The new wine and burger bar is the brainchild of Master of Wine and natural wine expert Isabelle Legeron. She's joined forces with Elliot’s Cafe to open the pop-up restaurant in London’s historic Borough Market, situated near London Bridge. But customers keen on tasting the burger/natural wine combo will have to be quick: the pop-up will be open only for the duration of the London Olympic Games (July 27 to August 12).
Legeron's connection with Elliot's Café was developed after the company ran an English oyster-shucking stall at RAW, the artisan wine fair held in London earlier this year. All the wines sold at the pop-up will come from vineyards who attended RAW, or who plan to take part in next year's fair, says Legeron.
The wine list will change regularly but it kicks off with Zanotto's Col Fondo Prosecco and 2010 La Biancara Masieri from the Veneto. The Loire is featured via Sebastien Riffault's 2008 Quarterons Sancerre, and a red from Jerome Saurigny – the 2010 Au Suivant.
Legeron describes Elliot's as "officially one of the best burger joints in London." Certainly, food critic Daniel Young goes into raptures over the burgers, which include a "house-baked linseed brioche bun brushed on its cut sides with acidulated dill butter." Young notes that “each 160-gram mound of aged, coarsely minced beef shin and rib cap" comes from Borough Market butcher The Ginger Pig, while the cheese is supplied by another Borough Market trader, The French Comté.
Prices at the pop-up will start from £15 ($23.50) for a burger with chips and a glass of wine.
First opened in the 13th century, the market on Borough High Street recently received one of London's famous blue plaques, acknowledging its status as the oldest fruit and vegetable market in the capital. British chef Jamie Oliver was amongst those who campaigned for the plaque to be granted.