Noble Rot

British, French·
££££
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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Noble Rot

Silver Award

Keenly priced but dripping with top-drawer sourcing, Noble Rot’s one-of-a-kind wine list stems from owners who are also responsible for the titular cult wine magazine of the same name. Its culinary credentials aren’t bad either, with Stephen Harris (of Whitstable’s Michelin-starred Sportsman) consulting on the ingredient-driven menu. Brilliant breads provided by The Sportsman and Mikael Jonsson’s Hedone are perfect as a pre-meal bite with Maldon rock oysters or pristine jamón Ibérico Bellota; then try smoked eel in a light gazpacho or grilled slip sole dressed with smoked butter (more memories of Whitstable). Elsewhere, guinea fowl breast in truffle cream with lettuce and broad beans or Swaledale lamb with spinach and fresh peas showcase serious ingredients for under £20 – pricing that’s in tune with the room’s black ceilings, papered walls and other shoestring trappings. The wine list is stuffed full of rarities and bargains, but staff seem reticent to make strong recommendations.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
British, French
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Lively
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options
People
Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Noble Rot

Noble Rot is an award-winning restaurant and wine bar housed inside a townhouse on Bloomsbury’s Lamb’s Conduit Street. Opening its doors in 2015 and becoming a hit with Londoners pretty much instantaneously, this Parisienne-inspired spot is both comforting and timeless in its old-school charm.  

At the front is the wine bar which offers relaxed seating where guests can drink as cheaply or expensively as they please. The wine list boasts a wealth of good-value and rare gems from leading producers all over the world and we don’t blame you if you need a helping hand to decide (simply ask a member of the team). There is also a bar menu available for guests who are really only visiting for the wine, but want something tasty to nibble on while they drink. 

The a la carte menu in the restaurant is overseen by head chef Myles Donaldson and consultant chef Stephen Harris (from Michelin-starred The Sportsman in Whitstable) who have formulated a selection of French-British dishes.  An excellent value set lunch menu comprises two or three courses and changes with the seasons, while the main menu features nibbles, starters, mains and desserts. Start with rock oysters or comte beignets with pickled walnut ketchup while you mull over what to order, followed by things like smoked duck and confit salad, burrata, peas and mint, roast hake with caper and brown butter or roast landes guinea fowl with white beans and wild garlic pesto. Desserts are similar mish-mash of Franglaise-inspired creations, from creme caramel with golden raisins and sauternes to rhubarb and custard. 

The restaurant and wine bar is from the duo behind Noble Rot wine magazine - Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew - which features an ever-rotating portfolio of edgy, fresh and exciting wine writing.


FAQs

Can you reserve a table at the wine bar?

The wine bar at Noble Rot is walk-in only

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Can you order food at the bar?

Yes, there is a bar menu available with small sharing plates

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Location

51 Lamb's Conduit Street, Holborn, London, WC1N 3NB

0207 242 8963

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 18:00-21:30
Tue 18:00-21:30
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:00-21:30
Sun Closed

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6 Reviews 
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Lesley A

28 June 2019  
The best most eclectic wine list in London, superb knowledgable & friendly staff & a short menu of excellently produced seasonal food.

Lesley T

28 June 2018  
Great use of a venerable old wine bar, now turned into an excellent restaurant. Top class ingredients, knowledgeable staff, great service.

Jan D

27 June 2018  
A surprise find but couldn't fault anything. Lively atmosphere, relaxed ambience with knowledgeable and attentive service serving up delicious food but with an innovative twist. The lamb sweetbreads with pease and green peppercorn were delectable while roast lamb with a green olive tapenade was simply melt in the mouth gorgeous. But the real pull here is the wine list..OMG! Majoring in France, it has one of the best selections in town, in terms of both choice and price (a rare combo in London) but still manages to find room for a few oddities, including a few beauties from the Dalamara winery in Macedonia! Make sure this place is on your hit list.

Tim A

28 May 2017  
The wine bar environment makes for a relaxed atmosphere. Inevitably, a well chosen wine list at reasonable prices improves the mood. Excellently cooked food makes for a perfect evening. Their sticky toffee pudding had a friend purring - the first time in very many meals together.

John H

04 May 2017  
Great food and an excellent wine list. A little dark and dingy.

Lynn W

24 January 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
Excellent wine bar
I'm still a fan of wine bars even though I can remember when they were fashionable last time. This one does not disappoint, with an excellent choice of wines and great food. We chose the wine first, a delicious Chablis 1er Cru, then decided what to eat. Bread and butter is terrific, rich spongy focaccia, crusty sourdough and dense grainy soda bread all so good we wanted to eat them all. Starters of creamy burrata with tangy nutty romesco sauce, and duck liver parfait with crunchy toasted sourdough were very good. The Cornish turbot braised in oxidised Chassagne-Montrachet sounded odd, we're not normally fans of oxidised wine but we took the risk and this was terrific, delicate fish with potatoes and leeks, with the creamy white wine sauce. This was all so good we had to try the desserts, the sticky toffee pudding & cream cheese ice cream was suitably sticky but not too heavy, and Noble Rot bakewell-type tart & roast pear was also very good. Sigh. Lots of people around were having a good time, and we're already thinking about when we can go back.
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