Hudsons Road Wine & Beer, 2/88 Hudson Road, Spotswood. Phone: 9131 1069
Hudsons Road Beer & Wine has been open just a week or so, but is already a big hit on that strip.
And so it should – it’s a very cool place where the passion for the produce speaks very eloquently.
The accent is on small producers and quality all the way.
The fit-out, including furniture from neighbouring Quazi Design, is sleek and welcoming.
Partners Alistair Smith (a long-time reader and supporter of CTS) and Leigh Boin stock about 200 beers and 150 wines.
The deli section is compact and the hand-picked philosophy no less evident.
My lunch, for instance, is a simple and superb platter that costs me $16 and is matched with a glass of La guardianese fiano from Italy.
On my board is an amazing, fine-sliced Mr Canubi capocollo of dry cured pork neck, free range from the western plains.
Also in attendance are a wedge of Challerhocker (Swiss) cheese, ciabatta from Candied Bakery across the road, a gooey quince paste and some fresh pear slices.
The deluxe board for $45 shapes up as a very enticing lunch for two that Bennie and I will try soon.
Alistair and Leigh will continue to fine-tune their business hours, but as it stands they are noon-11pm Monday-Friday, 10am-11pm Saturday and 10am-9pm Sunday.