COSY DRINKING DEN BRINGS FRENCH CULTURE TO KENTISH TOWN
Fittingly, Tabac has been created on the site of an old tobacconist shop, and has kept the original sign, along with a glowing Tabac neon from France.
And like its Gallic counterparts, Tabac will serve wine, aperitifs and spirits along with French cigarettes.
As is the French way, wine and boutique cocktails takes centre stage at Tabac and an Enomatic Machine offers the chance to drink fine wines by the glass, alongside an ever-changing menu of cocktails and craft beers.
To accompany the drinks, a snack menu will include cheese and charcuterie boards, pate, olives, nuts, and saucisson.
Kentish Town’s newest drinking spot is the brainchild of Londoner, Tanzi Ellison and Frenchman Jean-Francois Pioc, whose past successes include Mill Lane Bistro in West Hampstead; Soho’s Café Gourmand and the hugely popular Patron Cave à Manger, which sits a few doors up from Tabac on Fortess Road.
Jean-François brings with him an eye for design, having left his role as a merchandiser for luxury brand Chanel to embark on their journey into restaurants.
He met Tanzi during a class at her renowned cheffing school and their shared love of great food, fine wine, design and bistroambience led to the creation of their first restaurant.
The bar plays into not just Jean-Francois’ Brittany roots, but also the area in which it sits; the leafy, Francophile streets of Kentish Town, where a close proximity to the Eurostar and the nearby College Francais Bilingue De Londres have helped create a strong community of French expats.
Tabac promises to become a neighbourhood meeting place where locals and visitors can while away the hours with a glass of wine or cocktail in the heart of Kentish Town.