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Kensington Wine Rooms London bar restaurant

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Debonair Kensington Wine Rooms has a fun, buzzy feel that’s no doubt fortified by the copious quantities of wine by the glass it dispenses – some four dozen are available via an Enomatic system. Pitch camp at the bar, charge up your special pre-paid card, then sip your way through a list that runs from everyday sips to serious ‘event’ vintages at intimidating prices. Wine matches appear alongside each dish on the evening menu in the adjoining dining area: Cornish crab, avocado and spiced crackers with a Gusbourne Estate Chardonnay from Kent; sea bass atop crab, pea and crème fraîche risotto with a 2014 Puligny Montrachet ‘Les Enseigneres’; onglet steak and hand-cut chips accompanied by a 2104 Stellenbosch (RSA). ‘Bar plates’ and lunch specials for a tenner offer the best value, brunch brightens up the weekend, and regular wine events are a big draw.

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The Kensington Wine Rooms

127-129 Kensington Church Street ,London W8 7LP

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Love Wine? This is THE place!

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Jul 2013

Editor's pick The Kensington Wine Rooms has possibly the best and most thought through wine list in London. Their expanding collection of natural wines is a treat – sure, sometime you have to pay up for the low yields and the hard labour that goes into making those gems, but it's well worth it. Very considerate mark-ups on the higher-end wines. The food is matched to individual wines and doesn't disappoint! Great atmosphere.

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

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127-129 Kensington Church Street ,London W8 7LP

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Feb 2012

The Kensington Wine Rooms has been a favourite of mine since it opened as I used to live (very) nearby. I went back there last night and had a fantastic time. If anything, I'd say the food has improved. The cooking is modern european and pared-back in the intimate restaurant at the back. At the bar they have a tapas menu, but one which aims rather higher than your usual tapas joint: the foie gras is to die for and amazingly good value! Fantastic wine list too, with very low mark-ups, esp. at the...

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

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127-129 Kensington Church Street ,London W8 7LP

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Feb 2012

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Let's be clear here: the concept of KWR is great. To serve top wines by the glass, aided by an elaborade – fridge doesn't do it justice – “cooling mechanism” is great. However, the tapas style dishes are not as good as they could – or should for this price -be. Service can be sketchy during busy times, but the main problem here is the bill – expensive was yesterday, this is astronomical. Ironically it is the Tapas which weigh heaviest on the bill and one comes away with a distinct feeling that a...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 1

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127-129 Kensington Church Street ,London W8 7LP

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Mar 2010

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I've been to the Kensington Wine Rooms for lunch a few times now and have always loved the food and wine. The food is tasty, seasonal and beautifully presented in decent portion sizes. I had a really tasty vegetarian lasagne while my guests had the tiger prawn, crab & mange tout risotto (which had proper large juicy prawns, not the tiny shrimps you get elsewhere), and duck with a red berry sauce and roast squash. The duck didn't go down as well as the other two dishes; it was described as “fatty...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 7

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    We have been living a 10 minute walk from Kensington Wine Rooms for two years but had never been there, even for a glass of wine. Sometimes when things are too close or convenient, you end up never going.Now that we are moving to a new neighbourhood, we have suddenly found the extra motivation to explore as many of those restaurants undiscovered places as possible.
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