The Cork & Bottle - Leicester Square

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£25 and under
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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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M
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Great place! Delicious wine! Will definitely come back!

g
London
190 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great little wine bar, a busy oasis in the middle of Leicester Square! Super ambience, a great menu, good food and very efficient and quick service. Will definitely return.

JM
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and good food and wine. It’s lovely to find a quirky, independent wine bar and restaurant in the heart of Leicester Square. Perfect for pre show diner, but book in advance. It was our second visit and won’t be our last.

BR
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

C&B is an institution that does its job very well - good wine and decent food. Bursting with character and in a prime location to service the West End.

It can get rather busy, and booking at peak times is essential.

The staff are charming and do their best to make it an enjoyable experience.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I used to go to the Cork and Bottle in my 30 to 40 years ago, so nice to see it still going strong.

a
London
12 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The legendary ham and cheese pie. So simple, so reliable, so delicious.

s
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in all respects. Have been coming for over 20 years whenever the opportunity presents itself and I’m never disappointed. Fantastic food, amazing wine and still the same lovely relaxed vibe I’ve loved since my first visit in 1992!

DH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool spot; spiral staircase into vino heaven. Friendly waitstaff and bartenders; awesome food.

V
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as ever, a hidden piece of Paris under the turmoil and chaos of Leicester Square, a fantastic menu, superb wine, wonderful service, a real delight and experience in every way, could never recommend highly enough, an absolute favourite.

JE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location for the theatre. Exceptional service and excellent food and wine. Glad we had a table for 4 for the two of us as tables very close together.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent-food , service and ambience. Fabulous place.

k
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food good, atmosphere good although very noisy and service is swift. Have been here many times and find it is consistent in quality of food, wine and service.

SM
London
136 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as ever - I’m a regular. But this was actually the first time I’ve tried the famous ham & cheese pie, and I could see what the fuss was about. The advantage of this dish is it will match many different wines both white & red - in this case a splendid Purgatorio 2015 from Torres.

LR
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a buzzy atmosphere, great food and great service. Such a gem hiding away behind a tiny frontage below ground level in central London. Well worth a visit.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Usually love this place, but on this occasion it really wasn't good enough. My friend and I arrived on time for our booking and were hastily shoved aside to the bar with no mention of how long we'd have to wait. There was no room to sit, so we stood with all our bags, being jostled by anyone walking past. After 40 minutes of waiting and being ignored each time we tried to catch a servers eye, I asked whether we should leave and eat elsewhere, and we were finally seated.

The rest of the meal was lovely as usual, but no acknowledgement of the unacceptably long wait. I would have expected the service charge to be removed at the very least, or a complimentary drink or dessert, but we were offered nothing.

This was such a stressful experience, instead of the treat it was supposed to be at the end of a long working day. This used to be our go-to option, but this experience has definitely left a bad taste.

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

When we first walked in it looked so nice, we were very impressed.

After standing there for 10 minutes waiting for someone to take our booking we decided to find our own table! When the waitress finally came over she was very short with us (borderline rude).

The food was nice, I had the shepherd's pie. It didn't come with any gravy and I would've asked the waitress for some but she didn't once come to our table to ask if we were ok and it seemed impossible to get her to come over. She just kept saying "give me a minute".

Overall we would have enjoyed it if the waitress had been welcoming!

A
London
50 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Haven’t been here for years and nothing has changed - it’s still as good as ever!

NW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great service. Food was special but not too different. The c&b mess was arguably a coffee ice cream sundae but I forgive them....just.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this for a drink after work, would not think you are in central London! Lovely atmosphere, a bit pricey but a great range of wines and cheeses so worth it!

GP
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend, but let's try and keep it a secret too

JW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our 3rd visit to the Cork & Bottle and it never disappoints. The service was great, our hostess very helpful and happy for us to take our time ordering and left us plenary of time between course even though the restaurant was so very busy. The food selection was amazing making our choices difficult, it was all superb. Looking forward to our next visit just a shame we live so far away!

PS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a little gem hidden in the middle of prime tourist London.
I've been to London hundreds of times and walked past this place many times and never noticed it.
After reading reviews online my wife and I visited after a trip to London and were so pleased we did. Great atmosphere and would never know we were feet away from Leicester Square and the hoards of people.
Service was great all evening and the food was top class and reasonably priced. We will definitely be back

j
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good value, great food/ wineif you are going on datetrytobookalcove you will thank me later ,

JL
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Love it, in the busiest place is a intimate wonder! Great vibe and great wine

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We’ve been coming here for over 40 years and lately we’ve been coming more for the ambience and wine list and less and less for the food.

MC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is one of my favourite spots in London and I actually don't want anyone else to know about it--it's popular enough as it is.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After more than twenty years of coming here it never fails to impress. This time we chose to spend our new year, excellent wine selection...lovely food and the best service in town. An all time favourite. Thank you

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great time here - fabulous food, wonderful wine, super staff. Staff are attentive but patient when we’re talking too much to choose. Even when it’s lively you can still have a conversation. I think I’ve been coming here for around 25 years and haven’t tired of it.

CM
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Let's admit it: the Cork and Bottle's changed since Don Hewitson ran the place himself. It's slicker and more consistent but there's a loss of some of it's eccentric charm relative to the old days. My friend chose Shepherd's Pie and I had Calve's Liver which I thought particularly excellent. Following a glass each of delicious Yalumba Riesling we shared a very good bottle of Chiroubles. I had a Cheese course (Vacherin Mont D'Or in very good condition) and a glass of Malmsey whilst my friend enjoyed Apple Tart Tatin. I would have liked it less noisy but it wasn't a great hardship.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here and was not disappointed. Nestled right in the west end this cozy basement is in stark contrast to the usual tourist driven restaurants nearby. Great French bistro food with a huge and high quality wine list. Slow cooked ox cheeks with mash is sublime. Grilled octopus starter is also fantastic. Highly recommend.

T
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great Christmas eve like always. Thank you!!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Took 1.5 hours to get food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Leicester Square so many times and never noticed this place. It was great! Perfect atmosphere, great wine and great food!!

J
London
38 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Was great for a christmas catch up with an old friend. As expected excellent wine selection

SB
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top people, Top job, we all really enjoy the night can not wait to come back . 😃🍷🍸🍾 merry Christmas to you all see you in the new year 👌

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Wine and food were delicious, service wonderful! A lovely little retreat for busy LSQ!!

P
Edinburgh
16 reviews