OMG! Look at the wine bar and growler refill at Waitrose King’s Cross

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Pull up a stool: the Wine Bar. Pic: SE
The mighty new 29,000 square foot Waitrose store, right in the centre of 67 acres of new buildings at King’s Cross, opened last night in the restored Grade II-listed Midland Goods Shed.

We popped down to check it out. Mahoosive retail space with more choices than a frazzled human could ever be expected to make? Tick. Smart cookery school? Tick. Tempting in-store bakery? Tick. Nice cafe? Tick.

But wine bar? Oh, go on then. Sure, the chain has been known to put a tasting area in some of their posher stores, but this one really takes the organic oatcake.

A beacon through the bare brick. Photo: John Sturrock
A beacon through the bare brick. Photo: John Sturrock
Through exposed brick arches, high bar stools line a slightly-too-brightly lit counter, behind which half a dozen sommeliers and chefs buzz about preparing tapas and on-trend sharing plates. Prices per glass at £3.25 upwards are pretty competitive – and mostly a darn sight cheaper than the many upscale bars that surround the store, like Caravan, Drake & Morgan and Vinoteca.


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And, should you need a blast of fresh air, doors open out onto a secluded courtyard area, where you can marinate alfresco with a glass of Picpoul – and perhaps forget why you actually came here at all (hint: to do the groceries.)

So will you be getting squiffy before you hit the aisles? Or afterwards, slumping with half a dozen bulging bags-for-life as the fishfingers start their inexorable defrost?

Whatever: with draft Camden Brewery beers on tap as well, at the very least you can fill up your growler on your way out.

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Waitrose King’s Cross is now open at Midland Goods Shed N1C, daily 6am – 1130pm. Draft Camden Hells is £4 a pint, wine £3.25, and prosecco £4.95 a glass.

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  • CamdenBrewery

    kentishtowner waitrose We love it – it looks great!

  • kentishtowner

    CamdenBrewery waitrose doesn’t it just!

  • TimJRSullivan

    kentishtowner What’s the point of a gorgeous new Waitrose when it doesn’t have parking? Council wouldn’t allow it.

  • make_trouble

    mePadraigReidy GasholderLDN the wine bar at Waitrose in Canary Wharf is always busy. Nice wines, I suppose.

  • GeNe2

    This is central London not the suburbs, I’ve heard there is a lot of public transport nearby….