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Flavour of the Week: Verden

Slick but friendly winebar and restaurant with clever cooking, stellar wines and a street-corner location in Clapton.

181 Clarence Road, E5 8EE; verdene5.com
Nearest Overground: Hackney Central

WHAT'S THE DRAW: Slick but friendly winebar and restaurant with clever cooking, stellar wines and a street-corner location in Clapton.

WHAT TO DRINK: The wine list is enough to make a grown oenophile cry, with a rarity-packed lineup spanning styles and continents – plenty of it by the glass. The 2009 Kabaj merlot from Goriška Brda in Slovenia had us hooked.

WHAT TO EAT: We visited on steak night (Tuesday) and hoovered up a beautiful rib-eye with chimichurri. Which didn’t stop us tucking into the fantastic charcuterie, much of it cured on the premises.

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