For a wine bar to look inviting, it helps if you can see inside, and if it looks busy. On our visit we weren’t even sure if Monty’s was open, it looked so empty. But we persisted, to be greeted by the proprietor who was thrilled to greet some guests (we were the third group that evening). Once seated at the bar, our exuberant host made sure our wines by the glass were in tip-top condition (mostly Italian, from small producers. all good).
The ‘wine bar’ is a bit of a misnomer though, as it’s really a mid-range, slightly old-fashioned Italian restaurant that happens to have good wine service. From the lengthy menu, the pasta dishes we tried were freshly-made and good quality; the orecchiette was paired with a particularly fine beef ragu, and the burrata was so fresh it felt as if we were dining in Puglia.
As a hidden gem of a place for discreet meetings, Monty’s is perfect; but if you’re looking for West End buzz, you’ll do better elsewhere.