Famed for winning ‘Wine list of the year’ four times with its existing London locations, the Noble Rot group has opened the doors to its third restaurant. Tucked away in the alleys of Shepherd Market in Mayfair, this new branch has taken over the former site of Le Boudin Blanc, with ambitions to be a regular spot for both the wine obsessed and newcomers too. Built in the 1800s, there is a delightfully antique feel to this location with winding staircases and wooden panelling creating a cosy and classic atmosphere. There are two bars within the venue on the ground and first floor open all day Monday to Saturday walk-ins only, and a restaurant where booking is encouraged.
Owners Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew are keen to provide their most extensive wine list yet with over 30 pages of choice from dazzling Champagnes and bold merlots to unique sweet wines. Also included are up and coming English labels which they claim hold up against the classics. There is a huge range of wines by the glass and sub £40 gems through to rare vintages, so there really is something for everybody to enjoy.
The menu has been masterminded by head chef Adam Wood, who is the ex-sous chef from Perilla, which will change regularly. According to Dan and Mark the distinct personality of this Mayfair branch is ‘indulgence’ which is certainly reflected in the menu. If you are dining a la carte enjoy extravagant dishes such as braised turbot, Anjou pigeon or, for two to share, a whole duck and sauce chambertin with potato and cep gratin. Alternatively, there is a seasonal set lunch menu served from 12-2:30pm which offers two courses for just £22. For those visiting solely for a wine extravaganza, there is plenty of decadent bar food to enjoy such as Maldon rock oysters, duck rillettes or mushroom fritters.