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Noble Rot

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

Monday - Saturday, 12:00 - 23:00.
Kitchen hours 12:00 - 14:30 and 18:00 - 21:30.

Our bar is open throughout the day on a first-come-first-service basis. Reservations are the restaurant only.

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  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
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About Noble Rot

Noble Rot Wine Bar & Restaurant is the home of the cult magazine that blurs the boundaries between gastronomy and the creative arts. Genius chefs Stephen Harris and Paul Weaver from the Michelin-starred Sportsman in Whitstable oversee a menu of fine Franglais-style cooking, while the Noble Rot team have put together a wine list ranging from the deliciously undervalued to hard-to-find gems from the world’s best winemakers.

Cuisine: British
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, 23 May 2018

Brilliant ... my kinda place in every way .. the most extensive and exciting wine list you will ever find coupled with good sharp cooking ... just ask for a break between courses or you will be out of there in no time .

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 May 2018

As a wine enthusiast I’ve always found a bottle/glass of something delicious to drink, regardless of my mood or budget. The staff are all passionate and know what they’re talking about, without overvolunterring information, which I sometimes find annoying. If asked, I’m confident they’ll be able to deliver some useful information. The restaurant is always full of a multitude of different people, from various walks of life, which I find refreshing. The art work is just as good as the wine. If I paid myself more money I’d be here more often. Noble Rot has knocked St John’s off my number 1 spot for affordable London restaurants. The food is simple and not over worked. Bravo

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

Had an early supper in the restaurant last Thursday which ran into a later dinner when more friends arrived. We could not have been accommodated better by Paisley who re-arranged and moved us perfectly. The food was perfect in every way.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Great dining experience and superb food.

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Really impressive dining experience. Table was just a tad tight for space.

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

A real gem. Great experience.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

You were packed, we were early. Nothing was a problem, we moved from the bar to the restaurant, the food was perfect, the staff couldn’t have been kinder or more relaxed. Very impressed and I’ll be back. Thanks so much.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Great night. Brilliant team.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Excellent food. It is exactly the food I like. Extensive and interesting wine list. Good service.

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Visited On Monday, 14 May 2018

Staff were welcoming to a solo diner, the food and wine was delicious and the restaurant buzzing.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

This place is great. The food was lovely (although perhaps a slim choice for my non-fish-eating wife the evening we visited). I enjoyed the bread and slip sole very much. Very good wine list - we went for a more outre choice. Will definitely visit again.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Wonderful evening

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Exceptional usually, my last meal here was not as stunning as normal. Please stay on pointe

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Another excellent evening super food and top class Pouilly Fume

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Awesome, awesome, awesome. That really is all there is to say.

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

Very nice bistro style restaurant with a lovely wine list

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

One of the best meals I have ever had. The oysters with apple granita, burratina and cod were all wonderful, as was the wine. Can’t wait to come back.

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Visited On Friday, 04 May 2018

Great by the glass wine list.

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Visited On Thursday, 03 May 2018

We had a great meal it was a really fun night

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Another very convivial evening. Service was supportive but not intrusive. Food was excellent and matched by the comprehensive wine list. Look forward to my next visit.

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Enjoyed the food and wine pairings, and thank you Seth for great service!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

Great food, excellent wine list and stellar service. What more do you need?

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

Could not be faulted-excellent value set lunch. Bread was remarkably good too.

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

Lovely fresh food, set lunch terrific value (well balanced, superb mackerel & lemon posset) the slip sole on the a la carte was delicious. The wines were excellent & even served in 75ml so you can taste without drinking much perfect for a lunchtime. We’ll def be back.

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

We had a wonderful time and sadly we’re held up in traffic. We lived our food and drink whilst there until it came to the cheese course which was disappointing. V generous portions of cheese but not great quality. Also expensive bill when you have to give up your table. But in general a lovely place.

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