The Cork & Bottle


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 Street
London Chinatown
Yelp Reviews

4.0 out of 5 based on 37 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Cork & Bottle

5.0 out of 5 15 February 2016
by Sanj M.

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

5.0 out of 5 23 April 2015
by Scott G.

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

4.0 out of 5 18 December 2013
by Cecilia L.

Quick review:

+ hidden gem

+ huge selection of wine

+ accommodating staff

+ takes reservation

- mediocre food

Full review:

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

4.0 out of 5 17 December 2013
by Daisy D.

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

4.0 out of 5 25 January 2013
by Yee Gan O.

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

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