Noble Rot

51 Lambs Conduit Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1N 3NB
Critics Review 14/20
Restaurant info
Opening Information

Open Monday – Saturday
Bar open 12pm – 11pm

Restaurant Reservations Taken:
Lunch: 12 – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6 – 9.30pm
Closed on Sundays.

Set lunch menu available every day.

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area

About Noble Rot

Noble Rot Restaurant & Wine Bar is located in an atmospheric townhouse on Bloomsbury’s Lamb’s Conduit Street. Head chef Paul Weaver and Consultant chef Stephen Harris from the Michelin-starred The Sportsman in Whitstable oversee a full à la carte menu of fine Franglaise style cooking in the restaurant, and a selection of small dishes in the bar. The wine list ranges from deliciously undervalued wines by the glass to hard-to-find gems from the worlds leading winemakers. Noble Rot Restaurant & Wine Bar won Wine List Of The Year at 2018, 2017 & 2016 National Restaurant Awards and 2016 Harden’s London Restaurant Awards.

We’re thrilled to be able showcase the spirit of Noble Rot Magazine in our atmospheric townhouse on one of central London’s most attractive streets, and hope to welcome you soon. We take reservations for the restaurant online and by phone, whilst tables in the front bar section are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Cuisine: British, Wine Bar
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
14/20
I think that the effort that a restaurant puts into its bread is often a pointer to the care taken with the rest of the meal. Some restaurants source lazily, others buy with care and the best usually make at least some of their own. The focaccia here is made in-house and is spectacularly good. Too often this bread can end up dry and disappointing, but here it is gorgeous and supple (17/20). There is also good soda bread that they make here and the top class sourdough from Hedone. I could not resist repeating the signature starter of slip sole (baby Dover sole) with smoked butter, simple yet beautifully cooked (16/20). This was better than a grilled whole mackerel starter with pink grapefruit vinaigrette and some leaves. The grapefruit is a logical pairing with the oily mackerel, but the leaves could have been better and this particular specimen of mackerel had merely ordinary flavour, though it was well cooked (13/20). Halibut braised in oxidised Burgundy with leeks and potatoes was better, the fish accurately cooked and the old wine (a 1998 Batard Montrachet) in which it was cooked added some character (14/20). Even better was squab pigeon from Anjou with puy lentils and peas. The bird was lovely and cooked pink, with its liver adding an interesting extra flavour; the young peas were tender and the puy lentils brought a pleasing earthiness to the dish (easily 15/20). Desserts were a mixed bag. Pistachio cake with blood orange and mascarpone was very enjoyable, the cake having good texture and plenty of nutty flavour, the orange a pleasant contrast to the creamy cheese (14/20). Warm chocolate mousse turned out to be just that, a bowl of melted chocolate mousse. The quality of the chocolate was fine, and I am as big a fan of chocolate as the next person, but there was nothing whatever to go with it, so it was ultra-rich. There was no biscuit to bring another texture, no extra element to cut through the richness, just a bowl of warm chocolate. This is the kind of thing that someone might serve up at a dinner party but I would have hoped for something a bit more here. It was far too rich for me to finish (hard to score, but maybe 12/20 as the chocolate itself was of good quality). Service was capable, and the sommelier in particular knew his stuff. As a little treat they had a rarity on the wine list by the glass – Yquem “Sauternes 2” (£12), a non-vintage wine from the legendary Chateau but not usually sold commercially. It is a much simpler wine than the flagship Yquem but still had lovely fruit showing through. This is the kind of gem that pops up on the list here, a by-product of having owners that run a wine magazine. The bill came to £90 a head with a bottle of the excellent JJ Prum Riesling Kabinett and a glass apiece of the “Sauternes 2”. If you shared a modest bottle of wine from the terrific list then a cost per head for around £65 would be more typical. The meal tonight was more erratic than my first lunch here, but Noble Rot is a most enjoyable place to eat at, with a stunning wine list and some genuinely top notch dishes.
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Visited On Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Always our first choice for business entertaining.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Delicious meal and excellent pairing recommendations from our waiter.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Never been less than perfect

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Visited On Monday, 19 August 2019

Enjoyable evening. Excellent food. Lovely setting. Buzzy atmosphere but a little too noisy for our tastes which did impact on our enjoyment somewhat. Thanks

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

The meal was amazing. I’ve only ever been for lunch during the week , but we had such a lovely evening. Were I to have one criticism (which isn’t that big of a deal or I would have mentioned it to the waiter) was that the dessert was not as good as the previous two courses. I ordered the honey parfait and thought it was a bit flat. But to be honest you had set the bar very high before that!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

Excellent experience!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

Great experience

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2019

Just such a wonderful time xxx

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

Depressed as you ran out of two food choices but everything else was perfect.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

All of the staff were helpful and friendly and 5he food was excellent as usual. The choice of wines is inspired. It was hard to choose.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Loved everything.Can’t wait toe return.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

We really enjoyed and we are definitely coming back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

My favorite wine restaurant in London

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Always a fantastic evening, excellent service, lovely staff and the menu is always fantastic, needless to say wine menu is pretty epic, but with lot's of reasonable by the glass options. If dinner feels too ££ but you want to experience it, try the set lunch.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

The staff were exemplary: professional, friendly, cheerful, efficient. Couldn't have asked for better. I appreciate that the place is founded on wine, but a more extensive range of soft drinks would be good for those who don't, or can't, indulge (particularly at lunchtime). Having said that: the ginger beer was top notch.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Wonderful experience but I feel slightly on the £££ side for paired wines and cheese course.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Great space, excellent service and food. Sadly no wine was consumed this time.

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Visited On Monday, 12 August 2019

Already have recommended you to friends, colleagues, strangers on the street! Cara was a wonderful server with tonnes of knowledge: she advised us really well on a lovely Aligoté, which matched perfectly with her recommendation of turbot, too. We were celebrating an anniversary and it was a wonderfully memorable meal at Noble Rot: hopefully the first of many!

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Visited On Monday, 12 August 2019

Lovely relaxed environment, the food is very tasty. Service were excellent, food delicious but over priced.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Had a great time in Noble Rot, Josh looked after us and he made us feel at home with a relax, efficient and knowledgeable service. Thanks a lot Josh!!

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Visited On Friday, 09 August 2019

Food was amazing, loved the bread but disappointing dessert (we had the cherry and chocolate tart)

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Visited On Thursday, 08 August 2019

Unbelievable meal, every item was delicious.

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Visited On Friday, 09 August 2019

We have such a lovely lunch, as always! Everything was spot on, as always and we loved the blackened chicken leg!

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Visited On Thursday, 08 August 2019

Every dish we had was perfect and the service could not have been better

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 August 2019

food was superb and there is a nice range of wines by the glass

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