There are two things that get us really excited.
So you can likely only begin to imagine how ruffled we get when faced with a wine list. Particularly one that’s been tirelessly devised over the course of two years, paired with the dishes of award winning chefs Stephen Harris (The Sportsman) and Paul Weaver (St. John) and popped on the tables of Bloomsbury’s cosy wine bar and restaurant, Noble Rot.
This is the kind of place that – if you were Dan Keeling (ex-MD of Island Records) or Mark Andrew (Master of Wine, and ex-head buyer for Roberson wine) you would have definitely considered opening. And so here they are: after first finding friendship through wine tastings, and then launching their “accessible, anti-snobbish and down to earth” wine magazine (also called Noble Rot) they finally fulfilled their dream of opening a wine bar and restaurant serving some of the world’s finest wines – both by the glass, and the bottle – alongside the sorts of eclectic, innovative, modern wines that you may never have tried before. Like, for example, a Suertes del Marques “Trenzado’ from Tenerife, or an Argyros ‘Estate’ Assyrtiko from Santorini…
Head along to Bloomsbury, and you’ll find – in chronological order –
1) Lamb’s Conduit St, on which you’ll spot the entrance to Noble Rot.
2) A roaring log fire inside a laidback wine bar staffed by some of London’s friendliest – and most knowledgeable – wine aficionados, from the ex-head sommeliers of Hawksmoor and Clove Club to the ex-General Manager of Sager + Wilde. Order a bowl of olives, some charcuterie or a spot of cheese and then get to work on a wine list which – thanks, in part, to Noble Rot’s Coravin System – features an eclectic selection of over 30 excellent wines by the glass.
3) A restaurant, located on the other side of a curtain within the wine bar. Book a table in there and you’ll enjoy dishes like salt cod brandade with radishes; pork, pigeon and pistachio terrines; brown butter-glazed jerusalem artichokes; and an ever-changing French cheese plate: all assembled by a Michelin-starred chef, and expertly paired with different wine recommendations each day.
4) The Noble Rot exit…
… which will take you back out on to Lamb’s Conduit St.
NOTE: Noble Rot is open for lunch, dinner and drinks, Mon-Sat. You can make a reservation for the restaurant, and find out more, HERE.
Noble Rot | 51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NB
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