Cork and Bottle Hampstead

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40 reviews
£25 and under
Wine Bar
There’s an exciting vinous surprise coming to Hampstead this October, and this one is set to be a corker! The legendary Cork & Bottle wine bar, situated in the heart of London’s Leicester Square was founded by the equally legendary Don Hewitson back in 1971, and remains an iconic venue for wine lovers around the world. Don’s reputation allowed some of the best growers to invite him in and give him access to some of the world’s most treasured wines – the type of wines that usually only find their way to a few lucky locals. Cork & Bottle is now run by Will Clayton with just the same philosophies, all under Don’s auspicious eye. The team recently opened a more modern spin-off of the Leicester Sq institution, situated in the heart of Paddington, and is now set to open a third site in London’s leafy Hampstead this October. An ideal spot for both lunch and dinner, or for casual drinks with seats set to surround the long bar, or even out in the charming and undeniably cosy wine garden.
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4.0
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tried Monday Bunday. Burger and drink for £10, great deal!

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Jeremy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Always seems very quiet. Nothing special in the menu. Extensive and expensive wines but the ambience does not lend itself to enjoyment of a good wine. They do have special offers. Good if you want a quiet chat. It seems odd that it is so quiet.

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MattC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Nothing wrong with the food but the place is soulless. Very quiet for a Sunday afternoon. Better off using The Stag round the corner or even the Garden gate. Maybe it’s a bit more lively in the evenings.

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DianneR
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Most enjoyable re-visit. Interesting menu. Tops for a great selection of starters (octopus, squid, sweet potato fries, etc) topped off with a nice bottle of wine. sound level at a good level to enjoy good conversation :)

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vipSonia
London
36 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really nice place, good atmosphere. Lovely Sunday roast...highly recommend booking in advance

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ChristineP
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food, and a great choice of well priced drinks are a good start. The lovely lady in charge was extremely helpful. Our waitress was good, although she did insist on picking up all our glasses by the top instead of the base every time she topped up our water etc - a quick lesson in hygiene needed there. But that was the only fault we could find, so a very nice experience in all.

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Lexie
London
17 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly and welcoming venue, busy but not crowded so you feel like you have enough space and noisy conversations don't overwhelm the space. I was very late for our reservation due to train problems but they kindly let my husband sit and wait for over an hour on a Friday night. Food was excellent with a good range, advice on the wine was helpful, and the cheese was amazing.

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RachelM
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely afternoon. Great to find somewhere that allows dogs.

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Lucy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cork and Bottle is my favourite place in Hampstead - manages to be tasteful and sophisticated, yet cosy with a very warm feel. Food is amazing and fantastic variety of wines. Also best place in Hampstead for a roast and the staff are always lovely and tentative

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ElaineE
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I was overall happy with the food it came fresh and tasty, but the service was soooo slow and the waitress had very little personality and experience. quite disappointing unfortunately.

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joeycheesecake
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never been before but was impressed - took advantage of their deal, spend £40 on drinks and only pay £5 on your roast. Food was really good, staff were on it, attentive and engaged. Nice place - will def go again.

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Edward
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly as ever, roast was great, wine fantastic

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vipSquareMileOmnivore
London
141 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As a place to drink a really fine bottle of wine with simple food, the - so far - just three branches of The Cork & Bottle are unbeatable, and in fact I'm inclined to say, unmatched in London. This was my first visit to the Hampstead location. It's a very different space & decorative approach to the legendary Leicester Square basement (the original branch) but I found it most appealing. I was drawn in by the Wednesday offer of wines at the takeaway price list prices. This can be a real saving especially for some of the very best bottles. Note, however, not everything is cheaper, or necessarily much cheaper than the regular on-premise list. But there are real bargains to be had, so you can afford a bottle maybe every couple of months that you could normally afford only once a year. The food choice could perhaps be a little bit wider for mains, but what they do, they mostly do very well. This is the first time I've had the signature shepherd's pie and it did not disappoint. Dukkha lamb cutlet small plate also excellent. And that bottle? Te Mata Coleraine 2015 and worth every (discounted) penny. By the way, even the regular on-premise prices are reasonable by London standards.

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GaryK
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a meal with friends, the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Sunday lunch was good, and it was also dog friendly

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NealS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

For a typical Sunday roast and lunch its fantastic

MW
MichelleW
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food and drink were fantastic.
Lacked atmosphere due to partially fill.
Extremely friendly staff, who need training up a little more.
Lovely meal.

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ElizabethC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

This booking was for a family birthday celebration. We had originally booked a table for four, but we were six on the day. Fortunately they weren't very busy and were able to rearrange our table.
We all ordered the Sunday roast which is advertised as the best in Hampstead. All of our meals were brought out together, but my brother in laws food was stone cold and had to be taken back to the kitchen and reheated. He had a different meat and his meal must have been plated before the others and left.
At the end of the meal all six of us commented that the Yorkshire pudding had a sponge like texture and was tough to cut into and that the roast potatoes were hard and gave the impression they were frozen beforehand. They were also cut into small cube like pieces which is unusual for a Sunday roast? We paid our food and drinks bill then decided to move on and have desert elsewhere. All in all not a great experience and as a local it's a shame because it's not somewhere we will rush back to.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and environment - service was great and food was lovely =- great menu.

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GinnyE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I and my two friends had a delicious dinner on a quiet Friday evening. The seafood small plates were excellent albeit on the pricey side. The crab risotto was delicious as was the gnocchi main. There is a good selection of wines by the glass which suited us - we were able to taste a couple of glasses of very good reds.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Overall good but not great

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BarbaraL
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointing. When the restaurant first opened we popped into have a look. We liked the menu. Small but varied and good fish choices which is always my go to. That night it was full. It’s taken a time to return but I thought the experience poor. Wrong starter. Cold pasta which was sadly tasteless and a confused waitress. I’m sorry but I wouldn’t go back or recommend to friend. In fact we were with friends and cork and bottle was my suggestion. Embarrassing as it turned out. Shame as there isn’t a lot of choice in Hampstead and the location is great and decor fun. Not enough though.

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FionaL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue. Friendly staff. The food and wine was excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
45 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

My disabled partner called before we booked to ask if the restaurant had disabled access and was told yes by use of a ramp. When we arrived there was no ramp so I had to struggle to get the wheelchair up the step. We would come back if you got a portable ramp. Food and ambiance was good.

JL
JohnL
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Took my partner for valentines.
The food was absolutely tasteless. Crab linguine? Crab out of a tin?
The whitebait, had so much salt, it was inedible.
Over priced nonsense, masquarading as a a restaurant.
£30 bottle of Julianas Wine was warm.
Dishonest.
You will not survive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A lovely Sunday lunch. Great portions. Beef was perfectly cooked.

SM
SimonM
London
18 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Second time there. Early evening on a Saturday night. Biggest problem was the lack of atmosphere. One table was noisy, and just annoying. Couple of single people on laptops. There was no spark, no warmth to the place (and i'm not talking about the temperature of the building)


Hot food was nice. Cold food (pate, hams etc.)., almost freezing cold. Will I go back? Yes. It was the sort of evening where instead of having 2 bottles, we made do with 1 bottle and a glass of fizz.

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Aeats
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Excellent wine list, superb attentive and very friendly service, but the food really is of only a fair standard. I have sampled three different main courses on separate occasions, hoping to find something better than before, but have been disappointed. The selection of cheeses is good and the cheese board a good choice, but I regret the remainder of the menu needs a re-think.

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SonRepos
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The vegetarian Sunday roast was nice but small, especially for £17.50. Nothing special, and the yorkshire pudding was overcooked and a tad greasy. Other roasts in the area offer better value for money: they are a tad better quality and they are bigger and cheaper.
Nice ambience and quite. Good service.

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Occasionaldiner
London
23 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Four of us went for Sunday lunch. Three had good meals, one did not. I had a roast and it was delicious though the broccoli and cauliflower were bordering on the raw. The others ate off the normal menu. Two declared it "very good" but the fourth told me after we had left that her entire meal was dry and had been kept under lights for too long.

There was an excellent list of cheeses available and we all enjoyed our selection. The staff were attentive and efficient and the wine very good.

JT
JuneT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The latest addition to the tiny Cork and Bottle wine bar chain of 3. A well run wine bar with lovely food and a great wine list. My fish pie was delicious and my guest's steak was perfectly cooked.

NH
NeilH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The ambience of a morgue, distinctly average over priced food. Won't be going there again.

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vipckd1
London
91 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We didn't really dine other than nibbles but they were very nice. It's a nice open venue, very extensive wine collection and we also enjoyed an excellent Martini

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Alan16
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

For me this was a good and available alternative to a Pub Lunch as the Pubs in the Area get booked up well in advance of the Weekend. It is part of the expansion from a successful central London Wine-bar / restaurant. It is a Pub conversion. There is a lot of competition in the area which should help keep the quality up. Currently everything is good - but perhaps lacking anything excellent?

MA
MAT1
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

the staff were helpful & changed booking - we had delayed arrivals & that was coped with reasonably well arrival of food was not as seamless as i would have liked.

re table marred by bright lights from chiller section if we had been a smaller group I would have asked to be reseated.

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FionaL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch. Love the idea of the pan for the gravy. It suits those who like lots and those who don't. Delicious wine. Lovely staff.

EB
EmilyB
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ran out of calamari. But great atmosphere and delish wine!

FL
FionaL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday Lunch. Lovely courteous staff. Delicious champagne and wine by the glass. I can't wait to go back. It's exactly what Hampstead/South End Green needed. A great place to eat and drink and socialise.

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silviau
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very beautiful Ambiente and extremely helpful and friendly staff. The food was yummy, but portions on the small side. We loved the German Riesling recommended to us, it was excellent.

SM
SimonM
London
18 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowing all of the Cork and Bottle bars, this is a real gem. The entrance and welcome could not have been warmer. The décor is lovely - and the different types of seating was great.

It's the sort of bar where dogs were welcome.

The food, wine selection were excellent. And a real shout out to the staff - nothing was too little and they were really interested in us.

My personal preference is for this Cork and Bottle - mainly as there is better spacing between the tables - and the fantastic fires and window. It feels very open. Great evening and location. Cannot wait to go back.

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Evie
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Visited on third day after opening and the place was buzzing, very busy. I think the staff were a touch overwhelmed but still polite and served well. Foot and wine was great, and you can have a conversation which is becoming rare. Enjoyed a relaxed evening with fried and can recommend C&B, definitely.

FAQs

Cork and Bottle Hampstead does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Cork and Bottle Hampstead also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7267 6484.

Cork and Bottle Hampstead is rated 4 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.