Noble Rot

British, French·
Silver Award
London, WC1N 3NB·Website·Call020 7242 8963

SquareMeal Review of Noble Rot

Silver Award

SquareMeal London Hot 100 2018Keenly 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
British, French
Cool, Fun, Lively
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for Noble Rot

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

020 7242 8963


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6-10pm

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6 Reviews 

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

Excellent wine bar
24 January 2017  
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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