The Cork & Bottle - Leicester Square

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Contemporary European

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Our beliefs are simple - in a world full of so much terrific food and wine, why settle for a slab of quiche and a glass of boring plonk? Our food is innovative, fresh and tasty... and available at all hours. The wine list speaks for itself - "Legendary for its iconoclastic notes. It doesn"t necessarily tell you what the wine tastes like - you have to make your mind up. It's there to provoke interest", says Harpers, the wine trade magazine. As Barossa wine making supremo John Glaetzer puts it so succinctly, "Don, this is not just a wine list - it's a book". And a readable one at that!
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MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cheese and Ham pie is worth the trip alone, good service too and reasonable prices for somewhere so central.

AG
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place. It can get a bit loud but well worth going. The food is really good and around 300 wines to choose from. Cheese deli fridge a big plus too.

PJ
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A fantastic bar which over the years retains it great atmosphere in the very heart of London. Great wine, good food, great atmosphere. As my guest from New York said,"it was a delight"to come of a crowded street into the relaxed atmosphere of the Cork and Bottle"Long may it remain.

P
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Family get together

JS
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosy atmosphere with great food & wine. Extensive choice and friendly knowledgeable service

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Two of us sat in a side area where it was quiet and we could chat. Place not overly busy being lunchtime. Service attentive but not overwhelming and celery and Parmesan soup was delicious followed by spicy squid which was lovely.

DM
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place , amazing !

MH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Staff friendly, food somewhat limited in choice but all four of us enjoyed what we ordered - have to admit that my "thrice cooked chips" were excellent, but there were too many of them! Only problem was the level of the music which I found irritating - but I would still recommend this restaurant.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We have visited this wine bar many times before over the last 20 years and love its charactor and great wines. Sadly, on this occassion, it did not present at its best. My first 2 choices were sold out so I ended up with a bland salad, my husband's burger was cold and dry. Service from the kitchen was very slow. Will return, but will definitely stick with the cheese board next time! Having said that, the serving staff were friendly, polite and cheerful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 44th wedding anniversary. We’ve been coming here since Jan 1975 when we were students.

g
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great little place downstairs that you might walk by and miss it - but don’t. Small menu. Surprised at the quality of the food. Great service and friendly, hospitable, too. Definitely would return. Best make reservations; it’s small.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Although the waiters/waitresses were extremely nice, I am afraid the service was not good. We went there at 5pm so did have plenty of time before going to the Theatre and it was good that we did. Saying that it was a Friday evening, so very busy.
I am a regular at The Cork & Bottle and do like the atmosphere there.

The Cork & Bottle is still a favourite of mine!

AH
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

PE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ideal venue before theatre.

R
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely restaurant recommended by a relative. The food was very good as was the service. Afraid we had a very noisy table behind us making it difficult to hear over the raucous laughter but overall the experience was a very pleasant meal and would definitely go again.

EK
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very civilised place to meet for a pre-theatre supper. Excellent wine list, pleasant service and the chocolate mousse was excellent (and I've had a few...)

LC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Food is amazing, the wine is amazing, the staff are lovely. What more could you ask for?

Tucked away from the crowds of Leicester Square, an intimate French place, ideal for couple, friends, family basically anyone looking for good French food and fabulous wine. I recommend it to anyone!

GL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was great, but wine is the reason I love coming here - we asked for a recommendation and were served a stunning pinot noir from New Zealand. Service was a bit below par, but to be fair the newbie was backed up by very experienced and great staff.

P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely quirky little restaurant, a real gem in the heart of London. Hard to beat for good value and an interesting menu.

MD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ham & cheese pie never fails to please

NP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent as always- a real find in the otherwise mediocre chain selection around Leicester Square.

C
London
121 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My first visit to this wine bar/ restaurant. The service was friendly and the food reasonably priced especially for an establishment that has more of a wine focus. The menu is not huge but contained some interesting choices. I'd be happy to return if in the area looking for a bite to eat and a decent glass of wine.

HB
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here before going to the theatre, great atmosphere, good food. Massive selection of wine.

BO
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just what we wanted, great food at good prices for a pre theatre dinner. Highly recommended.

LW
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is our third visit for a meal. The service was good and my scallops were delicious. However we had cheese and the soft cheese was not! The waitress did apologise that it was not ready to be eaten but interestingly didn’t offer to take it off the bill. The other two cheeses were fine, but a bit fridge cold.
It was a shame as it spoilt an otherwise very good meal.

EH
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Good location, great selection of wines. The food was good but pretty pricey. We ordered a seafood platter which was just some fish pate and two types of salmon - definitely not what we expected. They also gave us hardly any bread to have with it and there wasn't a bread based side on the menu so we had to eat most of the fish on its own (which it didn't lend itself to that well). We enjoyed the other dishes we had, but I wasn't blown away by them. The atmosphere was lovely, however, and we would definitely go back for a bottle of wine and a cheese plate.

W
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booking the table was really easy via the app. As ever we enjoyed great service and the wine was fabulous. Ordered dinner which was really nice. Altogether a wonderful evening.

DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favourite "go to" restaurants in London.

m
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food
Great Wine
Great Location
Great Service

MT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Cosy place with good selection of wine and cheese. Competent service with recommendations on what to eat and drink depending on the customer's moods.

MR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and it was as good as the first.
Food is first class and well presented.
Friendly helpful service.
Actually better this time, as this time we indulged in their superb selection of cheese.

J
London
39 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Nice wine. Great cheese selection. Wonderful atmosphere.

P
London
50 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great wine selection and menu choice - no rush to get us out when we had a late lunch. Really nice place would definitely go again.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place - lovely wine, delicious food, great service.

LY
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were 3 people on a small table and I hit my head on a picture on the wall behind on 2 occasions. However for all that we enjoyed the experience and it is perfect for a pre theatre supper.

JF
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best wine bar in London. Great food and drink in a traditional setting. Perfect!

AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure to dine at this gem of a wine bar

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on Saturday lunchtime, before a show, had a lovely steak, and my friend had the duck, which she said was lovely, unfortunately didn't have time for a pudding, or the lovely looking cheese selection. Maybe next time.

w
London
22 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been coming to the cork and bottle for over 45 years. That says it all!

TD
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good selection of wine and some nice food on offer all delivered with a smile.

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