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
Spent 11 days in London so we have seen and done a lot but this was very memorable. It's a small place so you must get a reservation! Our table wasn't quite ready when we arrived at 6pm so we went to the very small bar. The gentleman there was very nice and gave us some recommendations on a white wine and some free tastes as well. We got a bottle and we were seated moments later. Hannah was...more
+ 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
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