Kensington Wine Rooms

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This popular establishment purrs on, secure in the affections of its Kensington crowd, who treat it like a members’ club, lingering over bottles and meals and filling the place with atmosphere and confident conversation. The front bar, fringed with glasses, attracts the more knowledgeable wine crowd, who browse through 40 wines by the glass and 100 more in bottles (also for off-sale). These include classics typically available only in bottles, along with some more challenging newer-style varieties; the bar staff take pleasure in guiding your choices. Food consists of nibbles and platters. In the comfortable dining room behind, a full and sophisticated Modern European menu is available. Wine matches are suggested for each of the 15 or so dishes, some (for starters, at least) costing more than the food they accompany – a clear and laudable statement of intent. They were worth it, notwithstanding that the waiter lowered his voice to explain that the red Anjou was ‘natural’ and possibly less than smooth. We wish his expertise had extended to the grape blend, since it was off-appellation and delicious. The menu matches local tastes with luxury ingredients such as oysters, foie gras, steaks and côte de boeuf, served with modern flourishes. More interesting were yellow chanterelles, poached duck egg and sourdough toast; springily fresh chargrilled cuttlefish; and an excellent Ibérico pork. Well bedded-in staff kept things fast and friendly.

 

Venue name: Kensington Wine Rooms
Contact:
Address: 127-129 Kensington Church Street
London
W8 7LP
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight, meals served noon-10.45pm daily
Transport: Tube: Notting Hill Gate tube
Price: Main courses £14-£24. House wine £22.70 bottle, £4.20 glass

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Dave

I liked this. The wine, tapas and feel of the place was perfect for the informal relaxed evening I was after. Loved the natural wines they've got going - not too many places around this part of town that have a range like this. Definitely be back...

Jeremy Saunders

The wine here is the main attraction and the list is really excellent. With over 50 wines by the glass that are constantly rotating and available to try from their Enomatic dispensing machines - there's always things to get excited about! There natural wines section is a breath of fresh air, though its not at the expense of more classic styles. The guys on the floor are normally really happy to spend some time to explain styles and give suggestions, which helps because the wine selections can get a little esoteric (to say the least!). Food is great too. I normally go with their sharing plates in the bar but the Dinner menu is satisfying too.

Oliver Lorenz

What a great place, esp if like us you like wine! There's a fantastic selection of wines by the glass, on top of a well thought out main list wittily grouped around grape themes. The food is pretty good too, well matched to the wines with a good selection of small plates if you're mainly watering rather than grazing. Top foie gras and spanish iberico ham, lovely chic fondant...We moved to the area 6 month sago and this is definitely our local.

Notting Hill Local

This loud, overcrowded bar leading to a cramped dining 'room' with unfriendly, gruff staff and bland overpriced food and wine, fails to impress on all levels. Though we were seated quickly, 15 minutes passed before a grumpy waiter impatiently took our order. Our drink orders were brought to the table 10 minutes apart, and our meals came considerably later. My fish entree -Cod with broad beans- was not only tasteless, but was also brought to the table cold and was sent back. The fillet steak my friend ordered was also nothing special. Currently this place has nothing to offer for us to consider returning.