The flourishing New Islington neighbourhood got itself a brand-new wine bar this week, run by the team behind Higher Ground.
Flawd serves natural and low intervention wine and craft beer along with a selection of British cheeses, charcuterie, ferments from the award-winning Curing Rebels based in Brighton and small plates made with seasonal produce from Cinderwood Market Garden.
Higher Ground launched early in 2020 as the first pop up residency at The Bungalow at KAMPUS. It is a collaboration between Joseph Otway (former head chef of Stockport’s Where The Light Gets In) and Richard Cossins (from Relæ in Copenhagen and Fera at Claridges in London.) They will be joined in this new venture by business partner Daniel Craig Martin.
During the pandemic, Higher Ground used The Bungalow at Kampus as a base to offer delivery boxes of groceries, wine and cooked items (like their legendary oxtail madras pasty) to city centre residents. In July 2020, they took over the kitchens at Ducie Street Warehouse for a short-term residency. More recently, they held a series of summer weekend pop ups in collaboration with their neighbour, Pollen Bakery, and now they have opened Flawd, their first permanent location.
Neighbourhood wine bar, Flawd will offer a range of local beer and a constantly changing list of natural, low intervention wines with a spotlight on small-scale wine producers. The aim is to make natural wine more approachable and Flawd will try to encourage a sense of curiosity to enable the discovery of new favourites.
“We really just want to open a neighbourhood wine bar for the growing New Islington community,” says Joseph Otway, “to create a space for people to drink great wine, relax and have fun.”
Flawd will be the ideal destination for an after-work drink, an aperitivo before dinner, or a few drinks before a night out in surrounding Ancoats or the Northern Quarter. The wine bar will have indoor seating as well as an outdoor terrace beside Islington Marina. It will also offer a bottle shop, making it easy to take a bottle of your new favourite away with you.
Flawd’s wine bar and bottle shop will be open from Wednesday through Sunday.
Wine bar hours: Wed / Thurs / Sun: 5pm-11pmFri / Sat: 5pm-11:30pm
Bottle shop hours: Wed / Thurs / Sun: 12pm-11pmFri / Sat: 12pm-11:30pm
Flawd Wine, Unit 3, Mansion House, Marina Promenade, New Islington,M4 6JL