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28°-50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen

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The Fleet Street branch of a high-quality trio of wine bar/restaurants, equally good for food and wine

This exciting collaboration between sommelier Xavier Rousset and executive chef Agnar Sverrisson (their second, following haute cuisine restaurant Texture) is focused on wine, but has much more attention on food than the average wine bar.

You can eat from the bar or restaurant menu in either area; both are informally furnished with rough-hewn wood tables and teal blue walls hung with mirrors and restrained wine-abilia.

The bar menu lists a handful of charcuterie and cheese accompaniments; the restaurant menu is French-oriented, with British accents conferred by much of the produce.

Starters of tangy whitebait, prawns and capers on toast and beet salad indicated that something special was happening in the kitchen; Devon cod served with foraged seashore herbs and vegetables confirmed it.

Wine comes from either of two lists. One is 40-strong and eminently explorable – seldom repeating a grape variety, and with everything available in sampler glasses.

The other is a fine wine list, unusually compiled: 28°-50° effectively acts as an agent for collectors selling stock; there are some celebrated vintages from heavy-hitting winemakers. This system sometimes (though not always) results in good value. A grape or producer of the month is honoured with a special section.


Venue name: 28°-50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen
Address: 140 Fetter Lane
Opening hours: Open Mon-Fri noon-11pm. Meals served noon-2.30pm, 6-9.30pm.
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane tube
Price: Main courses £12.95-£31.95.

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Went for lunch here, and have only positive things to say. All the waiting staff were fantastically helpful, the general manager and head chef came to talk to us and were both incredibly friendly and the food was absolutely fantastic. We were expecting given the gourmet-style menu that the portions would be measly, but all three courses were perfectly portioned and had an amazing mix of flavours that had clearly been really well-thought through and went very well together. All in all, an exceptional experience - I will be going back and would recommend to anyone!!


Great varied wine list, fantastic service and good food. Whether it's a gang of mates, a hot date or even a working lunch, 2850 fulfills the brief. Also worth visiting their sister 2850 in the West End.