Cork & Bottle

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About Cork & Bottle

The legendary Cork & Bottle wine bar in London’s Leicester Square was founded by the equally legendary Don Hewitson back in 1971.

Don’s reputation allowed some of the best growers to invite him in and give him access to some of the world’s most treasured wines – the type of wines that usually only find their way to a few lucky locals.

Cork & Bottle is now run by Will Clayton with just the same philosophies, all under Don’s auspicious eye. An iconic venue for wine lovers around the world, whether you’ve come to our website to indulge yourself, book a table, choose a present for a loved one or select a corporate gift, we’re delighted that you share our passion for great wine.

Salut!
Don & Will

Location

44-46 Cranbourn Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 7AN

020 7734 7807

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Opening Times

All day
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-23:30
Wed 12:00-23:30
Thu 12:00-23:30
Fri 12:00-23:30
Sat 12:00-23:30
Sun Closed

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Sue F

06 September 2013  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Good as ever, dear old Cork & Bottle
I used to have lunch on a regular basis at this proper grown up wine bar. It has had a slight facelift since my last visit. No more dripping wet walls in the ladies! Another plus is table service, no need to join the scrum at the bar for ‘just another one for the road’ I was pleased to see the Hemingway burger remains on the menu, it was tasty & came with fat chips. The wine list is on the pricey side but the house wine is drinkable & comes in at just shy of £20 a bottle. if you are in the Leicester Square area and need to find a non tourist spot then this is the place for you.

John S

14 May 2011  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 2
Something of an oasis in the culinary wasteland that surrounds Leicester Square, the Cork & Bottle is a place I've frequented off and on for almost two decades, drawn back by great wines at reasonable prices, reliable gastropub-standard food and a lively atmosphere. Standards may have slipped a little since the 90s, but for me it's continued to offer good value. When I had dinner there last week for the first time in about a year the decline was more marked. The food was bland. My spicy sausages tasted of spice and little else. My wife's chicken in parma ham might just about have passed muster, but only if we'd bought it prepackaged from a supermarket, and £13 for each dish represented a hefty mark-up from 2010. The wine was far better — a supple and punchy 2005 Gigondas — but again, at £34, it seemed overpriced compared with the price-to-quality metric we'd got used to on previous visits. We'll probably give it another go for loyalty's sake and because the staff are as friendly as ever, but unless it's upped its game by then we'll be ticking the winebar-with-food box elsewhere .
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