Islington gets a combo wine bar, coffee shop and gelato bar with an ex-Papi chef

goodbye horses wine bar islington

Updated 21/6/24 with opening date and menu details

Lucky Islington residents are about to get a new coffee shop, wine bar and restaurant and an ice cream parlour, all in the space of a month or so. The three businesses by co-founders Alex Young and George de Vos are taking over the old Michael's Den pub on the borders of Islington and De Beauvoir.

First to open will be the coffee shop Day Trip which is going to focus its efforts on pour-over coffee. There'll be room to sit in the bar and what sounds to be a fabulous garden space, designed by the Chelsea Flower Show gold-medal-winning gardener Ji-hae Hwang.

Next, and probably the most interesting element for us, is the wine bar and restaurant Goodbye Horses. For this, the team have persuaded chef Jack Coggins to leave the much-loved spot Papi in Hackney and join them in the kitchen. He'll be serving food to a restaurant with room for just over 50 diners and we're told the menu will be a mix of seasonable and sustainable sharing plates. Dishes will include;

  • Chicken Fat and Sardine Toast
  • Cornish Crab Blini, Brown Butter and Sorrel
  • Oxtail Ragout and Broken Rice
  • Chocolate Sorbet, Almonds and Cold Custard.

Jack's joined by Wine Director Nathalie Nelles who used to work for the Noble Fine Liquor Group (Bright & P Franco). Her remit will be to find a list of interesting organic and biodynamic wines to serve up. 

The last piece of the puzzle is The Dreamery - a gelato shop next door to the main building which will have some counter space for sitting in and enjoying ice cream made by Jack.

Given the talent involved and the attention to detail in all the various elements, we reckon this will be a seriously hot opening to watch out for.


More about Goodbye Horses et al

Where is it? 21 Halliford St, London, N1 3HB

When does it open? Day Trip opens 13 July. Goodbye Horses 31 July and The Dreamery in early August.

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


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