Dedicated mead bar to open in Peckham

Tom Gosnell

London-based meadery Gosnells is opening a new honey-focused bar in Peckham, serving mead flights, cocktails and light bites.

Gosnells Upstairs at the Coal Rooms is located in the old ticket office of Peckham Rye station.

Launching on 8 March 2019, the new 40-cover venue will focus on Gosnells’ ferments, including its Original and Vintage meads, with an ever-changing roster of experimental variants including pink hibiscus, salted, hopped, barrel-aged, gooseberry and non-alcoholic.

Meads will be served by bar staff either singly or as a flight of four or five. These will be available without pre-booking.

There will also be a cocktail list centred on the multiplicity of flavours possible from honey, accompanied by a weekly selection of dishes, cooked by Coal Rooms, a restaurant based downstairs.

Light bites will include Peckham Fatboy potatoes, Ogleshild cheese from Somerset, beef fat mayo, crispy onions and Cobble Lane kabano sausage; smoked pigs’ head-blood pudding with apple ketchup.

Tom Gosnell will be using the new space for a variety of honey and bee-based activities such as mead masterclasses, mead-paired suppers, mead cocktail evenings.

Tom said: “This is an exciting moment for us; the chance to demonstrate our meads in the heart of Peckham alongside great British dishes.

“Why have a glass of 12-15% ABV wine when you can gain even greater elegance and just as much flavour from our 5.5% ABV Original Mead.

“It is a great paired with vegetarian foods, fish, pork and lamb; and if you want to ramp up towards a partner for chargrilled beef, then our Gosnells Vintage London Mead at 12% gives you even more flavour than a big-muscled Australian Shiraz and is just as complex.

“We are really putting mead on the map nationally, and we want to show the amazing range of flavours, textures and alcoholic strengths made possible by beautiful and ecologically significant bees.”

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