Meet Sean Cheshire of St Giles Wine Bar, Cellar & Pantry in Camberwell
Article posted: April 26, 2019
Nestled on the first floor of Camberwell Place, Sean Cheshire and his team have handpicked a selection of wines to transport locals to vineyards across Europe.
St Giles Wine Bar, Cellar & Pantry is quickly becoming a favourite in the Camberwell area thanks to its gourmet dining experience and more than 120 wines on its menu.
Mr Cheshire, general manager and co-owner, started the new bar with co-owners Nic Gordon and executive chef Sebastian McQuarrie in December 2018.
“We knew Camberwell was certainly lacking something on the wine bar landscape, so to speak,” Mr Cheshire said.
“So, we relished the opportunity to open a wine bar focusing on a premium food and wine offering, as well as a cellar door and a deli.”
The wine bar joins an impressive line-up of eateries offering international flavours in the dining area of Camberwell Place.
The venue also screens key sporting events, offering locals a great spot to enjoy a drink and nibbles while watching a game.
A menu to remember
The St Giles team have focused on crafting an inviting and memorable experience for their customers, where they can try a new drop and graze over some tasty nosh.
The wine list has a strong European influence, with wines from numerous French regions, including Chablis, Burgundy and Bordeaux, as well as Italy, Austria and Germany.
It also offers a variety of local producers on the menu to make sure there is something to cater to all tastes.
On the food front, customers can sit down for a more substantial meal like their popular steak frites or create a share platter.
“We wanted to provide a dining experience that we would enjoy,” Mr Cheshire said.
“It’s very much about grazing and sharing charcuterie and cheese and seafood selections in a ‘make your own board’ style.
“One of the favourite parts of my job is creating an amazing and warm venue, and then creating the experience for the customer so that it becomes their local and they want to come back.”
An emerging wine bar scene
“The Camberwell area has had a strong cafe environment for a very long time,” Mr Cheshire said.
“But with a demographic shift of younger people moving back into the area, the Camberwell bar scene is growing.”
Mr Cheshire said that Camberwell was starting to become a wine bar destination not only for locals, but for residents in the surrounding areas that don’t have the same offering.
“It’s exciting that people don’t have to travel outside of the city of Boroondara to find a great glass of wine and a really good food offering now,” he said.
Visit the bar
Shop 115A, Camberwell Place, 793 Burke Rd, Camberwell
Phone: (03) 9882 1818.