a tip on a bottle of wine because he (or she) was going to carry it to the table himself rather extraordinary. It's not a fast food place, is it? In the US, even if you bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant, you are charged $10-$20 for corkage. Are there not corkage fees here?