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Verden opens

Verden, Clarence Road, Clapton
Written by Roma Publications

Verden, Clarence Road, Clapton

Verden on Clarence Road, Clapton is a brand new wine bar and delicatessen capable of catering for more than 100 guests.

Owned by Ed Wyand and Tom Bell, with the kitchen overseen by Head Chef Tom Fraser, the venue serves up a delicious selection of meats, cheeses and wine, with takeaway available from the deli counter.

Verden offers wines from around the world, with a wide selection available by the glass, whilst a large list of beers are on offer either by tap or bottle. Meanwhile, cheese comes straight from the Verden vaults – a cold room built into the building’s existing cellars – and is also available to take away.

Owners Ed Wyand and Tom Bell, said:

“Verden is a place to come for an informal drink, a bite and to see where the day or night takes you as you delve into a world of undiscovered or overlooked tipples and tastes. There is such a great scene developing in Clapton and we are very excited to be part of it.”

The stunning interior, designed by Other Works, takes inspiration from the principles of Scandinavian and Japanese design with Cumbrian master craftsmanship showcased throughout the space.

Verden, Clarence Road, Clapton

Speaking to Premier Hospitality, Other Works Owner, Simon Lamason, said:

“My business partner Pippa is a furniture designer by trade and was initially approached by Ed and Tom to design a bar top for their new venture. Pippa and I have previously collaborated together on an interior design project, so we spoke and before long everything spiralled, I became involved and then we came on board together as the project’s designers.

“We had a close working relationship with Ed and Tom throughout the design and there was always an interest from them to keep this venue as simple and minimalist as possible. Ed and Tom compiled a Pinterest board of what they really liked and that pretty much formed the brief, highlighting what they would like to see, what they wanted to achieve and the look and feel of the venue. It was a good collaborative way of getting across their thoughts.”

Verden opened its doors in June and has already received fantastic feedback from customers.

Simon said:

“Verden is quite different for the area, which currently features a number of venues that present a shabby chic design, so we consciously wanted to present something a little more curated. We’re really pleased with the end result and it was very important for us to be involved with this project.”

Verden, Clarence Road, Clapton

Verden is open Monday to Friday from midday to midnight, Saturdays from 11am until midnight and Sundays 11am until 10:30pm.

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Jonathan Leech Woodturning 

Jonathan Leech woodturning specialises in the production of bespoke, one off, natural edge wooden bowls, all of which are carefully designed and turned by Jonathan. He has been in operation for seven years and since his company’s inception has undertaken works for Tom Aitkens, The National Trust, as well as providing an array of bespoke pieces to clients abroad.

Jonathan’s latest project has been at the brand new wine bar and delicatessen in Clapton, London; Verden. Jonathan hand crafted a large lampshade for the venue as well as creating seven conical pendant down lighters which feature in the downstairs section of the venue. Premier Hospitality caught up with Jonathan Leech to find out what it meant to be involved in this project.

Verden, Clarence Road, Clapton

He said:

“This project has been really important to be involved with as it is such a high profile venue. This venue has allowed me to do a lot of different things design wise and push the boundaries of design through the way I have created the pieces.

“I pride myself on using local materials to create a high end, quality, bespoke product.”


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