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23 April 2014
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Coal Vaults

187b Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZB

£40.00 International Soho
  • Wine: £19.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 4pm-12.30am

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Once used for storing coal, this dinky, low-ceilinged basement is reached via an easy-to-miss narrow doorway on frenetic Wardour Street. Inside, it’s been tastefully spruced up, with navy-blue and bare-brick walls, warm subdued lighting and a copper-topped bar creating a welcoming and unpretentious New York vibe in W1. The small-plates menu cherry-picks from the global larder – try palourde clams steamed with aromatic fennel tops, garlic and white wine, pull-apart lavender-infused shoulder of lamb cooked in hay or a punchy sausage (spiked with juniper and smoked sea salt) on well-seasoned sauerkraut. To follow, puds include a light, gooey and deftly salted chocolate cake. Switched-on staff keep diners happy, while the engaging bar team knock up unusual cocktails – many of which can be paired with the food. Otherwise, the wine list strikes a good balance between by-the-glass options and special reserves.

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  1. Coal Vaults

    187b Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZB
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    Richard E.

    Great food, great cocktails, great value

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 10

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  1. Published : Friday, 21st March 2014

    Gingle lists everything :: Coal Vaults, 17th March

    The Coal Vaults, a relatively new, and very stylish underground drinking (and eating) den in the heart of Soho have an offer of 50% off all food and cocktails every Monday to entice people out on the most boring day of the week. It is well worth taking up this offer, or indeed visiting any other day. This is really my kind of place. High tables with stools for twosomes and threesomes, nooks and crannies with booths if there are more of you. Low lighting (though bright enough to take a decent picture) with boozy cocktails on the menu and some really interesting food to eat. Of that, we did not take full advantage; in the end we had one plate each and shared one and I heartily enjoyed both, leaving me champing at the bit to come back and try some of the others...
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  2. Published : Sunday, 16th February 2014

    Tuck & Vine - Tuck and Vine :: Coal Vaults

    If last weeks weather has left you with the desire to hole up in an underground hideaway, then perhaps the Coal Vaults in Soho are the place for you. 'Cocktail heavy dining', the strap line for Coal Vaults makes no mistake about where on the Soho roadmap they'd like to appear. This (slightly claustrophobic) subterranean bolthole on Wardour Street prides itself on serving small plates (all priced between £4-£9) and an extensive list of cocktails (priced between £6 and £9.50) which are based on 'the best liquours (sic) and homemade infusions'. Certainly an 'intimate' space, the bar has been well lit and designed with an impressive copper bartop beset with pennies, across which some well balanced drinks are passed...
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  3. Published : Monday, 7th October 2013

    Livelifelovecake :: Coal Vaults

    I shall warn you now that the restaurant review you’re about to read contains nothing sweet! Yes, that’s right; I left a restaurant without ordering dessert. Technically speaking I did have a cheese board which could be considered a dessert but certainly not in my eyes. I thought I’d write about my trip to Coal Vaults as it’s recently opened and you may like to see what all the fuss is about. The menu consists of small-medium sized plates designed for sharing, which has become something of a trend amongst many restaurants in London such as Grain Store which I had the pleasure of visiting last week. I think it’s a fantastic idea especially for indecisive foodies like me who would order the whole menu if one’s wallet would allow. Coal Vaults is a trendy new bar-come-restaurant hidden away in a basement in the heart of Soho. The interior is incredibly trendy (check out the pennies in the loos!) and is matched by clientele (we were sat next to actor Nicholas Hoult)...
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  4. Coming to the end of the Bank Holiday weekend, we checked out Coal Vaults - a new restaurant and bar, and the latest addition to the bustling Wardour Street. The site, which was originally used to store coal in the 19th Century, has been restored to boast a 100 capacity basement venue consisting of an intimate bar and dining area, as well as five separate vaults for private dining...
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  5. Coming to the end of the Bank Holiday weekend, we checked out Coal Vaults - a new restaurant and bar, and the latest addition to the bustling Wardour Street. The site, which was originally used to store coal in the 19th Century, has been restored to boast a 100 capacity basement venue consisting of an intimate bar and dining area, as well as five separate vaults for private dining...
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