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Summary

“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.

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

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“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”.

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

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“The perfect bolt-hole in the West End” – this atmospheric, charmingly dated cellar is, for those who know it, a much-loved haven, just off Leicester Square. “It’s the comprehensive wine list that shoots it up the scale”, but there’s some “decent”, if “slightly safe” grub too. Tip Tips: “cheese and ham pie is super” (but not for slimmers).

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

Summary

“One of the only good places to eat near Leicester Square”, this age-old “cellar, bistro-style wine bar” is a venerable haven in tourist-land, “but would be great anywhere!” The “reliably good food”, including more than a dozen cheeses, is simple and straightforward – top draw is the “exceptional wine list”.

£55
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£4.50 £11.50 £4.00 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Bread £3.50
Service 12.50%
Opening hours
Monday11 am-12 am
Tuesday11 am-12 am
Wednesday11 am-12 am
Thursday11 am-12 am
Friday11 am-12 am
Saturday11 am-12 am
Sunday12 pm-11 pm

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