Yard-what? Apparently it’s a nautical term for the “outer extremity of a ship’s yard”, which roughly means the bits of timber nailed onto the mast where the sails are hung. But in sea-faring slang it also refers to the time of day when it was considered “permissible” – presumably for sailors – to begin drinking alcohol, as in: “I never drink until the sun is over the yardarm.”
Er, OK. Anyway, land-lubbers can relax: the only sea that’s in sight here is one of beverages. “We’re planning for a wine bar and a coffee shop combined,” says co-owner Dan, “and aiming at opening before Xmas. Wine will be the focus but we want to stock other bits we like, and that we feel go well too.”
So is he a local? “I grew up in Leyton and have worked in hotels, bars and restaurants. My partner, Eliza, is from Land’s End in Cornwall, and has also worked in restaurants, as well as for a wine seller and a wine magazine. So we plan on hosting tastings, as she’s qualified to teach.”
And that is all they’ll divulge. For now. But we’ll keep you posted before it opens – and we’re fairly sure there’ll be enough able seamen in the area to drain the barrels dry nightly.