Who would’ve thought that heating up wine and throwing in a bunch of spices would make a good drink? Delicious and warm, mulled wine is definitely our favourite festive tipple and just screams Christmas. As the days darken and the icy cold rolls in, there are few things that warm a Londoner’s heart more than a glass of steamy, spicy and alcoholic goodness.
A good mulled wine can change your day – when you’re drinking happiness in a cup it’s easy to forget the non-existent daylight hours or the wait in the line for the underground in the morning. And fortunately for Clinkers, we know exactly where to go to find the cream of the comforting Christmas beverage crop.
Covent Garden Mulled Wine Festival
Yes. There is a mulled wine festival. And yes, it is in the amazing Covent Garden square, which has been decorated for Christmas all the passion of a thousand santas.
Boasting some of the best street food in town (like Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen and the ever delectable MEATmarket), Covent Garden is offering mulled wines from some of the best bars in town. This includes a hot-mulled wine icicle pop… yep, they’ve frozen mulled wine, and while we don’t know why, we just know it’s delicious.
Head over from the 12th of November and sample some of the capital’s best mulled wine offerings.
If it’s all in a name, this craft wine distributor (yes, that’s a thing) definitely catches your attention from the get-go. A London startup with a passion for organic and delightful flavours, L’ Atypique offers some of the city’s most delightful mulled wine.
You can find L’ Atypique serving their wares directly out of their shed bar over the winter season. As the founders say, “We just want to put a glass down between friends and watch as things move and the wine makes things happen.”
The Ship Tavern
This little pub, tucked away in the middle of Holborn and on a shortcut around the tube station, has some of London’s most luxurious winter warming wine. If you’re not in the mood for mulled wine, the Ship Tavern offers a fantastic range of ales and also does mouth watering home-cooked food.
One of the city’s oldest establishments, the Ship is full of character and devoid of heavy crowds – a definite must-do on the list of pubs and mulled wine.
The Bull Brewpub
Situated in the heart of Highgate, The Bull is a charming little place where the mulled wine will knock your socks right off. Steaming cinnamon, cardamom, aniseed and orange with the hint of liquorice – the Bull knows how to wine right. It’s also a pub with a social conscience and a love for the locals… the entire building has been lovingly restored from an abandoned shell to the family friendly, top-notch service hub it is today.
Not only does the soul-hugging mulled wine do wonders on a cold day, The Bull is also home to it’s own micro-brewery – bringing beer back to the community in an authentic way, the Bull has something for everyone.
I highly advise that you make a point of sampling the mulled wines at the establishments above, however almost every London pub will have something warm and spiced on offer this season – if you don’t get it here, get it there, there and there... it’s worth it.
If you fall in love with it, here’s a fantastic mulled wine recipe for you to make at home.
Written by Caitlin (A.K.A. The Indie Butterfly).