Head to any course clubhouse in the home counties and you’ll find food and golf together.
Scampi and chips, hunter’s chicken (a dish presumably enjoyed by Ulrika Johnson’s favourite Gladiator) and steak and kidney pie.
You might even get a clammy bottle of the house red to go with it, although a pint of Greene King IPA might be closer to the pin.
Take your swing to North Greenwich’s recently opened N1 Golf driving range though and, sandwiched between the tees and the pro shop, you’ll find an extraordinary filling. For here is east London’s most interesting wine bar.
Vinotech Compass lies a slice off the fairway and, despite the grey industrial chic of its interior, bristles with character.
Co-founders Arnaud Compass and Keith Lyon have created a playground for themselves – a wine wall of epic proportion stuffed with often aged bottles you just can’t get elsewhere.
In addition, as demonstrated, in association with consultant Douglas Blyde , at its one-month celebration Terroir And Turf evening the Catalan cooking of head chef Jordi Rovira Segovia is almost as much fun as the grin of the owners’ faces when they uncork a fresh bottle.
The terroir may be poisoned by a maritime past, the turf may be Astro, but there’s nowhere in Canary Wharf half as enjoyable as this to sip Moroccan rose (Volubilia 2013) while toasting North Greenwich’s latest renaissance.
Vinotech Compass, N1 Golf, Tunnel Avenue, London, SE10 0QE, 020 8858 7448, vinotheccompass.com .