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
Yet another Yelp gem. I came here as part of my birthday week celebrations. We were seated quickly and given both food and wine menus. I was actually blown away by the food selection on offer, as I thought the key focus was wine, but there was soooo much to choose from. The wine list was also a little overwhelming.
I started with olives (amazing quality olives, I'd like to add) and a tiojita...more
Nice place to grab something to eat after a show - and it's too late to dine at a restaurant.
Though it was not the most comfortable place to eat, it was too cramped for that, I was pleasantly surprised when the food came. I had a burger with chips - and it was clearly homemade. Loved it! And I normally don't eat burgers and chips. They also had a good variety of drinks, and the service was...more
This is a secret gem in London. In Leicester Square just a half block off Charing Cross Road. Wonderful and extensive wine list. Just sit at the bar and enjoy the place or grab a table for a delicious meal. Salmon was excellent. Ham and cheese pie was exactly that, but good (like a layered quiche).
This is a place we will return to each time we visit London.more
Ooh finally, I'm in on the secret too! Such a cosy, welcoming little wine bar (actually, more of a wine cellar), central enough to be easy to get to but hidden enough to avoid the thousands of tourists that must walk past every day (so shh don't tell too many people please!).
We were looking for a drinks stop after squishing through the crowds at the Chinese new year celebrations in Trafalgar...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