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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, 10 December 2018

Great food and service and amazing wine list

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Great as always!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

All round excellent

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

1st class as ever. Great ambience, knowledgeable staff and great food. Makes you want to come back. Thanks

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

As always a great lunch, engaging knowledgeable and fun service, one of my favourite spots! Thank you...

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Absolutely sensational. The Monkfish with oxidised champagne velouté was out of this world!

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Lovely set lunch and equally good house red (Gran Cerdo). Complemented by friendly staff and good atmosphere

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

We had a lovely lunch, with exceptional service from Bronte in particular, although everyone was a delight. We were celebrating a friend’s 90th birthday, and every effort and more was made to accommodate our requests and make the lunch memorable. Noble Rot remains one of my absolute favourite London restaurants.

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Visited On Monday, 03 December 2018

Great friendly but professional service. They have mastered being available to help without disturbing you. Food was sensational and the wine to die for.

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Visited On Monday, 03 December 2018

A fantastic experience, will be coming back in the very near future.

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Visited On Monday, 03 December 2018

Waiter was fabulous. He's going places.

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Visited On Monday, 03 December 2018

We both loved our meals. The lunch set meal was excellent value. I would’ve liked some pickle or grapes with the cheese but that is my only critique.

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Visited On Friday, 30 November 2018

Excellent lunch with friendly service.

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

Pros - Food was very good. Excellent wine list too Cons - Might have been just a busy day but it took 1 hour for our mains to arrive to the table.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Excellent lunch on Saturday with friends. It's our favourite meeting place - never disappoints - thanks all.

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Visited On Friday, 30 November 2018

Fantastic meal and service. Our waiter was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, she definitely added to the experience at Noble Rot. The set lunch menu was delicious and perfect portion sizing. We'll definitely be looking for our next opportunity to visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Loved every second from the time we arrived to when we left. Everything was spot-on. Great food and wine - a treat to be able to select 'by the glass' from such an extensive list. Our waitress (named Bronte if my memory is correct) was outstanding. Full of knowledge about the wines, food, etc, and efficient and amiable. Top notch service.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

We had an absolutely fantastic meal here - wine & food were perfect (I’ve literally dreamt about the Dover sole & sticky toffee pudding since!), service & atmosphere were warm & friendly. Can’t recommend it enough!

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Exceptional cooking, warm, friendly and attentive service, we were treated like kings throughout. Splendid

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Great venue- outstanding wine, delicious food, friendly and knowledgable staff- will keep coming back

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

The four of us loved the food, my husband said the Pork Belly the best ever. Friends' rare Duck was exactly how she likes it. My Monkfish came with new potatoes although I thought it should have been mash but in no time a separate dish of sublime mashed potato was provided by a member of the delightful waiting staff. Excellent, knowledgable and professional in every way. A table nearby of six very noisy diners precluded our conversation somewhat, but, these things happen and we were almost ready to leave anyway. Bread and butter memorable, too.........I think it could be complimentary, however, wouldn't stop us coming again and er, again!!

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

Excellent meal, wonderful service, superb wines. We will be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

Had a great lunch. Food was excellent. Wine very affordable. Thank you.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Brilliant service on the whole but felt courses served a little too close to each other. Food excellent on the whole - beef cheek slightly unseasoned. Our bill was £231 for 2 for 3 courses, bottle of wine, aperitifs and oysters. Not cheap but actually pretty good value.

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