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
  • Outdoor Seating

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 Friday, 06 December 2019

The food was very mediocre. Very disappointed

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Incredibly happy and delicious lunch. I’m back next week with another gang and looking forward to it Thank you. Very very special.

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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

We had a lovely lunch. Really would like to come back very soon. Great staff and clearly run by people who know about their door and wine! Thanks!

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

We had am amazing lunch on Thursday. Galway oysters followed by goose with all the trimmings--red cabbage, superb roast potatoes, apple sauce, sprouts and sprout tops--deliciously and simply cooked. Service was friendly and attentive, the room filled with happy diners. Can't think of a nicer way to kick off the Christmas season. And I haven't even mentioned the wine!

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Exceptional food and service. I have sat on better tables for two hundred pounds but I loved it.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Fabulous food and a delicious wine list. A favourite.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Place excellent, service a bit slow to get starter, but we were at peak time. When the food came it was very good

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Great food, incredible wine – I'm not sure there's a better priced or more interesting by-the-glass list in London.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

The food is too salty and there is never much I fancy on the menu, but I love the restaurant and it’s ambience and where it is.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Really enjoy drinking good quality wines at good price. The food was excellent and very well prepared . The taste was delicious.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

Absolutely wonderful food and amazing wine list.Service was superbly friendly, shame for several hiccups in timing between food and wine service.Overall a wonderful experience I shall look forward to replicate!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

celebrated my wife's birthday with lunch at Noble Rot... it was wonderful experience all round. We had a very lovely server & enjoyed the fixed lunch menu with wine pairings. And they even brought out a special birthday dessert (unasked) with a candle!

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

Deep wine list, excellently conceived and executed dishes, and wonderful service

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

The food and drinks were very good. Lots of selection for wines. The atmosphere/building is very cool.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Loved Noble Rot at last a really brilliant restaurant. Excellent wine list amazing staff and brilliant attention to detail of food and ambience. Be back soon a massive applause to all at Noble Rot.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Always excellent.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Lovely service from our South African waiter. Polite, knowledgable and friendly.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

Absolutely love this place. Great value for the quality of cooking and a superb eclectic wine list.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Loved it

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Always enjoy Noble Rot! Highly recommended.

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Very enjoyable food and wine. Excellent service. Adding a little sound-absorbing material would be a useful improvement; the hard surfaces make the background noise level quite high.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

Consistently excellent food. Some terrific wines suggested. Although the wines move above £40 very quickly, we were suggested a good alternative to the Languedoc red we normally get (now sadly unavailable) for about £25. The starter of duck hearts may just be the best balanced dish I've eaten this year. Keep up the good work.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

Delicious lunch, with good wines and excellent service.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

Impossible to fault with one of, if not the best set lunches in London.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

The sommelier in the back worked to e land horizons. After he offered a taste ot it, we had a glass of 2010 Fleurie. Don’t think I had ever had a nine year old gamay, but it was certainly worth trying.

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