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Summary

With its ancient, dark, candle-lit cellars and the benefit of one of central London’s biggest terraces (adjoining Embankment Gardens), this old wine bar (dating from the 1890s) is perpetually thronged (mostly by young professionals), and has seemingly been visited by everyone in London at some point (even if they may struggle to remember exactly what it was called). Right by Embankment tube, it’s a handy rendezvous, and an affordable one too, even if the self-service food is very basic (cold cuts, cheeses, salads and simple hot platters). Queues for service, cramped seating and a general feeling of scrum are all part of the experience.

£41
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Dark cave-like cellars” create a superb atmosphere at this epic old wine bar (dating from 1890) by Embankment Gardens, which also boasts one of central London’s nicest outside terraces (with BBQ in summer). The “excellent choice of wine and sherries” is another reason the world and his dog flock to the place – the self-service pies, cold cuts, cheeses and salads are certainly no incentive to hurry along.

£38
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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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This “unique” wine bar (dating from 1890) by Embankment Gardens is “somewhere everyone should visit” once. Not for the food, which is barely “OK”, or the “grumpy bar staff”, but for the marvellously gloomy cave-like interior and huge terrace (with BBQ) in summer.

£38
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Just about everyone in London has supped a glass of vino at one time or another at this “one-of-a-kind” ancient wine bar, by Embankment tube; the food – cheese, cold cuts, hot dishes, salads – is “nothing special”, but the cave-like interior is “amazing”, and it has one of the West End’s nicest (and biggest) outdoor terraces.

£33
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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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8-10
80
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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £12.95  
SundayLunch £12.95  

Tapas / Dim Sum

Main Pudding
£6.50 £5.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £21.25
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
47 Villiers St, London, WC2N 6NE
Opening hours
Monday11 am-11 pm
Tuesday11 am-11 pm
Wednesday11 am-11 pm
Thursday11 am-11 pm
Friday11 am-11 pm
Saturday11 am-11 pm
Sunday12 pm-10 pm

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