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
Stopped by for lunch and it was AMAZING! Want a hidden gem, located in Leicester Square with a store front you could easily miss as you walked passed. It's a cool little walk down spiral stairs to the basement restaurant. There are several dinning areas, but I always recommend sitting at the bar as the service is much better and you actually get to know the people who work there.
What a gem of a place! Wedged between a pizza outlet and somewhere where you get cut price theatre tickets - this wine bar is a total surprise!!
Amazing wines and cheese! This wine bar is one of the oldest places of this kind in London.
It evokes so many thoughts of what went on there centuries ago! This is an absolute must, especially for the older crowd who appreciate wine and gorogeous...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