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“With lashings of individuality”, this unreconstructed Soho wine bar from 1977 stands out for its “old-fashioned style and service” – “the owner, Simon, and his crew simply deliver!” – and “is still going strong with a traditional menu” of “classic French bistro food” (gravadlax, calf’s liver, steak…). There’s also a “most interesting wine list that has great depth at good prices, rather than too many wines at very high prices”. It can, though, “become a little overcrowded (due to its seeming popularity with the Chartered Surveyors’ Tribe)”.
“Still doing it right after 30 years” – “this reliable old friend ain’t bust so they haven’t fixed it”. “They don’t make them like this any more!”, but if you want to see what a wine bar looked like in the 1970s, this “lively and fun” Soho venue perfectly fits the bill. It helps that “the owner, Simon, takes a personal interest”, and presides over “an extensive list of wines, many of them by the glass”; plus “a varied and well-cooked menu”.
A perfectly preserved, “proper” 1970s wine bar in Soho, where the atmosphere always fizzes “with a good buzz of conversation” and you’ll always find a “warm welcome”. Great for “not-too-serious business”, it has a “sensibly priced wine list that’s a pleasure to work your way through” and “classic, albeit old-school food” that’s “pretty good”. “Been coming here for well nigh 30 years, and it’s home from home: Simon and his team always deliver. Bravo!”
“Like an old friend” – this “bustling”, ’70s-survivor wine bar in Soho is “always full of fun, as owner Simon presides over the very clubby atmosphere” (“it’s seemingly perpetually full of chartered surveyors!”). “Even if the menu does seem a little trapped in time”, the food is “varied, well prepared and always good value”, and “the selection of wine is amazing”.
|Wine per bottle||£32.00|
4 Kingly St, London, W1B 5PE
|Monday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑11 pm|