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, 17 June 2019

Lovely room; good vibe. Service was super-slow (but quite charming!).

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Extraordinary selection of wines by the glass.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Great wine list, very solid menu with a few standout options; unfortunately service was extremely slow and we were sat at the wrong table for 45 minutes with a friend waiting at the right one!

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

I'm always amazed of the quality that you've put together, from the moment we arrive, reception, food, wine, servers magazine etc. Keep up the good work. I've had the pleasure of dinning with you on a regular basis when I'm in London each summer. thanks, Bill

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Mouth still tingling with excitement, albeit feeling a bit ‘tired’ after a rare evening out sans sprogs to celebrate The Antique Dealer turning 21 again (how did that happen!) at the gastronomic marvel that is @noblerotbar. Honestly, if my nose had been any longer I would have inhaled that dessert wine through my own nostrils it was that deliciously pungent (finally... I get that whole sticking your beak in a wine glass thing!) and did I really eat my own body weight in lamb fat? Yes I did! And loved it! PS: Our waitress was a goddess!

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

This was my second time dining at Noble Rot. Excellent food, wine and service. The wine-list is impressive, the Paolo Bea, Pipparello, is highly recommendable.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Fantastic food and wine!

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Visited On Friday, 14 June 2019

Excellent as always.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Hi. Had a lovely lunch with you this week. Holly recommended a great Riesling for us to drink! I am allergic to fish so couldn't have the mackerel starter. Thanks for providing the alternative but 2 spears of asparagus seemed a little parsimonious!

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Visited On Thursday, 13 June 2019

Very enjoyable experience

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Great food, service and wine. Absolutely great.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Best meal and wine I’ve had in a week of dining in London.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 June 2019

This is our second visit is so many years. These still rank as the best prepared and most satisfying meals of my long eating "career". I'll be back on our next trip to London.

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Visited On Friday, 07 June 2019

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Visited On Thursday, 06 June 2019

Best winelist in London!

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Visited On Thursday, 06 June 2019

Excellent food and service

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 June 2019

Delicious food and lovely staff! Will be back. Thank you!

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Visited On Monday, 03 June 2019

We had a fantastic meal, thank you! We will definitely be recommending Noble Rot to our friends and family.

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Visited On Monday, 03 June 2019

A lovely dinner as always and great to see happy long serving staff again

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Visited On Monday, 03 June 2019

Had 3 course set menu and main dish had barely any meat on the fish, mostly bones.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 June 2019

I thought the service was a little rude, pushy and pretentious. but the food, atmosphere and wine were outstanding.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 June 2019

Absolutely delicious food, great wine list, knowledgeable and attentive staff. Great for a special night out.

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Visited On Friday, 31 May 2019

A wonderful night - easily my new favourite restaurant for special occasions. The food was sublime, the atmosphere really lively and engaging, and the server was wonderful - she identified exactly the right wine on a very vague brief from me. We had a great night and will definitely be returning.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 June 2019

A really enjoyable visit. Staff very friendly and loved the daily specials that were available for both food and wine. I would though have like a little more discussion/introduction of our wines by the staff as we received them - that would have made the evening even better.

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Visited On Friday, 31 May 2019

Amazing reataurant - the staff are absolutely lovely and not at all intimidating when it comes to wine choices (which is often the case when you go somewhere with an extensive wine list!). Will most definitely come back.

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