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£58
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Allied to the magazine of the same name”, Mark Andrew and Daniel Keeling’s Bloomsbury four-year-old took over the “lovely”, if “slightly cramped” premises that were previously the marvellously old-school wine bar Vats (RIP). It has a “brilliantly curated” wine list “featuring something for everyone: from small, natural and biodynamic producers using grapes you’ve never heard of (from areas you didn’t even know produced wine), to the grand marques of the first growth Bordeaux. There is something for everyone and the staff are ridiculously knowledgeable and keen to help guide you through as much or as little as you want”. The “simple” fare that accompanies it is better-than-incidental too (“sometimes outstanding”), and prepared with “an assured touch”. “It’s not a place for loony foodies of the Instagram persuasion, thank God. Just really good fun!” And “all without it being daylight robbery” too.

Summary

£58
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Allied to the magazine of the same name”, Mark Andrew and Daniel Keeling’s Bloomsbury three-year-old took over the “lovely”, if “slightly cramped” premises that were previously the marvellously old-school wine bar Vats (RIP). It has a “brilliantly curated” wine list “featuring something for everyone: from small, natural and biodynamic producers using grapes you’ve never heard of (from areas you didn’t even know produced wine), to the grand marques of the first growth Bordeaux. There is something for everyone and the staff are ridiculously knowledgeable and keen to help guide you through as much or as little as you want”. The “simple” fare that accompanies it is better-than-incidental too (“sometimes outstanding”), and prepared with “an assured touch”. “It’s not a place for loony foodies of the Instagram persuasion, thank God. Just really good fun!” And “all without it being daylight robbery” too.

Summary

£74
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

An oenophile’s dream – Mark Andrew and Daniel Keeling’s “jolly” Bloomsbury two-year-old is, for the second year running, in strong contention as “London’s best wine option, bar none”. “Old-fashioned (in a good way)”, it occupies the endearingly “dingy” ’70s site that for many years traded as Vats (RIP) and “aside from being a bit noisy, the place itself is wonderfully atmospheric”. “Staff are friendly with an expert knowledge of the wines” and the list itself is “extensive, but even for the non-connoisseur or financially constrained customer there are quite a lot of bottles coming in at less than £30”. The “well-crafted” food is “much-more-than-serviceable” too – a selection of “very tasty and reasonably priced small plates”.

Summary

£66
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “ridiculously comprehensive and thoughtful wine list” has established Mark Andrew and Daniel Keeling’s “knockout” Bloomsbury yearling as London’s No. 1 destination for œnophiles. Housed in the “buzzy”, “dark-wooded” premises which traded for decades as Vats, the variety of vintages is “fascinating”, with “some exceptional rarities, many in per glass portions”. “They take pride in the food too”, but it’s relatively “simple” and no criticism to say this is “more a wine bar than a restaurant”. Top Menu Tip – fish dishes in oxidized white burgundy.

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Owner's description

Located on Bloomsbury’s historic Lamb’s Conduit Street, Noble Rot Restaurant & Wine Bar was originally built in 1700. Chefs Stephen Harris and Paul Weaver from the Michelin-starred The Sportsman in Whitstable oversee a full à la carte menu of fine Franglaise style cooking in the restaurant, and a selection of small dishes in the bar. The wine list ranges from deliciously undervalued wines by the glass to hard-to-find gems from the worlds leading winemakers; expect to find mature bottles from legendary domaines such as Guy Roulot, Jacques Selosse, Armand Rousseau, Château Palmer, Lopez de Heredia and Guiseppe Quintarelli at reasonable prices.

We’re thrilled to be able showcase the spirit of Noble Rot Magazine in our atmospheric townhouse on one of central London’s most attractive streets, and hope to welcome you soon. We take reservations for the restaurant online and by phone, whilst tables in the front bar section are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £18.00 £22.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£11.00 £28.00 £8.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Bread £4.50
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

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Menu
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20, 12, 220
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51 Lamb's Conduit St, London, WC1N 3NB
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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