What’s a… Bunghole?

With a long history as wine merchants, it is perhaps not surprising that the names of many of our bars are inspired by wine terminology.

The Bunghole Cellars is our popular wine bar on High Holborn – so what’s in the name…

A bunghole is a hole bored into a barrel and capped with a large cork-like object called a ‘bung’.  It is essentially the hole which lets you get quick and easy access to the wine inside.

Bungholes were first used on wooden barrels and were bored by the purchaser with a brace and bit (below) either at the end of a barrel or in one of the sides.  These days of course, wooden barrels are manufactured by coopers (barrel makers) who make the bungholes themselves and spare us the job.  With the bung removed, a tapered ‘faucet’ can be attached to make it easier to pour the wine.

You will find plenty of barrels at The Bunghole Cellars, although most are only used for decoration rather than dispensing wine.  Madeira is still served from the wood, as is Port in a number of our other bars.

The wine world continues to innovate of course and above the Bunghole Cellars in Davy’s Wine House, a bank of enomatic machines provide a more modern way of dispensing wine, preserving them perfectly and allowing users to taste many, often fine wines, before buying.

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