Search

‘Camden Passage has become a boozer’s paradise’ – fury over French deli’s bid to sell fine wine by the glass

PUBLISHED: 11:40 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:41 03 September 2018

Le Coq Epicier in Camden Passage. Picture: James Morris

Le Coq Epicier in Camden Passage. Picture: James Morris

Archant

Camden Passage neighbours say the street has become a ”boozer’s paradise” after an upmarket French deli applied to sell fine wines by the glass to accompany a cheese board.

Le Coq Epicier, a tiny unit in the historic antiques district, caused a stir last year when it was given permission to sell French wines once a month at pre-booked events.

Now, Yohann Meignen wants to expand the sales of wine to anyone eating at the deli, which holds four people.

But he again faces a battle with neighbours.

One committee member of the Camden Passage Association said: “Frankly I am appalled at the audacity of the applicant. One a year ago its application was granted by the licensing committee subject to carefully considered conditions and the applicant has the gall to say it wants more.

“The present application could become abused and a grocery outlet could become a tapas bar.”

They added: “Suffice it to say Camden Passage has changed out of all recognition in the past few years. It is now a ‘boozer’s paradise’ and no longer a ‘visitor’s destination area’.

Another said the street should not be allowed to become a drinker’s haven as Upper Street has.

Chair of Islington’s planning committee Cllr Martin Klute has also objected to the application, saying it weakens the ability of the operator to control consumption of alcohol in the tiny unit.

Latest Islington News Stories

18 minutes ago

Two-long standing stallholders have been named Islington’s Market Traders of the Year after the judges couldn’t split them.

Yesterday, 15:42

Police want to speak to this woman over £1,500 worth of damage to a minicab caused by two passengers.

Finsbury Park has been stripped of its Green Flag status after a damning “mystery shopper” report by an environmental charity.

Yesterday, 11:58

It used to be the most polluted primary in Islington – now St John Evangelist is the first school to ban cars at pick-up and drop-off times.

Yesterday, 10:23

Eastenders actor and Celebrity Masterchef winner John Partridge will be switching on the Archway Christmas lights.

Mon, 19:13

A 61-year-old man threatened to fetch his gun while arguing with a shopkeeper in King’s Cross Road on Sunday, it is claimed.

Mon, 18:22

A sports academy is offering free sessions to Islington children every Sunday morning at Market Road Football Pitches.

Mon, 17:02

A discount card supporting local independent businesses has expanded into Islington.

Promoted Content

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now