This lovely little shop is a real gem and the staff are pure charm. Yes, it stocks fine wines, but there are also plenty of bottles for around £6. The people who work here may be knowledgable, but don't be intimidated if, like me, what you know about wine you can write on – well, the back of a wine label. Bottle Apostle (www.bottleapostle.com) , 95 Lauriston Road may be the holy grail for Hackney residents who are fond of a decent drop, but it's also a friendly spot that is very much part of the Victoria Park Village neighbourhood. I love the tasting machine which dispenses shots of wine. Just put a few quid on a smart card and sample away, it's great fun and a perfect aperitif before supper at The Fish House.