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 Monday, 11 November 2019

The set lunch is excellent value, but a picky guest meant a la carte

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Visited On Monday, 11 November 2019

Amazing wine list with great food to accompany it!

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 November 2019

One of the best Wine Lists in London.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

The best place I know in London. Outstanding food and a great atmosphere. Not cheap, but undoubtedly worth it.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

Excellent food, great wine list and suggested pairings. Friendly, warm service. I will definitely be back. Soon!

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

It was recommended to me from Londoner as best restaurant (GUS Gazzard). I fully agree though it was a bit tight which I recognize as so called London ambience.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

Excellent food and service in relaxed setting. Knowledgeable staff and first class selection of wines, especially by the glass.

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Visited On Friday, 08 November 2019

As excellent as usual. Great service and atmosphere'So looking forward to returning in a couple of weeks time

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Visited On Friday, 08 November 2019

Don’t miss this place 🍷

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Visited On Friday, 08 November 2019

A superb meal!

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Visited On Friday, 08 November 2019

Great lunch and atmosphere. Our deserts were a bit late and our waiter kindly brought us some complimentary sweet wine while we waited. Will happily return!

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Visited On Thursday, 07 November 2019

The food was delicious but the restaurant was too noisy to have a conversation. A real shame.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 November 2019

Great service standard - very impressive

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 November 2019

Would be good to have more choice in the £25-35price range for wines

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 November 2019

5th visit. Better each time.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 November 2019

Quirky little place with surprisingly great food. Brilliant service. Would have liked a g&t to start, but hardly a hardship to settle for a glass of English fizz instead! Thoroughly recommend and would certainly come back. Dodgy going to the loo though!

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 November 2019

Excellent

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 November 2019

Always a fantastic place to eat and drink with very nice and knowledgable team.

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 November 2019

Loved it al!!!! Every bit. Dined alone as got away from a conference I was attending and travelled 45 mins to have lunch here, been wanting to visit for a very long time. It was completely worth it. Can’t wait to come back, without work and have a little more than two glasses of their superb wine!

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Visited On Monday, 04 November 2019

Lovely food with a cozy atmosphere. Serve staff very knowledgeable and helpful! Would come back.

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Visited On Monday, 04 November 2019

Service was very good

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 October 2019

Service was fine, they were knowledgeable. From an overall experience, it was just okay. It was expensive for just okay food. There was a small selection of the "by the glass" wines and the better wines you had to buy a bottle which was disappointing. I thought for being a wine bar there would be more options to try wines by the glass.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

Wonderful evening

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

Love the wine pairing

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

It was my first trip to Noble Rot and I had high expectations. I’m delighted to share that they were surpassed. Delicious 3 course lunch with paired wines and excellent service also. I’ll return again soon!

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