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Summary

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

This extremely cosy and characterful, 50-year-old wine cellar off Leicester Square provides “an unbeatable variety of wine at all price points”“and you can usually get a seat despite the central location”. “The food’s not bad, either” – including the famous cheese & ham pie that has been on the menu since 1978, selling almost a million portions. Will Clayton has carried on where legendary founder Don Hewitson left off, and has expanded into branches in Hampstead (now closed) and Bayswater.

Summary

£56
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2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The wine bar all others aspire to be” (of an old school nature) – this characterful cellar just off Leicester Square is entering its 50th year, and has seen little change in that time. “The food, while a bit of an eighties throwback, is perfectly good for soaking up a few glasses” – and “you can’t beat the ham & cheese pie”, biggest seller on the menu since 1978. Owner Will Clayton, who took over from the legendary Don Hewitson, has also opened branches in Bayswater and Hampstead. As of November 2020, all the branches have been closed since the start of the first Covid lockdown and the social media for the restaurants is quiet – fingers crossed this epic stalwart of the West End re-opens some time soon.

Summary

£56
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2
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The wine bar all others aspire to be” (of an old school nature) – this characterful cellar just off Leicester Square is closing in on its 50th year, and has seen little change in that time. “The food, while a bit of an eighties throwback, is perfectly good for soaking up a few glasses” – and “you can’t beat the ham & cheese pie”, biggest seller on the menu since 1978. Owner Will Clayton, who took over from the legendary Don Hewitson, has opened branches in Bayswater and Hampstead – but it will take them years to match up to the original.

Summary

£57
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An eclectic mix of stunning wines from around the globe” makes this legendary 47-year-old basement wine bar “a great oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square”. “The food is incidental”, mostly “good bistro dishes from the 1980s”, and they’ve sold nearly a million portions of the house ham & cheese pie in the past 40 years. (Nowadays owned by Will Clayton, it has a spin-off no-one’s ever heard of in Bayswater and another opening in Hampstead in September 2018). Top Tip: “the cheese selection is pretty special”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code
85

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£10.30 £18.30 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £27.50
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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