Albertine Set To Close Its Doors

Legendary Wood Lane wine bar serving last customer this week

Allegra McEvedy (right) 'saddened to my core' about the closure
Allegra McEvedy (right) 'saddened to my core' about the closure

March 14, 2022

Shepherd’s Bush’s most famous wine bar is set to bid adieu this week after serving customers in area for over 44 years.

The current owner Allegra McEvedy, was just seven when her mother took her to what was to become the Albertine in 1978. She said she was ‘saddened to my core’ that circumstances meant that the bar couldn’t be kept going adding, “Paul, Rob & I have been proud caretakers of this iconic local Wine bar, but unfortunately the extraordinary challenges of the last few years along with some site-specific issues mean that as Directors it would be irresponsible for us to carry on into another spring/summer, traditionally our weakest trading months.

“So Friday 18th will be our last full service, and on Saturday 19th 11am-5pm we’re holding an Everything Must Go Sale where if you’d like one of our famous church chairs or some glasses/kitchenware or some great books for your shelves then please do pop by.

“That evening we’ve closed the bookings and will be doing a pared down service as we’re not sure what we’ll have left in the building, but you’re more than welcome to come in for a last drink.”

Albertine has been on Wood Lane for 44 years
Albertine has been on Wood Lane for 44 years

Of its many claims to fame the most often repeated is that Albert Square in Eastenders is named after the Albertine and the scriptwriters were working at Television Centre when they were devising the series.

This may just mark a new beginning for the Albertine as the team has fresh investment and is looking for a new site to open hopefully in the not too distant future.

Allegra says, “We’ve tweaked the concept a little to reflect how the pandemic has altered the way people shop and socialise, whilst maintaining the vibe and soul of Albertine, so keep an eye out for updates on social media.”

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