Elephant and Castle gets a new wine bar with Diogenes The Dog

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What: Diogenes The Dog

In a nutshell: A new wine bar and shop for Elephant & Castle

Summing it all up: Lesser-known wines and regions are the focus at this new venture from Sunny Hodge.


The low-down

We're starting to hear about more and more openings in Elephant and Castle - and with more redevelopment on the way, expect this trend to continue.

The latest is a new wine bar and shop, called Diogenes The Dog. Sunny Hodge, who was previously at Margot and helped to set up the Fordwich Arms, is behind the space, which has taken over the Rose & Crown pub. And if you’re wondering about the name… Diogenes was a Greek philosopher and the founder of Cynicism, and Sunny is using Diogenes’ inquisitive nature as an influence for the bar.

What that means in practice is that we can expect some more unusual wines here with a focus on emerging regions such as Hibernal 2017 from Winnica Turnau (Poland), Messina Hofs Blanc du Bois (Texas), amongst numerous small suppliers with limited barrel stock. Laid out in order of style rather than region or price, glasses are reasonably priced between £5 and £14. And if you like what you find, you can always buy a bottle from the shop to take home.

It’ll be open seven days a week from 8am, and during the day there’ll be coffee, tea from the Rare Tea Company, and pastries from Kennington Bakery. In the evenings there’ll be cheese and charcuterie from Cannon & Cannon, which is, of course, the perfect food accompaniment to any wine bar.


More about Diogenes The Dog

Where is it? 96 Rodney Road, London SE17 1BG

When does it open? 3 November 2018

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @diogenes_thedog.


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