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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 Thursday, 14 February 2019

Excellent evening, my new favourite restaurant in London!

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Very enjoyable, lovely food, great Oysters

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

What a perfect place to spend a Friday afternoon with an old friend I hadn't seen for years. The set menu is an absolute steal,simple, well presented, full of flavour. Looking forward to heading back and getting better acquainted with the amazing wine list. Thanks for looking after us.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Amazing. Really. Food was delicious, and we were so well looked after by staff. Respite my allergies I had a great choice of food, and I am sure it would al have been delicious.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 January 2019

The food and wine were excellent, and servers/chefs took good care of me regarding an allergy. My concern/note was that the server was patronising/mocking of my American business guest and their lack of knowledge of cuisine terminology and ingredients. If they had not been of an easygoing temperament that would have had consequences, so I likely wouldn't book a business dinner again.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Wonderful, as usual - excellent food and service in a cosy dining room with dark wood all round. From this visit I particularly enjoyed the winter mushroom risotto, and the blackface lamb.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Generally very good - a couple of bottles of the (red) wine I think came straight from the cellar/wine fridge and were a bit too cold initially

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Excellent.

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Visited On Monday, 11 February 2019

The lunchtime set menu is great value for money. Wines by the glass are pricey, although there is a nice selection. The food was good. Service was patchy, one chap who served us was great, helpful and friendly, another was grumpy and snooty towards us. We requested the dessert wine flight and were told it was to go with the cheese in such a way to suggest we were idiots to think we might have just been able to order it like any of the items on the menu.

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Excellent lunch , service and very good value from the set menu which I had not tried before. Great wines by the glass as usual particularly the Roulot 2011 Meursault Vireuils

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Great atmosphere, delicious food, and wine of course - and friendly staff. Loved sitting in the booth.

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Fantastic food, relaxed atmosphere and incredible wines with engaging staff. Perfect!

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Everything was fantastic

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Quaint little place serving exquisite food with great wine list.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

A wonderful atmosphere, and whilst the food is great, I find the service exceptional. Knowledgable and accommodating either for lunch or just drinks, Noble Rot is an experience not to be missed.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

I am a coeliac so have to eat gluten free and I was very happy with the service in this respect. Thank you!

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 February 2019

a gorgeous place to escape the world for a few hours

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Visited On Monday, 04 February 2019

The service was excellent. I was very pleased with the wine pairing recommendations. The food was also excellent. We had a great time.

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Visited On Monday, 04 February 2019

Just the best run restaurant in London and my absolute favourite.

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Visited On Monday, 04 February 2019

It was perfect! The food was delicious and the restaurant itself is lovely and cosy, quiet and feels really special. The best thing though are the waiting team. So charming and helpful, chose really delicious wines for us, absolutely made our experience. They were all great. We'll definitely be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

It's the difference between Really Good Food and Great Cooking--that moment of astonishment. Staff are all superb--friendly, knowledgeable, efficient, courteous, witty. Wonderful luck when your neighbourhood restaurant is world class.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

The perfect winter hideaway. Delicious

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

Excellent food , service and ambience

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

We are subscribers to the magazine and have wanted to visit for some time. We were not disappointed would just have liked the opportunity to try more wines and food. Any chance of a cafe or the gourmand for example! Keep up the good work.

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

Relaxed, sophisticated & a lovely place to spend a Friday afternoon.

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