Noble Rot Wine Bar

Where they are:

Noble Rot Wine Bar & Restaurant

  • Address: 51 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB
  • Tel: +44 20 7242 8963

  • Opening Times: Monday-Saturday 12am–11pm, Kitchen noon-3pm and 6pm-10pm Sunday Closed
  • Proprietor(s): Mark Andrew and Dan Keeling, (Noble Rot magazine)
  • Part of a Chain: No
  • Style: 1980s style London walk in wine bar with modern British foodie restaurant
  • Wine: Large selection mainly French and Italian
  • Food: A dozen starters/bar snacks, a handful of mains
  • Events: Yes
  • By the Glass: yes
  • Retail Sales: No

The head chef has a Michelin starred background. The premises have been a wine bar since 1973 and the new owners have retained the atmosphere. Expect oysters, cold cuts, bread and olives in the bar, with an expanded seasonal British menu in the back restaurant.

Review of the Reviews: Click on the title to see the full review.

The London Standard

Very positive review from  Fay Maschler aka the Queen of the London Restaurant scene, the long serving (since 1972) Standard reviewer. The premises of this old wine bar have not been updated by the new owners, causing Fay to be overcome by a wave of nostalgia for 1970's Bistro based sitcom, Robin's Nest and its one armed, dish washer upper, played in show stealing fashion by Irish actor David Kelly. Turning to the food she heaps fulsome praise both on the head chef and the food he serves. Fay always eats twice and her sole criticism concerns the temperature of the oysters (too cold) on one of her visits.

The Telegraph

Again the retro feel gets a big thumbs up from Victoria Moore, the Telegraph's wine correspondent. There is no oyster downside mentioned here and of course the wine list is given an expert once over and is found to cut the mustard. "Noble Rot is a fabulous place for anyone who loves wine. But it’s also a fabulous place for anyone who loves drinking – candle-lit and atmospheric. Also, the food is excellent." is her conclusion.

Andy Hayler.com

Gentleman reviewer Andy Hayler is definetly a tougher nut to crack. Poor ingredients (a regular shortcoming in London, he feels) are his bête noire. Consequently he regularly heads off to the continent to eat really top of the range food. Bread is often a pointer to the care taken with the rest of the meal, be believes, here the noble Rot bread much of it baked on site is deemed, to be "top class" and even "spectacularly good." The rest of the meal is also a hit, however the leaves that accompany the grilled whole mackerel starter with pink grapefruit vinaigrette are found wanting.  His overall verdict?."Noble Rot is a most enjoyable place to eat at, with a stunning wine list and some genuinely top notch dishes".

Time Out

Again praise, this time accompanied by a detailed discription of the retro, unchanged for years, yet retained vintage decor and atmosphere of Vats, the previous wine bar incarnation. This from Tania Ballantine, Time Outs UK eating and Drinking Editor. 

She and her companion swoon at the simple marriage of a soft-boiled duck egg with creamy, piquant chilled crab sauce and nicely al dente sprouting broccoli. The food is classic, the wine  afordable and served by knowledgeable staff  in the back restaurant, while in the front the room, "the boisterous spirit of a wine bar is very much alive" is her summary .

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Noble Rot is a most enjoyable place to eat at, with a stunning wine list and some genuinely top notch dishes.  - See more at: http://www.andyhayler.com/restaurant/noble-rot#sthash.d3YzuLP9.dpuf
Noble Rot is a most enjoyable place to eat at, with a stunning wine list and some genuinely top notch dishes.  - See more at: http://www.andyhayler.com/restaurant/noble-rot#sthash.d3YzuLP9.dpuf