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Harden's says

The Covent Garden wine bar has rebranded its East Dulwich offshoot ToastED as a sibling branch of Terroirs.

survey result

Summary

£54
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Tucked away off Trafalgar Square, you’d need to know about this very buzzy wine bar to find it… but sadly many people do as it’s normally packed out”. Over ten years ago, when it opened, it was a major sensation thanks to its then-novel combination of “really adaptable”, gutsy, Gallic tapas (“plates of meat, cheese, paté, etc”) washed down with “a superb (if somewhat baffling and esoteric) wine selection, featuring some very interesting natural wines” (it’s actually owned by wine importers, Les Caves de Pyrenes). Nowadays the prevailing view is that it’s “good but very expensive for what is in effect an uncomfortable and noisy café”.

Summary

£54
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Tucked away off Trafalgar Square, you’d need to know about this very buzzy wine bar to find it… but sadly many people do as it’s normally packed out”. Ten years ago, when it opened, it was a major sensation thanks to its then-novel combination of “really adaptable”, gutsy, Gallic tapas (“plates of meat, cheese, paté, etc”) washed down with “a superb (if somewhat baffling and esoteric) wine selection, featuring some very interesting natural wines” (it’s actually owned by wine importers, Les Caves de Pyrenes). Nowadays the prevailing view is that it’s “good but very expensive for what is in effect an uncomfortable and noisy café”.

Summary

£53
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With its “outstanding range and quality of wines” (many of them funky, if “slightly hit-and-miss” ‘biodynamique’ vintages), and “limited-but-quirky menu” of rustic French fare (charcuterie, cheese, eel salad, smoked cod’s roe), all at “decent prices”, this well-known dive of nearly ten years’ standing, near Charing Cross station, “feels like a trusty friend” to very many reporters. “Perhaps one was more excited a few years back when places like these were less common” but its ratings have softened in recent years – “dishes can be a little inconsistent” and the very “Gallic” service “has gone backwards”. Still, it’s “always buzzing”. In October 2017, owners Cave des Pyrène rebranded its East Dulwich offshoot ToastED under the same name.

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Restaurant details

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38 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8HJ

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