This Leicester Square wine bar was established in 1971 and boasts up to 40,000 bottles in its cellar. The renowned bar lives up to its ethos that "life's too short for boring wines" with a lovingly chosen wine list and a menu of bistro lunches, cheeses and the Cork & Bottle favourite: raised ham and cheese pie. Our 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? Our 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, "Don, this is not just a wine list - it's a book". And a readable one at that!
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The Cork & Bottle
44-46 Cranbourn StreetLondon ChinatownLondonWC2H 7AN
- Public transport:
- Leicester Square, Underground
+ hidden gem
+ huge selection of wine
+ accommodating staff
+ takes reservation
- mediocre food
Like other reviewers have said, Cork & Bottle is truly a great find amongst tourist traps you could easily fall into around Leicester Square. The establishment reportedly has over 300 wines, which, if true, probably aren't all listed on the menu, but there is certainly a...more
Had some time to burn before we had to meet a coworker that was coming down from Chester. Strolling through Leicester Square we spotted this place & my wine-loving husband was intrigued. We made our way down the stairs and found ourselves a table. It was a little early for lunch so there weren't many people in the place, but we got to chat with some of the staff and admire the beautiful pie...more
Leicester square is an awful and terrible place and then there's suddently an amazing spot thats quiet and has a nice bar full of vino and foods and stuffs.
Rock up to the bar and sit for a spell or just wait til your movie starts across the way, either way it makes for a nice break in time.
Good wine, good service what more can you ask for?more
This place is a gem....seriously, I probably shouldn't even write a review because I want to keep it as much on the down low as possible.
In the middle of Leicester Square, as I was bemoaning the crappiness of touristy areas I see this window and all it has is wine bottles (yep, that will always grab my attention). We open the door and all we see is a winding staircase going down....hmmmmm....more
Despite me considering this part of London almost a second home, I have to confess that I've never noticed this place until a group of us London Yelpers seconded it for a UYE
We had organised a 'Welcome to London' UYE to meet some visiting American Yelpers but for differing reasons, neither of them made it. However, the London gang didn't need an excuse to meet up for a drink and a catch up....more