Cork & Bottle WC1

Where they are:

Cork & Bottle

  • Address: 44-46 Cranbourn Street, WC1 7AN
  • Tel: 020 7734 7807

  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat, 11am-Midnight; Sun, Noon-11pm.
  • Proprietor(s): Fr. 2011, Will Clayton Regularly Attends: dedicated experienced manager in situ.
  • Part of a Chain: No
  • Style: A time warp, 1970's basement wine bar.
  • Wine: Around sixty,very well chosen wines, many of them imported specially by the bars founder
  • Food: Simple but well done retro menu, comprised of snacks as well as hot and cold dishes. Olives £3.50 Hummus, crudites, pitta £6.50. Selection charcuterie £14 Scotch egg, pickles, rocket salad £6.50. C&B Ham & Cheese pie, green salad £10.00.Hemingway burger, chips, salad £14.50 Panna Cotta £6
  • Events: Yes
  • By the Glass: Yes twenty seven plus a sherry, ports, sweet and cocktails
  • Retail Sales: Yes, 25% discount on bar price.
  • House Wines: 175ml glass, white: Chateau Lavanue Sauvignon Blanc-Semillion 2011 £5.00 Red. vdp d'oc Merlot 2010 £5.00

The food recently received an important accolade, Frommer’s Best Dining in London featured the Cork & Bottle “The best Wine Bar food in London”. The New York Times raves about the Raised Ham and Cheese Pie. “The perfect accompaniment to this trove of blissful fermentation”.  They introduced the Raised Ham & Cheese Pie in June 1974. Since then they have sold in excess of 600,000 portions! 

Showcasing an international outlook on life, the beliefs are simple – in a world full of so much terrific food and wine, why settle for a slab of quiche and a glass of boring plonk? The food is innovative, fresh and tasty... and available at all hours. The wine list speaks for itself - ”Legendary for its iconoclastic notes. It doesn’t necessarily tell you what the wine tastes like – you have to make your mind up. It’s there to provoke interest”, says Harpers, the wine trade magazine. As Barossa wine making supremo John Glaetzer puts it so succinctly, “...... this is not just a wine list – it’s a book”. And a readable one at that!

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Time Out: With a globe-trotting bistro mix and a noteworthy selection of cheeses as well as a wine list that makes for a characterful world tour,The Cork and Bottle can be a very good way to begin (or end) your evening in the West End, concludes London's top listings site.