Decanter - - TRAVEL: LONDON -

44 Bland­ford Street, W1u 7HS www.claret­telon­ Owned by Alexan­dra Pe­tit-Mentzelopou­los of the Mar­gaux fam­ily, Clarette, which oc­cu­pies a multi-storey town­house in Maryle­bone, is by no means your av­er­age wine bar – it’s more, with its del­i­cate pas­tels and pe­riod fur­ni­ture, like a chic Parisian bou­tique ho­tel. And they don’t en­cour­age walk-ins. But sit­u­ated just a few paces from Maryle­bone High Street, it’s a wel­come refuge for weary shop­pers, with a good se­lec­tion by the glass and some great wine flights – in­clud­ing a Mar­gaux Dis­cov­ery at £65 for three wines, in­clud­ing the 2004 vin­tage of Château Mar­gaux. Al­though you might also want a glass of Cham­pagne to ac­com­pany the beignets pic­tured above (one of an un­usu­ally good se­lec­tion of bar snacks). DoN’t miss: the swoon­wor­thy Comté and truf­fle beignets

Clarette ex­te­rior

Clarette din­ing room

ComtŽ and truf­fle beignets

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