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Summary

£43
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2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Love it… I always feel like a spy when I drink there…” – London’s oldest wine bar (est. 1890), near Embankment tube, is worth a visit for its “great interior” alone, with ancient brick-lined vaults, but it also boasts one of the capital’s biggest outside terraces. You no longer queue for the cold cuts, cheese and pies – they bring them to you with waiter service. The “excellent selection of wines” is by far the greater attraction.

Summary

£43
    £
2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still a great place for a glass of wine, any time of day” – this ancient wine bar near Embankment tube (London’s oldest, dating from 1890) has a superb interior, including a cavern where it’s hard to stand vertically, and a huge outdoor terrace. Its buffet-style food offering of cold cuts, cheese, salad and dishes of the day is primitive but at least relatively cheap, and in summer there’s also a BBQ on the terrace. Just about every London office worker has visited it at some point… in many cases, though, recollections are hazy…

Summary

£39
    £
2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An old favourite – but still the best place to meet friends in London” – this lovingly preserved, 1890s wine bar by Embankment station has a huge outside terrace and “atmospheric cellars” lit by candles. “This is not about the food (which is perfectly OK, just very limited) or the grumpy staff – it’s about the wine and the ambience, delivered here in spades”. “How wonderful to take someone who’s never been before, to experience the atmosphere”, either as a boozy hideaway in winter, or for a BBQ by the park in summer.

Summary

£39
    £
2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An old favourite – but still the best place to meet friends in London” – this lovingly preserved, 1890s wine bar by Embankment station has a huge outside terrace and “atmospheric cellars” lit by candles. “This is not about the food (which is perfectly OK, just very limited) or the grumpy staff – it’s about the wine and the ambience, delivered here in spades”. “How wonderful to take someone who’s never been before, to experience the atmosphere”, either as a boozy hideaway in winter, or for a BBQ by the park in summer.

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Gordon’s Wine Bar Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Gordon’s Wine Bar Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Gordon’s Wine Bar restaurant.
Gavin P
A lovely couple of glasses of wine with the...
Reviewed 6 months, 10 days ago

"A lovely couple of glasses of wine with the British platter - more food than expected. "

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Eve P
Wonderful cheese and wine - classic locatio...
Reviewed 11 months, 3 days ago

"Wonderful cheese and wine - classic location"

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colin p
Strange basement wine bar just off the Stra...
Reviewed 11 months, 30 days ago

"Strange basement wine bar just off the Strand. Dark and mysterious inside; overlooking a park outside with a sunken garden down some steps off a busy street of commuters rushing to Embankment tube station. Wines are well priced and extensive in reach. Port is available in all sorts of capacities and again is good vfm. Food is ok but bar snacks level really. Go for the atmosphere and to see which couples shouldn’t be there together in the little archways at the back!"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£4.00 £11.90 £9.20
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.80
Extras  
Bread £1.50
Service 10.00%
47 Villiers Street, 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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