a small and unique neighbourhood wine bar situated on the cusp of highbury and islington, finsbury park and stoke newington - this little hide away is an ideal escape from the outside world, a place to taste rare and delicious wines along with seasonal dishes.
What is a Bothy...?
A bothy is a basic shelter, particularly common in the Scottish Highlands but related buildings can be found around the world. A bothy was also a semi-legal drinking den in the Isle of Lewis. These, such as Bothan Eòrapaidh, were used until recent years as gathering points for local men, and were often situated in an old hut or caravan. Most bothies are ruined buildings which have been restored to a basic standard, providing a windproof and watertight shelter. They vary in size from little more than a large box up to two-storey cottages.
Because they are freely available to all, the continued existence of bothies relies on users helping look after them. Over the years, the Mountain Bothies Association has developed a Bothy Code that sets out the main points users should respect:
-Bothies are used entirely at your own risk
-Leave the bothy clean and tidy with dry kindling for the next visitors.
-Make other visitors welcome.
-Report any damage to whoever maintains the bothy.
-Take out all rubbish which you can't burn. Avoid burying rubbish; this pollutes the environment. Please do not leave perishable food as this attracts vermin.
-Guard against fire risk and ensure the fire is out before you leave.
-Make sure the doors and windows are properly closed when you leave.
-Never cut live wood or damage estate property. Use fuel sparingly.
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